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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.
  • Friday, July 1st
  • 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.
  • Tuesday, June 14th
  • Phil Matier: State Legislators Move to Restrict Guns

    03:12
    The mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando has reignited the call for gun restrictions in California. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says state legislators are proposing a number of gun control bills.  
  • Phil Matier: Revealing Details On Oakland Police Officers Having Sex With A Teenage Prostitute

    03:29
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes the evidence and story behind the controversy of Oakland police officers sleeping with a teenage prostitute.
  • Monday, June 13th
  • Phil Matier: An Underage Sex Scandal, Passionate Warriors Fan, Crime Problems, and a Big Task for Oakland’s New Interim Police Chief

    02:41
    The sex scandal involving the Oakland Police Department is continuing to widen, with the department suspending another officer over the weekend. At least three Oakland police officers allegedly had sex the sex worker Celeste Guap while she was underage, and newly released text messages show police also warned her of undercover sex trafficking operations. KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier spoke with Interim Chief Ben Fairow, who is currently on loan from BART police as the national search begins, about the difficult job suddenly dropped on his lap.
  • Phil Matier: Orlando Nightclub Shooting

    03:53
    The latest mass shooting in Orlando once again has Americans wondering if we are safe anywhere.  KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the issue.
  • Friday, June 10th
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent Steps Down

    03:29
    Oakland is on its fourth police chief in five years with the abrupt departure of Sean Whent. A high-ranking BART police officer, Ben Fairow, will head the Oakland Police Department while the city searches for a new permanent chief. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how some of the disciplinary issues among the rank and file figure into the turnover at the top.
  • Phil Matier: Bernie Sanders’ Meeting with the President

    03:11
    After suffering defeat in California’s primary election against Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders met with President Obama to discuss the future of the race and the Democratic party. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the importance of the meeting.
  • Thursday, June 9th
  • Phil Matier: Bernie Sanders to Continue Campaigning

    03:09
    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he will continue his campaign despite lagging behind Hillary Clinton in the delegate count.  KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier takes a look at what happened in the California primary.
  • Phil Matier: Why Were The Polls Off Between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton For The Presidential Primary In CA?

    03:54
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the issues with polling and the human nature of who actually voted.
  • Wednesday, June 8th
  • Phil Matier: Are Parking Spaces About to Open Up in San Francisco?

    03:15
    San Francisco Supervisors are working on legislation that might free up parking spaces in the city. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says while it’s a good idea, it won’t be so easy to execute.
  • Phil Matier: A Victorious Hillary Still Struggles With Young Voters

    03:00
    Even with a sizeable margin of victory in California for Hillary Clinton in the primaries, there were some demographic segments which she struggled to reach. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why rural and younger voters tended to “feel the Bern”, and what this means against Donald Trump in November.
  • Tuesday, June 7th
  • Phil Matier: Understanding Prop 50

    03:18
    The only state proposition on Tuesday’s ballot concerned the treatment of suspended state legislators. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the state legislature is aiming to prevent future embarrassment
  • Phil Matier: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo Faces Outrage Over The Fight Between Anti-Trump and Trump Supporters Last Week In His City

    03:31
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the complications San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo dealt with during the fights outside the Trump rally last week and the public’s reaction.
  • Monday, June 6th
  • Phil Matier: Former NFL Player Trying to Help Build New Raiders Stadium

    03:13
    The Ronnie Lott led effort to build a new stadium for the Raiders in Oakland is picking up support from the NFL's front office, and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff is taking notice. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the possibility of this happening.
  • Friday, June 3rd
  • Phil Matier: San Jose Mayor Speaks Out About Violence at Trump Rally

    03:28
    Protestors outside a Donald Trump rally in San Jose Thursday night attacked Trump supporters as well as police. Mayor Sam Liccardo released a statement Friday saying Trump’s whole campaign has focused on stirring antagonism. Liccardo later said nothing Trump has said absolves the protestors from attacking people who are involved in the political process. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier spoke to Liccardo, and tells us what he had to say about the violence on Friday night.
  • Phil Matier: Tempers Flare in San Jose After Trump Rally

    03:38
    Protestors and Donald Trump-backers collided, sometime violently, following a Trump campaign rally in San Jose last night. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss how the presidential candidates are approaching this contentious campaign.
  • Thursday, June 2nd
  • Phil Matier: Donald Trump Comes to Silicon Valley

    03:17
    Donald Trump is holding a rally in San Jose. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the city’s police department is preparing for protesters.
  • Phil Matier: Recent Poll Shows Close CA Primary Race Between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

    03:21
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes the campaigning for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton before the California democratic presidential primary.
  • Wednesday, June 1st
  • Phil Matier: Governor Jerry Brown Endorses Hillary Clinton

    03:24
    Governor Jerry Brown has endorsed Hillary Clinton one week before California’s primary. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier spoke to the governor about his motivations.
  • Tuesday, May 31st
  • Phil Matier: Political Analysis Of The Democratic Presidential Primary Race In California

