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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.
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  • Tuesday, September 30th
  • Phil Matier: New Ordinances To Regulate Services Within The ‘Shared Economy’ Move Ahead

    As a new “shared economy” is becoming more prevalent through the use of technology, there are grey areas within Airbnb, Uber, Lyft and other online money-generating services. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how rules, regulations and ordinances will be enforced in order for these services to operate within city and state codes.
  • Phil Matier: Union Square Merchants Unhappy With Being Left In The Dust

    Construction on the Central Subway Project in San Francisco may have been a financial shot in the arm for contractors but KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the representatives of Neiman Marcus, Chanel, Barneys New York, Dior, Bulgari and Arthur Beren Shoes met Wednesday with Mayor Ed Lee to tell him that construction was killing some of Union Square’s best-known high-end stores.
  • Monday, September 29th
  • Phil Matier: Caltrans Spends Over $30 million To Relocate Birds From Bay Bridge’s Old Eastern Span, Who Don’t Want To Move

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the struggles Caltrans is having while trying to safely move the birds from the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge, where the birds are already comfortably settled in with nests.
  • Saturday, September 27th
  • Phil Matier: If You Shoot a Film Here Just Don’t Park in My Spot

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that some legislation is going before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to require production companies that film on location in the city to provide residents with 72-hour notices about street closures, and the removal of parking spaces.
  • Friday, September 26th
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco And Los Angeles Crack Down On Ride-Sharing Services

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that San Francisco and Los Angeles' district attorneys are accusing ride-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar of operating illegally and are warning of legal action if the companies don’t make major changes.
  • Phil Matier: Eric Holder's Replacement Could Be From California

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier talks about potential replacements for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is stepping down from the position.
  • Thursday, September 25th
  • Phil Matier: Warriors’ SF Arena Resembles A Toilet

    Ridicule has been heaped on the design of a Warriors arena in San Francisco which, in the first drawings, bear a strong resemblance to a toilet seat. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the team is trying to put the glamour back into what has been a controversial development proposal.
  • Phil Matier: Firefighter Leadership

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is meeting with representatives of San Francisco firefighters to hear their concerns about the department's leadership.
  • Wednesday, September 24th
  • Phil Matier: Breakdown Between S.F. Officials And Developers Over Transbay Terminal Tax Payments

    At a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, developers involved with new Transbay Terminal project in downtown San Francisco rejected a tax payment proposal floated by supervisors two weeks ago. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that developers never agreed to the proposal and should they decide to sue, it could turn into a legal slugfest that could jeopardize billions of dollars of projects.
  • Phil Matier: Transbay Terminal Tax Deal Falls Apart

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the disagreement between the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and developers over the costs of taxes to help build the Transbay Terminal.
  • Tuesday, September 23rd
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White To Be Replaced?

    Organizations representing San Francisco’s rank-and-file fire fighters are calling on Mayor Ed Lee to remove Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White due to a “lack of leadership and direction.” KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains that several factors have contributed to this unprecedented situation, including a shortage of ambulances.
  • Phil Matier: Folsom Street Ramp Closed for 6 Months

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports that construction crews are shutting down a popular Bay Bridge offramp for six months.
  • Monday, September 22nd
  • Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Clean Air Bills

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses clean air bills Governor Jerry Borwn signed that give benefits to electric car owners and a bill that allows local governments to impose vehicle registration surcharges to pay for bike lanes and trails.
  • Saturday, September 20th
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Waste Management

    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.
  • Friday, September 19th
  • 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: SF Supervisor Admits Use of Anti-HIV Drug

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says a San Francisco supervisor confessing to taking an HIV prevention drug could help raise awareness of the issue.
  • Thursday, September 18th
  • 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: Airbnb to Begin Collecting San Francisco Hotel Tax in October

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Airbnb has agreed to begin collecting hotel taxes from people who book lodgings through its website in San Francisco starting October 1st.
  • Wednesday, September 17th
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco's Taxi Industry Down Due To Ride Service Companies

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the complaints about the taxi industry and the impact of the ride service companies in San Francisco.
  • Tuesday, September 16th
  • 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.
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