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Phil Matier

Phil Matier

KCBS & Chronicle Insider Phil Matier offers breaking news and analysis from around the Bay Area, the state capitol and beyond. Phil Matier can be heard weekdays at 7:50am and 5:50am
  • Friday, May 22nd
  • Phil Matier: Kim Kardashian Bridezilla Bill

    The state legislature has approved higher fines for weddings and other events that cause big traffic problems. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the problem started with Kim Kardashian’s wedding.
  • Friday, May 22nd
  • Phil Matier: SF Mayor Ed Lee Finally Gets the Endorsement of Governor Jerry Brown

    Governor Jerry Brown instructed San Francisco voters to re-elect Mayor Ed Lee. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the endorsement, and who actually values such an announcement.
  • Phil Matier: Will the NFL Return to LA?

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the prospects for the construction of a new stadium in the Los Angeles area.
  • Thursday, May 21st
  • Phil Matier: Protesters Outside UC Board Of Regents Support New Warriors Arena

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains protesters outside of the UC Board of Regents want the land in Mission Bay to become the site of the new Warriors arena, instead of expanding the UCSF campus.
  • Phil Matier: Orinda Mayor Wins East Bay State Senate Seat

    Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer has defeated Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla for a special election senate seat. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Glazer faced fierce opposition from organized labor.
  • Wednesday, May 20th
  • Phil Matier: Officials Move Forward With Possible Site For New Raiders/Chargers Stadium In Southern California

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains former 49ers President Carmen Policy is addressing NFL owners on pushing for land development in Carson, California for an NFL stadium and highlights where the money is coming from, as well as how Oakland is dealing with it.
  • Phil Matier: What Could Governor Brown’s Climate Change Pact Accomplish?

    Governor Jerry Brown met with leaders from 11 other states and international provinces to sign a climate change pact reducing carbon emissions. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how much of an effect this non-binding agreement could have.
  • Tuesday, May 19th
  • Phil Matier: Studies Show Conflicting Impact Of Airbnb On San Francisco Housing

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains two new reports differ in the research and numbers of how short-term rental companies like Airbnb have on the housing market in San Francisco.
  • Phil Matier: Drug Smuggling Ring Ensnared at Oakland Airport

    Fourteen people have been taken into custody for allegedly smuggling drugs through Oakland International Airport. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the group was part of a drug trafficking ring that included three baggage handlers at the airport.
  • Monday, May 18th
  • Phil Matier: Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez under fire for Mocking Native Americans

    Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s (a Democrat who represents Southern California) campaign for a senate seat has come under scrutiny. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses a video that shows the politician mocking Native Americans.
  • Friday, May 15th
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Getting Ready for Bay to Breakers

    San Francisco is preparing for the next Bay to Breakers race on Sunday. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier on what the city is planning.
  • Friday, May 15th
  • Phil Matier: Transit Officials Consider A Wrong-Way Lane For Bus Commuters On The Bay Bridge

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and Former Mayor Willie Brown discuss transportation problems and solutions like using a wrong-way lane for bus commuters on the Bay Bridge.
  • Phil Matier: Transit Officials Consider A Wrong-Way Lane For Bus Commuters On The Bay Bridge

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and Former Mayor Willie Brown discuss transportation problems and solutions like using a wrong-way lane for bus commuters on the Bay Bridge.
  • Phil Matier: Governor Brown Releases Revised Budget

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the governor’s budget increases spending on education and drought relief.
  • Thursday, May 14th
  • Phil Matier: U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez Expected To Run For U.S. Senate

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the chances U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez has of raising money and whether she can challenge felllow Democrat, state Attorney General Kamala Harris.
  • Phil Matier: Crime Activity at San Francisco’s Haight Street McDonald’s

    A McDonald's on Haight Street in San Francisco has come under fire. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier said it is considered by many to be a hotbed of criminal activity.
  • Wednesday, May 13th
  • Phil Matier: Governor Brown Expedites Environmental Review For Warriors Proposed Arena

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how Governor Jerry Brown was able to speed up the environmental review process for the Warriors proposed arena in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood.
  • Phil Matier: Attorney General Kamala Harris Might Have a Challenger

    State Representative Loretta Sanchez might be preparing to run against Kamala Harris to replace Senator Barbara Boxer. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how Sanchez could be a formidable opponent for Harris.
  • Tuesday, May 12th
  • Phil Matier: Bay Bridge Problems Could Cost $4 Million For Toll Payers

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the expensive problems the Bay Bridge faces and who’s directly involved with the issues.
  • Phil Matier: East Bay Senate Race Turns into a Fiery Debate

    More allegations of improper activity have been levied in the East Bay state Senate race between Steve Glazer and Susan Bonilla. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier on the latest accusations in the heated campaign.
  • Monday, May 11th
  • Phil Matier: A New Configuration for Southern San Francisco?

