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Phil Matier

Phil Matier

Breaking news & analysis from around the Bay Area, the state capitol & beyond. Listen to KCBS & Chronicle Insider Phil Matier's reports LIVE on KCBS All News 740 AM and 106.9 FM Mondays through Fridays at 7:50am and 5:50pm.
  • Thursday, September 29th
  • Phil Matier: Race for Barbara Boxer’s Senate Seat Tightens

    03:11
    Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is catching up with Attorney General Kamala Harris in the race to replace retiring Senator Barbara Boxer. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that’s according to the latest polls.
  • Phil Matier: State Treasure John Chiang To Run For Governor In 2018

    02:43
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes State Treasurer John Chiang’s political career and his recent action to suspend all California business ties with Wells Fargo for a year.
  • Tuesday, September 27th
  • Phil Matier: Governor Brown Expands Restrictions While Driving With A Cell Phone

    02:12
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains what the new restrictions are when driving with a cell phone and how enforceable the law will be.
  • Monday, September 26th
  • Phil Matier: Millennium Tower’s Homeowners Association is Starting to Take Action

    03:07
    The Homeowners Association for the Millennium Tower is installing sensors to track just how much the high rise is sinking. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says they’re trying to protect their investment.
  • Phil Matier: What’s Next for San Francisco’s Millennium Tower

    03:38
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the idea of how to fix and pay for the city’s popular sinking and leaning tower has yet to be determined.  
  • Friday, September 16th
  • Phil Matier: Opponents of Governor’s proposition are asking for a debate

    02:50
    District attorneys and crime victim's groups are calling on Governor Jerry Brown to debate them over his sentencing reform initiative on the November ballot. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses what Prop 57 does.
  • Monday, September 12th
  • Phil Matier: City of Oakland Facing Pressure to Build New Raiders Football Stadium

    03:03
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the pressure to get the deal done is coming from Las Vegas.
  • Friday, September 9th
  • Phil Matier: Seven officers facing charges in OPD sex scandal

    03:47
    Prosecutors in Alameda County have filed charges against seven current and former law enforcement officers in connection with the Oakland Police Department sex scandal. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses whether more officers could be facing charges.
  • Phil Matier: Tackling November’s Voter Guide

    03:38
    This election’s voter guide for California voters cannot exactly be considered light reading, as 224 pages of information will greet those wishing to become informed. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss how legislators are pushing more decisions onto the voting public.
  • Thursday, September 8th
  • Phil Matier: Bay Area Mayors Team Up to Support BART Bond

    03:04
    The mayors of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose came together today to show support for a multi-billion dollar BART bond measure. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier talks about how the measure would impact your commute and its prospect for passage.
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Searches For A New Police Chief

    02:52
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains after the firing and suspensions of Oakland police officers, the focus shifts to finding a new police chief.
  • Wednesday, September 7th
  • Phil Matier: OPD Sex Scandal

    03:35
    Four Oakland police officers have been fired and eight others are facing discipline following an investigation into a sex scandal that affected the department. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains what’s next on Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s agenda.
  • Phil Matier: Marin County Targets RV Parking

    03:27
    A new Marin County ordinance cracking down on RV parking could force some homeless back out on the streets. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says this comes at a time of rising rates of Bay Area homeless depending on RVs for shelter.
  • Tuesday, September 6th
  • Phil Matier: Proposal to Rename Some San Francisco Schools

    03:07
    The president of San Francisco’s school board says he will introduce a resolution that could pave the way for name changes at some public schools in the city. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier talks about what’s behind the proposal.
  • Phil Matier: Delays In Issuing Green Stickers For Electric Car Drivers To Drive Solo In California Carpool Lanes

    03:09
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the reasons behind the delays on issuing green stickers.
  • Friday, September 2nd
  • Phil Matier: Colorado State University confirms Toney Chaplin has a Bachelor’s Degree

    02:42
    Officials with the Colorado State University have confirmed that acting San Francisco Police Chief Toney Chaplin earned an online bachelor's degree from its school. Chaplin in the past wouldn't say where he got his degree because of privacy concerns. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how it took a while to get this information.
  • Phil Matier: Kaepernick Takes in the Anthem on Bended Knee

    03:37
    49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was joined by safety Eric Reid in his anthem protest, as the teammates knelt during the pre-game ceremony last night in San Diego before the team’s final preseason game. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss how political protests have evolved in the history of American sports.
  • Thursday, September 1st
  • Phil Matier: Governor Brown to Dine with Donors

    03:55
    The California Democratic Party is looking to raise money for political causes by having Governor Brown host dinners with potential donors. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says this comes as the governor is due to decide on hundreds of bills.
  • Phil Matier: What Do Bay Area Politicians Feel About 49ers’ Quarterback Colin Kaepernick Sitting During the National Anthem?

