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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
  • Thursday, July 2nd
  • Phil Matier: Bay Area News Crews Robbed at Gunpoint

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the armed robbery of two Bay Area television news crews in San Francisco.
  • Thursday, July 2nd
  • Phil Matier: “Rainbow Tunnel” Renaming As “Robin Williams Tunnel”

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and Former Mayor Willie Brown discuss the renaming of “Rainbow Tunnel” to the “Robin Williams Tunnel” and share fond memories of the late actor.
  • Phil Matier: California Gas Excise Tax Falls

    The state excise tax on gas dropped by six cents on Wednesday. But KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says you shouldn’t expect to see much of a difference next time you go to fill up.
  • Wednesday, July 1st
  • Phil Matier: Gov. Brown Signs Off on Vaccine Bill for Students

    California is set to have one of the strictest school vaccine laws in the country after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill striking the state’s personal belief exemption. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says this might not be the end of the issue, as vaccine opponents could eye a future ballot initiative.
  • Phil Matier: Is Leland Yee Taking a Plea?

    Former state Senator Leland Yee may have reached a plea deal on his corruption charges. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains what the deal could mean for Yee and his co-conspirators.
  • Tuesday, June 30th
  • Phil Matier: UCSF Nurses Union Fight Against Proposed Warriors' Stadium

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says although the UCSF Nurse Union doesn't want the proposed Warriors' Stadium to be built, other factions are interested in its construction.
  • Phil Matier: California Democratic Party Chair to Step Down

    State Democratic Party Chairman John Burton announced that he will not be running for re-election when his term is up in 2017. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Burton has been a fixture in the party for more than 50 years.
  • Monday, June 29th
  • Phil Matier: Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Redistricting

    In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court Monday morning upheld the process of an independent commission in Arizona drawing congressional districts in an effort to make the process less partisan. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier tells us what he thinks of the decision.
  • Friday, June 26th
  • Phil Matier: What The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means For Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier on how the U.S. Supreme Court decision vindicates the political stand Newsom took when he was Mayor of San Francisco and what it might mean for his future prospects.
  • Friday, June 26th
  • Phil Matier: Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage

    The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states is being celebrated in San Francisco. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown say the legal fight for marriage equality started 11 years ago in the city by The Bay.
  • Phil Matier: Bill to Allow Assisted Suicide Stalls in California Legislature

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses a bill that would allow terminally ill patients in California to take life-ending drugs.
  • Thursday, June 25th
  • Phil Matier: BART Considers Reopening Bathrooms In Underground Stations

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier on why the transit agency first closed the bathrooms and the viability of reopening them at the 10 stations where they are currently closed.
  • Phil Matier: More Cracks Found in Bay Bridge Rods

    Caltrans officials now say they've found tiny cracks in some of the rods on the new Bay Bridge span. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that could compromise the integrity of all the 400 fasteners that hold the tower to the foundation.
  • Wednesday, June 24th
  • Phil Matier: Peskin and Agnos Lead the Way in Developer Opposition

    Former San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin and former Mayor Art Agnos have emerged as two of the major speed bumps for building developers who have eyes for a city project. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the two are big proponents of affordable housing, and are using their opposition to make strides.
  • Phil Matier: Report Shows San Francisco Fire Investigators Facing Immense Backlog

    Hundreds of cases are sitting unsolved by San Francisco fire investigators. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the causes of the backlog, and what it will take to catch up.
  • Tuesday, June 23rd
  • Phil Matier: What Is Known Of The Negotiations To Keep The Raiders In Oakland?

