KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Oakland is re-thinking a $1 billion garbage contract that would have awarded all the money to a local company many say does not have the capacity to handle waste management for a city the size of Oakland.
Phil Matier: State Officials Want Investigation Into California Public Utilities Commission and PG&E
As suspicions are swirling about the all-too-cozy relationship between the PUC and PG&E, politicians are asking Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the notion of “judge shopping.”
Phil Matier: Little Effort Made To Change The Cozy Relationship Between The PUC And PG&E
One of the senior officials removed from the state Public Utilities Commission over emails showing PG&E and regulators appearing to negotiate which judge would be assigned to hear one of the utility's rate cases, could soon return to an administrative law judge position. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains that while there is reason to be outraged, he says there are many hire-ups that are still there.
Phil Matier: California’s New ‘3-Foot Buffer Zone’ For Cyclists Likely To Agitate Drivers
A new law stating that drivers must give cyclists at least three feet of room to anticipate their maneuvers goes into effect Tuesday. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider explains that this “buffer zone” is controversial because although this new law is meant to improve the safety for cyclists, many still violate basic traffic laws causing agtiation for drivers.
Phil Matier: PG&E Execs Lose Jobs After San Bruno Pipeline Disaster
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports three PG&E executives and an aide to the Public Utilities Commission president have lost their jobs following the release of emails between the two agencies regarding the San Bruno pipeline disaster.
Phil Matier: San Francisco Officials Want To Stop 'Box Blockers' On City’s Intersections
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses a potential "Don't Block the Box" campaign to stop motorists that stop along busy intersections with yellow lights and the political significance of just who these drivers are.
KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says voters will not get a chance to break California into six separate states after backers of the initiative failed to get the number of signatures required to put it on next year's ballot.
Phil Matier: The Story Behind Arnold’s Portrait Modification
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Governor’s portrait is now on display at the state capitol. But as KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown say that the image of the Governator’s ex-wife Maria Shriver, which was originally in the piece, has been painted over.
Phil Matier: Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Faces Uphill Battle To Re-Election
A new poll shows Quan significantly behind City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan in the race mayoral race. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the ranked choice voting that swept Quan into office could be working against her as the incumbent.
KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that the ACLU says it is concerned over the app called BART Watch that BART has released, which lets users contact police by using their smartphones to let people report suspicious activity.
Phil Matier: San Francisco Developers Renege On Paying Special Tax For Transbay Terminal And High-Speed Rail
While downtown developers had earlier promised to pay a special tax to help pay for the extension of the Caltrain to the new Transbay Terminal, KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says they are now lobbying San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and threatening a lawsuit because they claim the amounts are too excessive due to soaring property values
Phil Matier: Private Ambulances Being Used Amidst Shortage in San Francisco
San Francisco Fire Department officials were forced to call for private ambulances to help cover the Saturday night during the Labor Day Holiday weekend. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that while the city hasn’t increased in size, the number of people using emergency services has grown.
California Governor Jerry Brown and Republican candidate Neel Kashkari engaged in their only planned formal debate before November’s election yesterday. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown break down the performance of each politician.