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Phil Matier

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Whether it’s politics, personalities or analysis Phil Matier is one of best informed insiders in the Bay Area.

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TWITTER: @philmatier

In addition to his work with KPIX 5, Matier and fellow journalist Andy Ross co-write a news column for the San Francisco Chronicle. Their column, Matier & Ross, runs Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, offering scoops and insights about one of the most fascinating and trend setting regions in the country. Matier can also be heard on KCBS Radio during morning and afternoon drive time.

“I’ve long said the Bay Area was put here to give the rest of the country something to talk about,” says Matier. “And we don’t let them down.”

As the KCBS & San Francisco Chronicle Insider
Breaking news and analysis from around the Bay Area, the state capitol and beyond. Listen to KCBS and 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 or listen to the podcasts ANYTIME posted here daily.

To schedule an appearance for KPIX 5 on-air reporters/anchors, please contact Akilah Bolden-Monifa, Director of Communications. Please provide the date, time, location of the event, number of attendees expected, and name of sponsoring organization.

O.co Coliseum on April 4, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Oakland A’s Reject Lease Extension To Play At Coliseum

The team rejected a deal to play at the Coliseum, after being offered a 10-year lease extension by the Oakland Coliseum Authority.

04/23/2014

Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Four

Phil Matier: What Happens To Oracle Arena When Warriors Move To San Francisco?

Oakland’s fight to keep the Golden State Warriors appears to have ended with the team announcing that it’s inked a deal to buy a plot of land in San Francisco’s Mission Bay, but what happens to Oracle Arena?

04/22/2014

A rendering of the prvious arena plan (credit: AECOM - official architecture team)

Warriors Reportedly Buying Mission Bay Site For New Arena

The Warriors have reportedly abandoned their plans for a new arena along San Francisco’s Embarcadero, opting instead to build in the burgeoning Mission Bay neighborhood.

04/21/2014

Modoc and Siskiyou Counties in far Northern California are looking to secede and create their own state called Jefferson. (CBS)

Phil Matier: Plan To Separate California Into 6 States May Be On Hold Until 2016

A plan to split California into six separate states may have to wait until 2016 to go to voters with the deadline for the November ballot soon approaching.

04/18/2014

Protesters gather in front of Twitter headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco on December 9, 2013. (Bay City News Service)

Union Plays Big Role In San Francisco Protests Over ‘Google Buses,’ Tech Tax Breaks

Many of the fights involving “Google Buses” and tech tax breaks are actually being stoked by the politically powerful Service Employees International Union, which represents thousands of San Francisco city workers. Coincidentally they are also in the midst of negotiations with the city for a new proposed contract.

04/16/2014

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (Steve Freeman/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Does Sacramento’s Mayor Have Wider Political Ambitions?

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has a new title after being named President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Wednesday, but does it mean he wants to be thrust into the national spotlight?

04/16/2014

101 South to San Jose

Santa Clara Leaders Move Forward WIth Toll Lanes For Busy 101 Stretch

Drivers in the South Bay hoping for a faster commute may soon be able to buy it.

04/09/2014

Vacancy Rate For U.S. Apartments Reaches Highest Rate In 20 Years

Alameda County Gentrification Pushing Out Longtime Residents, Possibly Causing Health Problems

When people are forced to move they are heavily stressed. That’s the finding in a new report co-authored by the Alameda County Health Department on the possible downsides of new money coming into old neighborhoods.

04/07/2014

Chimneys and a real estate for sale sign remain after a massive fire in a residential neighborhood September 9, 2010 in a San Bruno. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

PG&E Public Relations Response Amid Felony Charges In San Bruno Explosion Is To Cut Out Journalists

While PG&E has been claiming it is being accountable for the San Bruno pipeline accident that killed eight people and resulted in federal felony charges being filed against the corporation Monday, the company’s executives have yet to face the media, instead choosing to distribute “video news releases” of edited sound bites for the media to use, in addition to purchasing television advertising.

04/02/2014

Leland Yee (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Phil Matier: State Sen. Leland Yee’s Campaign Funds Available For His Legal Defense

Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee could have over $600, 000 to spend on his legal bills thanks to the campaign donations he accumulated for his now-defunct run for Secretary of State.

03/31/2014

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