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier shares details on what the City of Oakland has done to keep the Raiders in town and the issues that could arise in dealing with the A's as co-tenants of a shared-site stadium.
  • Phil Matier: Gov. Brown Looks to Fix California Infrastructure

    Governor Jerry Brown is calling for a special legislative session to tackle the state's crumbling roads and highways. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the Governor’s office is looking to complete $5.7 billion worth of repairs each year.
  • Monday, June 22nd
  • Phil Matier: Financers Will Announce How to Pay for New Raiders Stadium

    Today is the deadline for the would-be financers of a new Raiders stadium to disclose exactly how they plan to pay for it. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the issue.
  • Friday, June 19th
  • Phil Matier: Warriors Celebration Possible Political Win for Oakland Mayor

    Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf welcomed nearly a million people to her city today as part of the Warriors championship celebration. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier looks at how her persona differs from her predecessors.
  • Friday, June 19th
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco City Hall Celebrates 100 Years With Decadent Party

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and Former Mayor Willie Brown talk about the renovations, memories and importance of the history of San Francisco’s City Hall as their Centennial Celebration is Friday night.
  • Phil Matier: Will the Warriors Stay in Oakland?

    KCBS, KPIW-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses plans to move the Golden State Warriors from Oakland to San Francisco.
  • Thursday, June 18th
  • Phil Matier: Why San Francisco’s Judges Aren’t Harsher On Taggers

    The KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier offers breaking news and analysis from around the Bay Area, the state capital and beyond.
  • Wednesday, June 17th
  • Phil Matier: Where Will the Warriors Hang Their Championship Banner?

    On the heels of their first championship in 40 years, the Golden State Warriors are now looking towards their next battle, the on-going arena effort. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the opponents of the Mission Bay development are ready to fight tooth-and-nail against the plan.
  • Phil Matier: New Deal for the State on Education

    Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Legislature have reached a deal on a new state budget with more money for education. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how the deal came into place and where the new money is going.
  • Tuesday, June 16th
  • Phil Matier: Oakland, San Francisco Say They’re Ready For Warriors’ Win And Celebrations

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says city officials in Oakland and San Francisco are prepared, in case the Warriors win the NBA championship against the Cavaliers Tuesday night.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Could Put More Police on the Street

    Two San Francisco supervisors are backing a plan to put more police officers on the street. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Supervisors Malia Cohen and Scott Weiner want to boost the force by as many as 500 new recruits.
  • Monday, June 15th
  • Phil Matier: Increased Car Break-Ins

    KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why tourists are the biggest targets for smash-and-grab car burglaries.
  • Friday, June 12th
  • Phil Matier: Who’s Going to Pay for Coliseum City?

    The developer behind Coliseum City is still putting together his plan to pay for the development. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses whether or not Oakland will contribute to the fund, and how this could affect not only the Raiders but the A’s as well.
  • Friday, June 12th
  • Phil Matier: Longer Trains Coming for BART Riders

    In an effort to improve service for the transit agency, BART’s new budget allocates for expanded service including longer trains. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that the changes, while welcome, only represent the beginning of further budget battles.
  • Phil Matier: California Secretary of State Backs Bill to Boost Voter Turnout

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses a bill that would automatically register California drivers when they go to the DMV.
  • Thursday, June 11th
  • Phil Matier: Fewer Private Cars Will Be Allowed On Market Street In SF

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says city officials will limit the number of cars allowed on Market Street in San Francisco to make room for street improvements, while also pushing people to take public transportation.
  • Phil Matier: Car Break-Ins Skyrocket in San Francisco

    If you’re parking in San Francisco, do it at your own risk. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says South of Market is one of the favorite spots for crooks.
  • Wednesday, June 10th
  • Phil Matier: Vaccination Bill Now Awaits Assembly Floor Vote

    A controversial bill which would make vaccines mandatory for most children attending school in California has passed through the Assembly Health Committee, and now awaits a vote on the Assembly Floor. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the tactics employed by the opposing sides on the issue.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Approves Warnings for Sugary Drinks

    Advertisements for sugary drinks in San Francisco will now come with a warning label. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the limitations of the proposal.
  • Tuesday, June 9th
  • Phil Matier: Traffic Tickets Don't Have To Be Paid Right Away But Still Have Large Surcharges

