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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.
  • 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.
  • Wednesday, July 20th
  • Phil Matier: Supporters and Critics of San Francisco Mayor Face Off

    02:48
    A small group of protestors attempting to recall San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee were met by his supporters on City Hall last week. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says both sides are willing to use any tool at their disposal.
  • Phil Matier: CHP Sends Hundreds to Cleveland for RNC Assistance

    03:20
    300 CHP officers have a new beat this week; the streets of Cleveland for the Republican National Convention. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the outsourcing has people asking about how this is being funded, and if there will be a shortfall of officers on the roads back home.
  • Tuesday, July 19th
  • Phil Matier: The Warriors Move Closer To Building A Basketball Arena In Mission Bay

    03:16
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the impact of the Warriors likely moving to San Francisco after a court decision approving the move.
  • Monday, July 18th
  • Phil Matier: The Golden State Warriors are moving to San Francisco

    03:11
    A court ruling confirmed the construction of a new Warriors arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains what will happen next.
  • Friday, July 15th
  • Phil Matier: Mike Pence Tapped as Trump’s VP Pick

    04:19
    Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate in the 2016 Presidential race. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown were discussing Pence as the confirmation from the Donald (via Twitter) happened.
  • Friday, July 1st
  • Phil Matier: Governor Jerry Brown Signs Stringent Gun Bills

    03:23
    Governor Jerry Brown signed six gun control bills into law Friday while vetoing five other measures. The bills signed include a requirement that people turn in high-capacity magazines and regulations requiring background checks for ammunition sales. All this comes a week after backers of a proposal by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom submitted enough signatures to qualify a gun control measure for the November ballot. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the issue.
  • Phil Matier: “Social” Clinton-Lynch Meeting Raises Eyebrows

    03:46
    Amidst an on-going federal investigation of his wife and her handling of sensitive e-mails, former President Bill Clinton met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on-board a private plane this week. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the meeting with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown who calls it a “tactical error.”
  • Thursday, June 30th
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Officials Push for Speed Cameras

    02:20
    The deaths of two bicyclists in separate hit and run accidents in San Francisco last week have prompted calls for speed enforcement cameras in the city. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why the city isn’t allowed to use them.
  • Phil Matier: A CA Bill Fails That Would Make The Costs For Male And Female Razors The Same Price

    03:21
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the pink tax and the reasons behind the price difference between products for men and women.
  • Wednesday, June 29th
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Landlords to Sue Over Rising Garbage Costs

    03:14
    Garbage collection rates have been increasing throughout the Bay Area, and landlords in Oakland have had just about enough. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says their legal action will shine a light on high franchise fees.
  • Tuesday, June 28th
  • Phil Matier: California’s Utility Regulator to Undergo Reorganization

    02:16
    Major reforms are in store for the California Public Utilities Commission. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the changes come in response to the agency’s cozy relationship with PG&E.  
  • Phil Matier: Oakland City Council Votes To Block Transport And Storage Of Coal

    02:56
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the legal ramifications of Oakland City Council not wanting coal in their city when a developer wants to ship coal from their port.
  • Monday, June 27th
  • Phil Matier: Lucas Museum Will be Built in the Golden State

    02:50
    We now know the Lucas museum is not going to be in Chicago, but will be built in California. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses where in the state the museum might be.
  • Friday, June 24th
  • Phil Matier: George Lucas Will Not Build Museum in Chicago

    02:29
    Filmmaker George Lucas decided Friday that he will not build his museum in Chicago, but he has been in talks with San Francisco city officials about a possible site on Treasure Island. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses why Los Angeles and other cities are interested in having the museum.
  • Phil Matier: Political Response to Gun Control Sit-in on House Floor

    03:39
    Democrats held a sit-in this week on the floor of the House of Representatives to demand further gun control legislation. Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown joins KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier to discuss how he would have handled the situation if he was Speaker Paul Ryan.
  • Thursday, June 23rd
  • Phil Matier: Two San Francisco Bicyclists Killed in Hit-and-Run Accidents

    03:47
    Two cyclists were killed in separate hit-and-run accidents in San Francisco. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier takes a look at city efforts to keep bicyclists safe.
  • Phil Matier: SF Police Commission Approves New Use-Of-Force Policy

    03:34
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the details on the San Francisco Police Commission’s changes to the new use-of-force policy, including de-escalation.
  • Wednesday, June 22nd
  • Phil Matier: State Senate Primary Race Still Being Determined

    03:24
    San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim is pulling ahead of Supervisor Scott Weiner in the primary race for State Senate. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says to understand her late surge, you have to follow the money.
  • Phil Matier: SF Tent City Initiative Destined for November Ballot

    03:10
    In November, San Francisco voters will weigh in on how the city deals with so-called “tent cities” for the homeless. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier takes a look at the details of the initiative and the political rationale for backing or being against the measure.
  • Tuesday, June 21st
  • Phil Matier: Grand Jury Calls for Audit of Levi’s Stadium

    02:49
    In 2010 Santa Clara voters approved a measure prohibiting the city from using public funds on Levi’s Stadium. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says an independent auditor might be brought in to determine if the city spent tax dollars on the new stadium.
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Mayor Libby Shaaf Finds An Acting Assistant Police Chief

    03:21
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the reasons for selecting David Downing to the Oakland’s assistant police chief position and the national perception of Oakland’s police department.
  • Monday, June 20th
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Police Department Chaos Has Many Questioning Mayor

    03:16
    Many are wondering if Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has lost control of the police department with three chiefs in a little more than a week and multiple scandals. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses whether the mayor can turn things around.  
  • Friday, June 17th
  • Phil Matier: Interim Oakland Police Chief Fired Just Less Than a Week

    03:04
    The Oakland Police Department is now on its third chief within the past week as misconduct claims have been piling up against officers. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the issue.
  • Thursday, June 16th
  • Phil Matier: SF Supervisor Proposes Tethering Police Funds to Reforms

    03:26
    A San Francisco Supervisor is proposing to make part of the police budget contingent on reforming the department’s use-of-force policy. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier takes a look at what this means for the city of San Francisco.  
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Mayor Libby Shaaf Searches For New Police Chief After Firing The Latest Interim Police Chief

    03:43
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the details of the hiring and firing revolving door of the police chiefs of Oakland.
  • Wednesday, June 15th
  • Phil Matier: Mayor Schaaf Replaces Oakland’s Police Chief Again

    03:48
    Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced Wednesday that she was replacing interim police chief Ben Fairow who had only been on the job less than a week. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says there’s more than what Mayor Schaaf is telling the public.
  • Phil Matier: SFPD Officers Eye SFO

    03:21
    A new beat is gaining popularity within the ranks of the San Francisco Police Department... airport detail. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses why an assignment once called “Siberia”, is the new hot destination.

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