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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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.

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Traffic backs up on Interstate 80 at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) strike snarls the Monday morning commute on October 21, 2013 in Oakland, California. BART workers continue to strike after contract negotiations between BART management and the transit agency's two largest unions fell apart last week. Management and unions agreed on the financial specifics of the contract but differed on workplace safety rules. An estimated 400,000 commuters ride BART each day. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Congestive Pricing Not Stopping Bay Bridge Commuters During Morning Peak

An increase in price during peak morning commute hours doesn’t appear to be stopping people from crossing the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

05/19/2014

An artist's rendition of a museum proposed by George Lucas for the Presidio across from Crissy Field. (George Lucas)

Phil Matier: ‘A New Hope’ For Lucas Museum On San Francisco Waterfront

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is pitching a new spot for filmmaker George Lucas’s art museum. In our column, Matier & Ross, Andrew Ross and I reported on Thursday that Lee thinks a lot across from Piers 30-32 would be a good spot and he’s enlisting several powerful San Francisco figures for support.

05/15/2014

Sean Whent (Oakland Police Department)

Oakland Names Interim Chief Sean Whent As Permanent Top Cop

Whent was named interim chief last May and has been seen as one of the leading candidates to head the department.

05/14/2014

A San Francisco Police cruiser. (CBS)

San Francisco’s New $3.4 Million Emergency Dispatch System Dealing With Glitches

First responders in San Francisco are dealing with a crucial communications breakdown. KPIX 5 has learned the city’s brand new emergency dispatch system is full of glitches.

05/12/2014

Joe Montana

Phil Matier: 49ers May Block Joe Montana Hotel Project Over Parking At Levi’s Stadium

Joe Montana may be at loggerheads with his former team, the San Francisco 49ers, over the issue of parking.

05/11/2014

State Sen. Mark Leno is confident a new Kill-Switch bill will pass the Senate.

Phil Matier: San Francisco Supervisor Proposes Legislation Requiring Kill Switch On Mobile Devices

This comes as according to state Senator Mark Leno, Apple has switched from being opposed to a kill switch measure, to being neutral on the issue.

05/07/2014

George Lucas & Stormtroopers (credit: STEFANUS IAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Idea To Put George Lucas Museum On Piers 30-32 At San Francisco Waterfront Gaining Traction

Facing the possibility of losing a museum for George Lucas’ collections, an idea to place the museum at Piers 30-32 has gained support from two former San Francisco mayors.

05/05/2014

Fire at a construction site at 4th Street and China Basin in San Francisco on March 11, 2014. (CBS)

San Francisco Supervisor Wants Narrower Streets For Pedestrian Safety, Fire Chief Slams Idea

There’s only so much available room on San Francisco’s streets, and it seems to be shrinking daily. As a result, a turf war is brewing between those worried about pedestrian safety and those worried about fire safety.

04/30/2014

San Francisco Home (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Will San Francisco Ballot Measure Deter Explosion Of Short-Term Rentals Fueled By Airbnb?

Are Airbnb operations in San Francisco about to come screeching to a halt? Or, at the very least, be severely curbed?

04/29/2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown discusses pension reform during a news conference on August 28, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Gov. Brown Makes Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People List

Time magazine has released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People. Among the likes of Beyonce, the Pope and Edward Snowden, it includes several prominent Bay Area figures including Governor Jerry Brown.

04/25/2014

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