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says traffic tickets have surcharges for different programs and departments and explains how many people are subject to these fees.
  • Phil Matier: Backers of New Warriors Arena Start Petition

    Backers of a new arena for the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco's Mission Bay have taken out a full-page ad in today's Chronicle urging people to sign an online petition. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff is one of several tech leaders behind the plan.
  • Monday, June 8th
  • Phil Matier: BART Gearing Up For Transbay Tube Closure

    KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says BART is preparing for a possible Labor Day Weekend- Transbay Tube shutdown this summer that could be a problem for people who rely on Bay Area public transportation.
  • Friday, June 5th
  • Phil Matier: San Franciscans Duel Over Proposed Warriors Stadium

    Supporters and opponents of a proposal to build an arena for the Golden State Warriors in Mission Bay held news conferences Friday. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the pros and cons of the proposed project.
  • Friday, June 5th
  • Phil Matier: SF District Attorney and Police Chief In Rape Kit Dispute

    KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the conflict between San Francisco’s District Attorney and the chief of police over the city’s backlog of untested rape kits. The DA applied for federal grants to sort through the evidence, but Chief Greg Suhr says it’s a bad idea and that they don’t have the resources to address the problem.
  • Phil Matier: Democrats Perplexed by Governor Brown’s Stance on Fracking

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses Governor Jerry Brown’s position on fracking.
  • Thursday, June 4th
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Is Forgotten By National Media

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier on why Oakland has once again been left out of the national media coverage, as the NBA Finals is set to get underway between the Warriors and Cavaliers.
  • Phil Matier: Computer Glitch Delays San Francisco Freeway Project

    Engineers have figured out what caused the computer glitch that delayed the opening of the new Presidio Parkway Project. But KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says officials are still not sure when they'll be able to shut down Doyle Drive to switch over to the new road way.
  • Wednesday, June 3rd
  • Phil Matier: What Is Going On With Doyle Drive?

    The Doyle Drive weekend closure has been postponed. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the reasons for the delay and discusses the Presidio Parkway verses Doyle Drive debate.
  • Phil Matier: Giants Face Opposition Off the Field

    The San Francisco Giants have proposed a new development on land just south of AT&T Park, but Supervisor Jane Kim is countering their proposal with some key changes. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the political motivations at play.
  • Tuesday, June 2nd
  • Phil Matier: CA Senate Hires Employees To Drive Intoxicated Lawmakers

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the reasons why California senators have budgeted two part-time employees to help chauffeur them around when tipsy.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Plans Another Run

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Le has made it official: he’ll be running for one more term. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the field might not be as crowded as last time.
  • Monday, June 1st
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Parking Diminishing

    KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says San Francisco is set to eliminate nearly 1,600 parking spaces in the next few years for a variety of issues including; parklets, bike lanes and more accommodations for pedestrians.
  • Friday, May 29th
  • Phil Matier: Major Development on Treasure Island

    You’ve probably noticed the construction on Treasure Island. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains what’s being built, and what the city of San Francisco has planned.
  • Friday, May 29th
  • Larry Magid: Bust for Gavin Newsom at San Francisco City Hall?

    There could be a new-old face at San Francisco’s City Hall soon. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown talk about the prospects of creating a bust of former Mayor Gavin Newsom.
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Police Team Up with FBI

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the FBI wants to provide funds and manpower to the Oakland Police Department.
  • Thursday, May 28th
  • The Warriors Snag A Spot In The NBA Finals, But Will That Help Them Clinch The Deal For A New Stadium In San Francisco?

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says despite the win - they still face challenges getting it built.
  • Tuesday, May 26th
  • Phil Matier: Could the DMV Drive Us to Vote?

    California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has a new plan to get more Californians to vote by registering them through the DMV. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains which party this could help-if it helps at all.
  • Tuesday, May 26th
  • Phil Matier: Gov. Brown Wants To Hike State's Gas Tax

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses Governor Jerry Brown's chances of raising the state's gas tax; highlighting who is for and against this measure.
  • 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.