As Black Friday approaches and the bargains loom, so does the one year anniversary of last year’s Bart shutdown by Black Lives Matter activists. As KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains, the charges might not have gone away, but neither has the national Black Lives Matter movement.
Phil Matier: Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez Ramps Up Campaign for Senate
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and Attorney General Kamala Harris are vying for retiring Senator Barbara Boxer’s seat. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Congresswoman Sanchez has hired some veteran strategists.
Phil Matier: The Fight for California’s Water Goes to the Delta
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has taken an option to buy all or part of five islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta water hub. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says farmers, and environmentalists, and sportsfishermen have reason to be afraid of their new neighbor’s influence on water politics.
Phil Matier: Farmers and Environmentalists Worried About a Possible New Neighbor
A battle is brewing in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta over a cluster of islands. Farmers and environmentalists in the Delta are concerned about who their new neighbor will be. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the issue.
Phil Matier: Questions Surround Gov. Brown’s Views on Syrian Refugees
While Governor Jerry Brown has said California would accept refugees fleeing from Syria, new reports say he is also asking the federal government for more information on the matter. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown say many Democrats are being forced to balance the party’s ideals and the fears of their electorate.
Phil Matier: San Francisco Supervisors Consider Tightening Rules for Transporting Guns
Several high profile cases in which guns were stolen from cars have San Francisco lawmakers worried. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier talks about a proposal that would require gun owners to use lock boxes to transport guns in their vehicles.
Phil Matier: Tech Buses Now a Permanent Fixture on SF Streets
A commuter shuttle program was approved yesterday by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency which will make the so-called “Google Buses” a mainstay on the streets of the city. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the approval was not a surprise and other Bay Area cities are starting to see the buses on their roads as well.
Phil Matier: Jimmy Panetta Announces Run for Congress in 2017
Jimmy Panetta, the son of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, announced his candidacy for the 20th Congressional District. The district is located on California’s Central Coast and includes Monterey and San Benito Counties. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier talks about the Panetta family and California political dynasties.
Phil Matier: Oakland Considers Sideshow Crackdown After Shooting
After four Oakland police officers responding to an illegal sideshow on Sunday shot and killed a man wielding a replica firearm, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is considering a crackdown on the lawless motorcycle riding tradition. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier delves inside the history of sideshows in Oakland, and what it could take to tame the reckless sport.
Phil Matier: Lietenant Governor Losing Staff Over Gun Control Agenda
Lietenant Governor Gavin Newsom is losing some of his staff because of a feud with the head of the state senate. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how this stems from Newsom's recently announced gun control agenda,
Phil Matier: Oakland Offers Die Hard Fans, But No Public Funds to Keep the Raiders
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf repeated that she will not use public funds to keep the Raiders in Oakland, but will instead entice them with the idea that Oakland is a city on the rise. This announcement follows the hiring of Disney CEO Bob Iger by the Raiders and Chargers to lead both teams’ efforts to move to Carson. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier isn’t so sure Oakland’s voters would be willing to pay to keep the team in their city.
Phil Matier: Libby Schaaf’s Pitch to Keep the Raiders Might Be Too Late
CEO of Disney Bob Iger has agreed to lead an effort to build a joint stadium for the Raiders and San Diego Chargers in the Los Angeles area. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains what this means for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s effort to keep the Raiders in Oakland.
Phil Matier: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff Pitching NFL To Keep The Raiders With San Franciscan Fans
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains Mayor Schaff’s pitch that the Coliseum commute is easier than to Levi’s Stadium, but the outlook for Oakland may be complicated because Disney CEO Bob Iger joined the NFL stadium project in Carson, California.
Phil Matier: San Jose Might Eliminate Fingerprinting for Uber and Taxi Drivers
San Jose cab drivers are on strike for a second day to protest rules that would allow ride-hail drivers to service San Jose International Airport without getting fingerprinted. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the city is also considering eliminating fingerprinting for cab drivers.
Phil Matier: California Government Looking For Chief Of The Bureau Of Medical Marijuana Regulation
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the job qualifications needed to apply for the Chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation and politics surrounding marijuana in California.
Phil Matier: New Poll Reveals What Oakland Residents Think of Their City
The Oakland City Commerce released a new poll today which shows Oakland residents believe their city is heading in the right direction. The poll mirrors last month’s poll which also gave high marks to the city and its new Mayor Libby Schaff. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses what issues people considered important.
Phil Matier: The Futures of Mayor Ed Lee and Airbnb Post-Election
Now that they can put their respective campaigns behind them, where will San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and accommodation-rental company Airbnb go from here? KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the future paths of the two victors.