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is reportedly shopping a plan that would tear down a portion of Interstate 280 heading into San Francisco. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says those behind the plan are touting a potential eased flow of traffic in the area, as well as more room for development.
  • Friday, May 8th
  • Phil Matier: Available City Land on San Francisco’s Waterfront is Shrinking

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the waterfront development battle in San Francisco.
  • Friday, May 8th
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco’s Police and Sheriff’s Departments Under Investigation

    San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced this week that potential biases by the city's police and sheriff's departments would be investigated. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss if there are disproportionate arrest rates and police staffing across racial lines in San Francisco.
  • Phil Matier: Can Oakland Gain Back Control Of Council Meetings?

    Tuesday's meeting of the Oakland City Council was disrupted by a rowdy group of protesters. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier looks at the problems at City Hall.
  • Thursday, May 7th
  • Phil Matier: Bay Bridge Faces More Problems With Leaky Tower Base

    TKCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the leaky tower base problem with the Bay Bridge, as well as the problems with the bolts and how much the repairs will cost.
  • Phil Matier: BART Faces Budget Nightmare

    Massive delays are not the only problems facing BART. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the transit agency needs to come up with more than $9.6 billion to stay afloat through 2024.
  • Wednesday, May 6th
  • Phil Matier: New California Water Regulations

    New urban conservation laws have been approved by state water regulators. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses these new policies and the effect they will have on the state.
  • Phil Matier: More Hurdles in Moving the A’s to San Jose

    A Santa Clara County judge has ruled that San Jose’s deal with the Oakland A’s is invalid. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how this will affect the A’s future in San Jose.
  • Tuesday, May 5th
  • Phil Matier: SF Giants Change Up Their Mission Rock Redevelopment Plan

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses reasons why the San Francisco Giants have changed their mixed-use development plan near AT&T Park to have shorter buildings and more affordable housing and how this development could affect the Warriors' stadium being built in San Francisco.
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Mayor Criticized for ‘May Day’ Response

    Oakland businesses are not happy with the way the city of Oakland handled May Day protests which turned violent Friday night. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says some see the uproar as the first test for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
  • Monday, May 4th
  • Phil Matier: Body Cameras May Not Help Police Crack a Case

    The Oakland police department has been wearing body cameras since 2010, and the head of the union is warning police departments nationwide of the negative consequences. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the issue.
  • Friday, May 1st
  • Phil Matier: Chinatown Workspace Violates S.F. Space

    A new work sharing space that's opened in Chinatown is drawing the wrath of community activists who say it violates zoning laws set up to protect that part of the San Francisco. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the dispute.
  • Friday, May 1st
  • Phil Matier: Plans To Build New Golden State Warriors’ Stadium Faces Opposition

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and Former Mayor Willie Brown discuss people opposing building a new stadium for the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco’s Mission Bay, because it could negatively affect the traffic around the new UCSF Hospital.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Mayor Proposes Police Officer Body Cameras

    San Francisco police officers may soon be equipped with body cameras. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the proposal has brought up first amendment concerns.
  • Thursday, April 30th
  • Phil Matier: Bay Area Pro Sports Teams Face Lack Of Parking For Fans

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how professional sports teams in the Bay Area are trying to get more fans to come to games via public transit, yet they still want to have more parking near their stadiums and arenas.
  • Wednesday, April 29th
  • Phil Matier: New Opposition To Golden State Warriors Arena In San Francisco

    A group of donors to the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center have come forward as adversaries to the Warriors planned new arena in Mission Bay. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses why they are opposed to this construction and how this might affect the team's plans.
  • Phil Matier: Could Fines for Water Wasters Go Up to $10,000 a Day?

    Governor Jerry Brown has said he wants to raise water fines to as much as $10,000 per day. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says it’s more of a deterrent than a realistic policy, and discusses real changes California should make.
  • Tuesday, April 28th
  • Phil Matier: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Pushes For Water Conservation

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger hosted an emergency water forum on Monday, but there is a major divide between cities in the Bay Area that are conserving water and those who are not.
  • Phil Matier: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Pushes For Water Conservation

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger hosted an emergency water forum on Monday, but there is a major divide between cities in the Bay Area that are conserving water and those who are not.
  • Phil Matier: Port Truck Drivers Walk Off the Job

    Truck drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach walked off the job on Monday, claiming that they're victims of wage theft. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says there’s a chance those protests could spread to the Port of Oakland.
  • Monday, April 27th
  • Phil Matier: Faces of BART Directors May Soon Be Well-Known

    A BART Board member wants to put headshots of the transit agencies nine directors on all trains and in all stations. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses what he thinks about the proposed plan.
  • Friday, April 24th
  • Phil Matier: Many Russian Hill Residents Say No to a Neighborhood Target

    A developer who scrapped plans to build more housing at the old Lombardi Sports building on Polk Street in Russian Hill is facing opposition from residents who don't want to see a Target store on the site. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the issue.
  • Friday, April 24th
  • Phil Matier: Early Endorsement for Ed Lee’s Re-election

    The San Francisco Democratic Party has endorsed Ed Lee for the upcoming race for mayor although opponents still have two months to declare their intentions to run. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the significance of this endorsement.
  • Phil Matier: New Stadium Complex for the Oakland Raiders?