    03:03
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the logistics behind the democratic presidential primary in California and the battle between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.
  • Friday, May 27th
  • Phil Matier: Lawmakers Getting Rid of Bills Before Memorial Day Weekend

    02:09
    It's the Friday before a long holiday weekend, and what better time for lawmakers in Sacramento to kill off some of the bills they don't like. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses a few of the bills.
  • Phil Matier: Hillary in Oakland to Rally California Base

    03:20
    As new poll numbers show a tightening race in California between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton has been spending time in the Bay Area to appeal to her supporters. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the state of the race.
  • Thursday, May 26th
  • Phil Matier: Come November CA May Have Its First U.S. Senate Election Without A Republican Candidate

    03:22
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes the Californian Democrat candidates vying for a Senate seat.
  • Wednesday, May 25th
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Welcomes the Return of Rose Pak

    02:43
    Political powerbroker Rose Pak made her return to San Francisco this week. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says every local leader came out to kiss her ring.
  • Tuesday, May 24th
  • Phil Matier: Car Sales Rise In California

    03:21
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes the type of cars that Californians are buying, the reasons for the rise in sales and the role of public transit.
  • Monday, May 23rd
  • Phil Matier: Bernie Sanders Supporters Try to Change Primary Rules

    02:28
    Today is the last day to register to vote in California's June 7th Presidential primary, but a group of Bernie Sanders supporters are hoping to change that. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier has more.
  • Friday, May 20th
  • Phil Matier: Environment Becoming a Concern in South Bay Congressional Race

    02:10
    The environment is becoming a huge issue in a South Bay Congressional race. Assemblywoman Nora Campos has received contributions from several oil companies for the District 15 race. Campos is running against state Senator Jim Beall, who is being criticized for legislation he sponsored on renewable energy. Environmentalists are supporting Beall. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses who is in Beall’s corner, and if Campos’ campaign will backfire after taking money from big oil companies.  
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco City Leaders No Longer Support Police Chief Greg Suhr

    04:14
    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other city leaders supported Police Chief Greg Suhr despite calls for Suhr to resign over some racially charged incidents. This support ended Thursday after officers fatally shot an young, black woman who police were trying to arrest for stealing a car. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the issue.  
  • Thursday, May 19th
  • Phil Matier: Lane Splitting Not Considered for Rise in Motorcycle Fatalities

    03:15
    Motorcycle fatalities rose 10 percent last year, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Some of the reasons for the increase include speeding, alcohol, and warmer weather. The report doesn’t mention lane-splitting, which is one common complaint in the Bay Area.  KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the issue.  
  • Wednesday, May 18th
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Defends City Against Donald Trump

    02:14
    Oakland’s mayor had some words for Donald Trump after his recent comments about the city’s safety. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Trump’s not concerned about angering voters in the Bay Area.
  • Monday, May 16th
  • Phil Matier: Lucas Museum Might Come to San Francisco

    02:43
    Producer George Lucas is reportedly considering an offer from San Francisco’s Mayor to open his proposed movie memorabilia museum on Treasure Island. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier has more.
  • Friday, May 13th
  • Phil Matier: House Speaker Still Not Ready to Endorse Donald Trump

    03:47
    House Speaker Paul Ryan has not endorsed presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss whether Ryan will ever endorse Trump.
  • Thursday, May 12th
  • Phil Matier: Political Gridlock Threatens Bay Area Transportation Improvements

    03:01
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the political problems at the state and local levels in funding for Bay Area transportation improvements.
  • Wednesday, May 11th
  • Phil Matier: More Teenagers at the Ballot Box?

    02:54
    A proposal to lower the voting age to 16 in San Francisco elections has been approved by city supervisors. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says it would be naïve to think voting demographics are not at play with such a move.
  • Tuesday, May 10th
  • Phil Matier: Bernie Sanders Visits the Bay Area

    03:07
    Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ visit to the Bay Area included a meeting with the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Sanders’ platform is popular among Californians.  
  • Phil Matier: Pushback From Legalizing Marijuana Due To Difficulties Figuring Out If A Driver Is Too Stoned To Drive

    03:24
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the different factors at play dealing with marijuana users that drive and keeping the public safe.
  • Friday, May 6th
  • Phil Matier: Hillary Clinton Talks About Donald Trump

    03:16
    Hillary Clinton sat down with KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier during her campaign swing through the Bay Area Friday afternoon. Matier discusses what Clinton had to say about Donald Trump.
  • Phil Matier: Clairvoyant Brown Foresaw Trump Nomination

    03:44
    While Trump’s rise to likely GOP presidential nominee might be shocking to some, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown is not among them. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and Brown discuss Trump’s rise to the top, and handicap his chances come November.
  • Thursday, May 5th
  • Phil Matier: UC President Calls for Investigation of UC Davis’ Chancellor

    02:52
    UC President Janet Napolitano wants a former federal prosecutor to investigate UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Katehi was suspended for allegedly violating university policy.
  • Phil Matier: CA Raises Legal Age To Buy Tobacco To 21 And FDA Adds New Regulations For E-Cigs.

    03:38
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the tobacco regulations in California and how e-cigs are viewed.

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