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.
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.
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.
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: 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: 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: 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.
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.
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.