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the NFL has been playing interference with the developer hoping to build a new home for the Oakland Raiders.
  • Thursday, April 23rd
  • Phil Matier: Barry Bonds' Obstruction Of Justice Conviction Overturned By Appeals Court

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains that former baseball player Barry Bonds was targeted in a government investigation for using performance-enhancing drugs to gain national attention on the issue.
  • Phil Matier: Cordileone Opts Out of ‘March for Marriage’

    San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has decided not to attend this year's March for Marriage in Washington, D.C this Saturday. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Cordileone drew criticism for attending last year’s rally.
  • Wednesday, April 22nd
  • Phil Matier: Many Fuming Over 49ers' Proposal For Soccer Field Near Levi's Stadium

    A proposal by the San Francisco 49ers to pay Santa Clara to use a nearby youth soccer field for game day parking is drawing the wrath of some city residents and politicians. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses where the plan stands now.
  • Tuesday, April 21st
  • Phil Matier: California Court Rules Tiered Water Billing Violates State Law

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the ruling that water bills cannot be more than the services granted will make it hard to offset receiving extra money that could be used to help with the drought.
  • Phil Matier: Huge Crowds Rein In “Marijuana Holiday” in Golden Gate Park

    Thousands of people gathered in Golden Gate Park's Hippie Hill to mark April 20th, which some call the marijuana holiday. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that those gathered felt free to light up in the park, and called for the drug to be legalized.
  • Monday, April 20th
  • Phil Matier: SF Sheriff Mirkarimi Wants Domestic Violence Conviction Expunged From His Record

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the reason why San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi wants his domestic violence conviction for abusing his wife dropped, is because of his upcoming re-election campaign.
  • Friday, April 17th
  • Phil Matier: Attorney General Announces Bias Reduction Training Program for Police

    California Attorney General Kamala Harris has unveiled a new statewide training program for police officers. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the program seeks to curb officers’ built-in biases that compromise their ability to enforce laws fairly and use appropriate force.
  • Friday, April 17th
  • Phil Matier: UC Admissions Numbers Coming Out Next Month

    The UC system’s admissions numbers are usually out this time of year, but they’ll be a month late this time around. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss why the delay is being blamed on an ongoing fight over tuition hikes between Governor Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano.
  • Phil Matier: Vote on Bill to Mandate Child Vaccinations Delayed

    Voting on a bill that would mandate the immunization of California school children has been delayed. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the bill has sparked heated debate.
  • Thursday, April 16th
  • Phil Matier: Prominent Catholics Want New Archbishop In San Francisco

    Over 100 prominent Bay Area Catholics have funded an ad in the San Francisco Chronicle calling for the ouster of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone . KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier looks at whether it will have any effect on the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Catholics Petition for Archbishop’s Removal

    San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has sparked controversy in the Bay Area with his outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says a group of prominent Catholics are taking action, putting a full page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle asking Pope Francis to remove the Archbishop.
  • Wednesday, April 15th
  • Phil Matier: Vaccination Debate Once Again Heard In Sacramento

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains that parents are threatening to leave the state or home school their children if they are unable to get vaccination waivers.
  • Phil Matier: New Regulations on Short-Term Rentals like Airbnb

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Mark Farrell are making changes to laws regarding short-term rentals. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the new amendments and why the tech industry is fighting back.
  • Tuesday, April 14th
  • Phil Matier: New Report Rates Oakland Roads From 'Fair' To 'At Risk'

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the problems with the roads of Oakland, according to the Bay Area Pavement Condition Index. San Francisco and other Bay Area cities face similar issues on trying to fix the roads.
  • Phil Matier: AT&T Park Transforms San Francisco’s Mission Bay

    Though the Giants lost their home opener on Monday, since AT&T Park opened in 2000, it has completely transformed San Francisco’s once-quiet Mission Bay neighborhood. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that neighbors are hoping that the Golden State Warriors will bring the same magic to the area.
  • Monday, April 13th
  • Phil Matier: AT&T Park's Success Could Pave The Way For Oakland Stadium

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how the Giants' AT&T Park was built without San Francisco tax payers' money and how their construction might give a helpful outline to how the A's can build their own stadium.