    03:10
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes the views of politicians and the public’s view on Colin Kaepernick’s purpose of sitting during the national anthem during NFL games.
  • Wednesday, August 31st
  • Phil Matier: Protesters Side With Colin Kaepernick

    03:17
    Today protesters showed up outside of the SF Police Officers Association to show their support for 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the ongoing controversy regarding his refusal to stand during the national anthem.
  • Phil Matier: State to Aid Workers’ Retirement

    03:21
    Millions of middle-to-low income Californians are set to be enrolled in a state program that will help with their future retirement. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the program, known as Secure Choice, is akin to a state Social Security.
  • Tuesday, August 30th
  • Phil Matier: Bill to Ban Secret Video Recordings in Health Clinics

    03:47
    California lawmakers have reached a compromise on a bill that would outlaw secret video recordings in health clinics. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says this comes after an anti-abortion activist recorded Planned Parenthood officials with a hidden camera.
  • Phil Matier: California Voting Bill Heads To The Governor’s Desk

    03:10
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains a voting bill in California that shifts from voting in person to voting by mail more.
  • Friday, August 26th
  • Phil Matier: New Bill makes it Harder to Build Coal Terminals in California

    02:12
    The governor signed into law Friday an East Bay legislator's bill that will make it a lot harder to build new coal terminals in California.  KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how this action at the state level relates to the ban on coal trains in Oakland.
  • Phil Matier: The War of Words on the Campaign Trail

    03:19
    Accusations of racism and bigotry are the new norm on the campaign trail as presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump gear up for the final months of the race. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss how this represents a shift from past campaigns.
  • Thursday, August 25th
  • Phil Matier: East Bay Senator Opposes BART Bond Measure

    03:10
    State Senator Steve Glazer, an ardent critic of BART, says he won’t support a bond measure for the transit agency on the November ballot. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says BART is hoping to raise $3.5 billion if the measure passes.
  • Phil Matier: Las Vegas Considers A Proposal To Fund A New Raiders’ Football Stadium

    03:24
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains who’s supporting the proposal for funding a Raiders’ stadium in Las Vegas and whether or not Oakland can come up with the money for a stadium.
  • Wednesday, August 24th
  • Phil Matier: History of Strip Clubs Supporting Political Causes

    03:04
    Some of San Francisco’s strip clubs are supporting Supervisor Scott Wiener for Senate. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says strip clubs have been supporting political candidates and other causes for a long time.        
  • Phil Matier: The Green and Gold on the Waterfront?

    03:19
    The Oakland Athletics and Raiders are both still looking for their next home. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the idea of a stadium on the Oakland waterfront for the A’s is still being explored, while Nevada officials are still trying to pull the Raiders to the City of Sin.
  • Tuesday, August 23rd
  • Phil Matier: California’s Floundering Cap-and-Trade Program

    02:19
    The state of California is having trouble selling cap-and-trade permits. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains what this means for the state’s climate policy.  
  • Phil Matier: The Peak Morning Commute To SF Is Getting Earlier

    03:00
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the reasons why the morning commute to San Francisco is getting earlier.
  • Monday, August 22nd
  • Phil Matier: California Lawmakers Deferring Maintenance On Crumbling Roads

    03:01
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Gov. Jerry Brown hasn’t done all that he can when it comes to pushing legislators to fix the roads.
  • Friday, August 19th
  • Phil Matier: Lane-splitting now legal in California

    02:31
    California has become the first state in the country to make lane-splitting legal. The bill was signed into law Friday by Governor Jerry Brown. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the new law.
  • Phil Matier: A Momentous Week for the GOP Nominee

    03:45
    Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort stepped down from his post today, capping a week that saw admissions of regret from the GOP presidential nominee and other personnel shake-ups in his camp. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss these events, and what they mean for the future of Trump’s campaign.
  • Thursday, August 18th
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Residents Will Vote On Taxing Soda In November

    03:01
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains who is for and against taxing soda in Oakland and the logistics behind the ballot measure.
  • Wednesday, August 17th
  • Phil Matier: Palace of Fine Arts Still Looking for Tenant

    02:17
    Plans to put an exposition hall in the Palace of Fine Arts have fallen through, forcing city officials to start over in their search for a tenant. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says it’s not for a lack of applicants.
  • Tuesday, August 16th
  • Phil Matier: Why Are California’s Gas Prices Higher Than The Rest Of America?

    03:41
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the price difference between California and the national average, as well as the reasons behind the price hike.
  • Monday, August 15th
  • Phil Matier: Bay Area Wants to Host Another Super Bowl

    02:39
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the changes that need to be made for the event to work the second time around.
  • Friday, August 12th
  • Phil Matier: ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow Plans to Write Autobiography

    03:40
    Convicted Chinatown gang leader Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow has written an auto-biography, but don't get your hopes up about reading it anytime soon. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses why.
  • Wednesday, August 10th
  • Phil Matier: Carly Fiorina Sets Her Sights On a New Office

    02:42
    Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina may be campaigning to be the next chair of the Republican National Committee. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier breaks down her chances.
  • Tuesday, August 9th
  • Phil Matier: Presidential Candidates Aren’t Getting As Much Campaign Money From Silicon Valley As In Past Elections

    02:24
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the differences in the tech community with workers and the breakdown of campaign contributions for presidential candidates.
  • Monday, August 8th
  • Phil Matier: The Future of Downtown SF