Phil Matier: Federal Prosecutors Say Corporate Greed Contributed to PG&E Pipeline Explosion in San Bruno
PG&E put profits before safety. That’s according to federal prosecutors pursuing criminal charges against the utility for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion in 2010. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why it is unlikely anyone will go to jail.
Phil Matier: San Francisco Has a New Sheriff In Town
It was a major victory for Vicky Hennessy in the San Francisco Sheriff's race over incumbent Ross Mirkarimi. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier looks at the rocky tenure of Mirkarimi and what to expect from the new sheriff.
Phil Matier: A Mixed Bag for Mayor Lee in Last Night’s Elections
While he skated to another term in San Francisco’s top office, it wasn’t all rosy news for Mayor Ed Lee in last night’s elections. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the return of Aaron Peskin to the Board of Supervisors is indicative of some unrest with the Lee administration.
Phil Matier: Allegations of Voter Fraud in San Francisco
San Francisco’s Department of Elections is investigating an alleged incident of voter fraud. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says a group that supports Supervisor Julie Christensen allege elderly voters in Chinatown were convinced to hand over their ballots prematurely.
Phil Matier: Oakland Raiders Might Move to Southern California
Raiders fans spoke Thursday night about the possibility of moving their team to the Los Angeles area. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the issue.
Phil Matier: Class Action Lawsuit Aims to to Change San Francisco's Bail System
A class action lawsuit was filed in San Francisco federal court that claims the city's pretrial detention system unfairly targets low-income inmates. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the case.
Bay Area officials sick of political gridlock at the state and federal levels are considering raising bridge tolls to raise money for transportation improvements, according to KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier. He explains the process of raising tolls and what this might mean for commuters.
Phil Matier: Steinberg to Seek a New Office in Sacramento
Former State Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will run for Mayor of Sacramento in 2016. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says this revelation comes after current mayor Kevin Johnson announced that he would not seek a third term amidst numerous scandals.
Phil Matier: What Prop D Could Mean for San Francisco
San Francisco residents will soon vote on whether or not to allow the San Francisco Giants to increase existing waterfront height limits and build on the Mission Rock development site behind AT&T Park. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier has the scoop on why the Giants’ ballot measure has the support of so many key political figures.
Phil Matier: Human Waste Ruining Streets of San Francisco
Urine and feces continues to be a big problem in San Francisco. The Chronicle reports the city has had 26-hundred complaints in the Mission District. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the issue.
Will he run or won't he? That's the question being asked about Vice President Joe Biden who still hasn't announced whether he'll run for president. KCBS, KPIX 5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the pressures politicians in the state face when declaring their endorsements.
Phil Matier: California Voters Show Unease Towards Another Feinstein Term
New field poll numbers indicate that while U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein enjoys positive performance ratings from California voters, a potential re-election bid in 2018 is not as popular. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss why this is the case.
The end has apparently come for Sinbad’s Restaurant along the San Francisco Waterfront, as sheriff’s deputies say they will evict the owners today. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the restaurant sits on prime real estate, and will be converted into an expanded ferry terminal.
Phil Matier: Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Objections to California’s Top Two Primary System
The Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to California’s “top-two” primary system, which states that candidates with the top two number of votes appear on the ballot in the general election. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why the independent parties aren’t big fans of this system.
Phil Matier: Golden State Warriors One Step Closer to New San Francisco Arena
The Warriors announced Monday that they’ve agreed to purchase a 12-acre plot of land in San Francisco’s Mission Bay. While their plans for a new arena will face a lot of opposition from neighbors, KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why this is a clear win for the team.
Phil Matier: Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bills
Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of bills regulating the medical marijuana industry, bringing consistency to a patchwork of local and county ordinances. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier has more on what this means for the state.
California Congressman Kevin McCarthy has abruptly dropped out of the race to succeed outgoing House Speaker John Boehner. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown say this is an example of a fracturing Republican Party, which is also in the midst of an identity crisis during this Presidential campaign season.
Phil Matier: San Francisco Supervisor’s Race Heats Up
A new internet ad shows San Francisco Supervisor candidate Aaron Peskin falling from a skyscraper in the style of Mad Men. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how this impacts the race between Aaron Peskin and Supervisor Julie Christenson as election season draws near.
Phil Matier: Sanders Making Up Ground on Clinton in CA Polls
New California Field Poll numbers show two presidential campaigns going in opposite directions, with Hillary Clinton sliding and Bernie Sanders surging. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says many California Democrats are also hoping to see Vice President Joe Biden throw his hat into the ring.
Phil Matier: UCSF Backs Golden State Warriors Move to Mission Bay
The Golden State Warriors appear to have overcome a major hurdle in their plan to build an Arena in San Francisco's Mission Bay. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the announcement that UCSF will now be backing the arena after reaching an agreement with the team and city officials.