Phil Matier: Retiring State Senator Lands Lucrative Gig
Former state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett may have been recently termed out of office, but she has landed a $128,000 a year post on California’s Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider says Corbett’s appointment comes after she was hired by the Hayward School District.
Phil Matier: Pro Recreational Pot Video Making Rounds On Web
California’s 2016 statewide ballot could include an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana and advocates are already jumping into the fray. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says an amateurish video promoting the initiative is making the rounds on the web.
Phil Matier: Referendum To Repeal Plastic Bag Ban Qualifies For November 2016 CA Ballot
A statewide ban on single-use plastic bags has been suspended until the November 2016 election. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the effects on the industry and the residents of California.
Phil Matier: East Bay Assemblyman And San Francisco Supervisor Take Swing At Smokeless Tobacco Ban At Ballparks
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the politics behind Assemblyman Tony Thurmond’s (D-Richmond) bill to ban all forms of tobacco at MLB ballparks in the state and San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell wanting to ban smokeless tobacco on any field in the city.
Phil Matier: Pouring Money Into The East Bay Senate Race
KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says several groups have combined to spend more than a million dollars on the upcoming East Bay senate primary. The top two candidates will square off in a special election May 19th.
Drivers are being warned to keep everything out of sight inside their vehicles around the Bay Area, as criminals have been targeting parked cars. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says thieves are drawn to this crime because of its ease and relative low risk.
Phil Matier: California Attorney General Approves Sale of Nonprofit Hospitals
Attorney General Kamala Harris has approved the sale of six nonprofit Catholic hospitals to a for-profit corporation. But KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Harris has imposed strong conditions on the purchase.
Phil Matier: Raiders And San Diego Chargers May Share A New Home
The San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders might be sharing a football stadium if a new proposal goes through. Both teams are expected to announce their plans Friday morning for a $1.7 billion field in Carson—in L.A. County. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss more about the press conference and where the project’s funding might originate.
Phil Matier: Oakland Coliseum Appoints New Director
The Oakland Alameda Coliseum Authority will appoint Scott McKibben, once director of the Rose Bowl, as its new leader tomorrow. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says McKibben will be tasked with keeping the A’s and Raiders in town.
Phil Matier: The Difficulty Of Negotiating The West Coast Port Labor Dispute
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the West Coast labor dispute at the ports is a slow down and not an official strike, which makes it difficult for the two parties to come together.
Phil Matier: Airbnb Pays Millions In Back Taxes to San Francisco
KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Airbnb has paid tens of millions in back taxes to the city of San Francisco. The city treasurer had estimated the amount owed to be $25 million, but a company spokesman declined to say how much they've paid.
San Francisco’s oldest taxi company is now being rebranded as Flywheel Taxi. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the changes the company will be making to compete with the growing ride service industry.
Phil Matier: Derailed West Virginia Oil Train Raises Concerns in Bay Area
A train carrying Bakken crude derailed in West Virginia and caused a fire that has been burning for more than a day. KCBS, KPIX and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the highly combustible Bakken crude is also transported through the Bay Area.
Phil Matier: Labor Secretary Tom Perez Joins The Port Labor Talks As The Slowdown Continues
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier doesn’t believe Labor Secretary Tom Perez will be able to help much in the negotiations between the port laborers and their employers. Businesses, meanwhile, could look elsewhere to get their goods shipped.
Phil Matier: Proposed State Measure Abhorred By Cyclists
California adult cyclists do not support a proposed state law that would require them to wear helmet while riding or face a fine. SB192 would make California the first state that requires those over the age of eighteen to wear a helmet. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the effect the law could have on the state if it passes.
Phil Matier: Obama Switches Hotels for Bay Area Trip
President Obama is back in the Bay Area, but his itinerary looks a bit different this time. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the president is staying at San Francisco’s Fairmont hotel this time, instead of the Intercontinental Hotel just south of Market Street.
Phil Matier: Big Turnout for San Francisco General’s Heroes and Hearts
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and KCBS’ Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor were among the attendees at San Francisco General’s 10th annual Heroes and Hearts luncheon this week. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and Brown discuss the absence of former Mayor Art Agnos.
In a contentious vote, BART’s Board of Directors opted to ask the Alameda County District attorney to continue prosecuting protesters who shut down West Oakland Station on Black Friday. But KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says those charges won’t include a requirement to pay restitution.