    02:53
    San Francisco political activist Rose Pak is fighting against the city's plan to turn lower Stockton Street in Union Square into a permanent pedestrian space. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why.
  • Friday, August 5th
  • Phil Matier: Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump in new Silicon Valley poll

    03:12
    A poll by an influential Silicon Valley business group finds Hillary Clinton well ahead of Donald Trump. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group poll of likely voters in Santa Clara County finds 58 percent supporting Clinton compared to 21 percent for Trump. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses why voters in the area are shying away from Trump.
  • Thursday, August 4th
  • Phil Matier: Budget Shortfall in California’s 911 Systems

    03:47
    Funds for California’s 911 systems are drying up. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the budget shortfall comes as the state works to update the system to accommodate cell phones.
  • CA State Lawmakers To Vote On Faster Housing Construction Proposal

    03:45
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the pros and cons of a proposal to jump-starting housing construction in California that lawmakers are deciding upon.
  • Wednesday, August 3rd
  • Phil Matier: Meg Whitman Backs Hillary Clinton

    03:13
    Meg Whitman, Hewlet-Packard executive and former Republican gubernatorial nominee, has announced that she is voting for Hillary Clinton. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says it’s a snapshot of what’s going on within the Republican Party.
  • Tuesday, August 2nd
  • Phil Matier: PG&E Dodges $562 Million Fine in San Bruno Explosion Case

    02:58
    A federal judge has cut nearly all of a potential $562 million fine against PG&E in a criminal case alleging pipeline safety violations after a deadly explosion in San Bruno. KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says state regulators have already levied a hefty fine against the utility.
  • Phil Matier: Why San Francisco Supervisors Rejected A Proposed Tax On High Tech Companies

    02:22
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the backstory behind a proposed tax on high tech companies and the reasons why it didn’t go through.
  • Monday, August 1st
  • Phil Matier: Kate Steinle’s parents might have lawsuit dismissed

    03:35
    San Francisco officials are asking a federal magistrate to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Kate Steinle’s parents. Steinle was fatally shot as she walked with her father on Pier 14 back in July of 2015. The suspect in the case was a man who was in the country illegally and had been set free by the Sheriff's Department in accordance with San Francisco's sanctuary city policy. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses what the city is saying now.
  • Phil Matier: Residential Landmark in SF Continues to Sink

    03:26
    Ever since the Millennium Tower was completed eight years ago, the fifty-eight story building has sunk sixteen inches and tilted two. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the big questions are why it's happening and who's to blame.
  • Friday, July 29th
  • Phil Matier: Possible Car Ban on San Francisco's Stockton Street

    03:23
    San Francisco city officials have been considering a plan to ban all cars from a portion of Stockton Street near Union Square, but the idea may never make it to the testing stage. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the plan.
  • Phil Matier: Re-Introducing Hillary at the DNC

    03:35
    History was made in Philadelphia last night, as Hillary Clinton became the first woman to become a major party presidential nominee. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss this week’s convention and what shape the campaigns of Clinton and Donald Trump might take leading up to November’s election.
  • Thursday, July 28th
  • Phil Matier: Oakland’s Growing Homeless Population

    03:18
    Oakland city officials are trying to come up with a strategy to deal with an ever increasing homeless population. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the city wasn’t prepared for the sudden homeless population boom.
  • Phil Matier: Bay Area Transportation Officials Hope For 40 Million Dollars To Help Commuters

    03:24
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how more money would be used to help with Bay Area public transit and car drivers.
  • Monday, July 25th
  • Phil Matier: Democratic National Convention Speakers

    03:47
    California Governor Jerry Brown and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom are expected to speak at the convention this week. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier compares the two leaders. 
  • Phil Matier: SF Museum Board Chief Dede Wilsey Steps Down

    02:54
    KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the controversial issues surrounding her leave.
  • Friday, July 22nd
  • Phil Matier: Police and firefighters honor Public Safety Workers on Same Day SF Supervisors honor Mario Woods

    03:14
    Unions representing police officers in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland police unions along with the International Association of Firefighters have taken out a full-page ad in Friday's San Francisco Chronicle to honor public safety workers. This comes on the same day San Francisco Supervisors chose to honor Mario Woods who was fatally shot by officers last December. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses what lead to the ad.
  • Phil Matier: Turning the Page to the Democrats

    03:57
    The Republican National Convention wrapped up yesterday with Donald Trump accepting the party’s nomination for president in the 2016 election. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown reflect on his lengthy speech and look towards the tone Hillary Clinton and the Democrats might take in their convention next week.
  • Thursday, July 21st
  • Phil Matier: More Building Inspections Are Needed in San Francisco

    03:35
    A recent grand jury report said the city of San Francisco is not fully protecting residents from fires. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says one issue is the lack of employees working for the Department of Building inspection.
  • Phil Matier: Behind The Scenes With Protesters Chaining Themselves To The Front Doors Of The Oakland Police Officers’ Association Offices

    03:35
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the reasons and logistics behind the protesters demands yesterday at the Oakland Police Officers’ Association offices.

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