Phil Matier

Phil Matier

Phil Matier

KCBS & Chronicle Insider Phil Matier offers breaking news and analysis from around the Bay Area, the state capitol and beyond. On air: weekdays at 7:50am and 5:50pm.

  • Phil Matier: Bay Area Eyes Santa Clara Super Bow

    January 31, 2015

    With Super Bowl Sunday coming up this weekend, many Bay Area officials are thinking about next year’s game, which will take place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says San Francisco is jostling with some cities in the South Bay over who will get to host the pre-game festivities.
  • Phil Matier: Who’s Watching the Henhouse? $1.3 Million In Bond Money Goes Missing

    January 30, 2015

    The $1.3 million that was earmarked for public parks and street maintenance in San Francisco has gone missing and the spotlight is on a senior official at the Association of Bay Area Governments. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss how this can happen.
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Officials Lead Investment and Development Tour

    January 30, 2015

    Could Oakland be the Bay Area’s next boom town? KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says city officials are trying to make it happen, teaming up with the Bay Area Council to lead investors and developers on a tour of the city Wendesday.
  • Phil Matier: State Investigators Seize Computers, Smart Phones And Other Data-Storage Devices From Fired PG&E Executive And Former Head Of The PUC

    January 29, 2015

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the judicial proceedings that will follow after going through the evidence against fired PG&E vice president Brian Cherry and the former head of the California PUC Michael Peevey over a judge-shopping controversy.
  • Phil Matier: SF Public Defender Arrested While Defending Client

    January 29, 2015

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi released a video, showing one of his attorneys being taken into police custody outside of a courtroom. According to him, the attorney was simply trying to do her job of representing her client. Police say she was interfering with an officer and resisting arrest.
  • Phil Matier: New Bay Bridge Repairs Expected to Finish in June

    January 28, 2015

    Officials say work may not be completed on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge until June. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier looks at some of the challenges crews are facing.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Creates Transit Only Lanes

    January 28, 2015

    San Francisco is becoming more commuter-friendly, and less hospitable to drivers. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the Metropolitan Transit Agency is painting transit only lanes red to let drivers know to stay out.
  • Phil Matier: New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred And Mayor Libby Schaaf Working To Keep The A's In Oakland

    January 27, 2015

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier highlights the ways the A's can stay in Oakland, if they use similar tactics that have made the Giants Stadium fully utilized and successful.
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Charter Schools Getting Another Chance to Improve

    January 27, 2015

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Oakland school district officials are giving five underperforming schools more time to come up with plans to turn things around. Mayor Libby Schaaf and Schools Superintendent Antwan Wilson held a public meeting to speak about ways to improve the city's schools.sis from around the Bay Area, the state cap
  • Phil Matier: BART Black Friday Protestors Might Be Off The Hook

    January 26, 2015

    The BART Board of Directors is considering whether to press charges against a group of protestors that severely affected service of the agency on Black Friday last November. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says it is unclear what direction the Board will take on this battle between the rights of protestors against the rights of commuters.
  • Phil Matier: Uber, Lyft Face Fight With DMV

    January 24, 2015

    Ride service giants Uber and Lyft may face another tussle with California regulators. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the state DMV issued an order requiring drivers to carry commercial license plates.
  • Phil Matier: Steyer Not Running For U.S. Senate Seat

    January 23, 2015

    The number of candidates to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer just got smaller after billionaire and climate change activist Tom Steyer announced he won’t run. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the other contenders for the Senate seat. They also discuss the deflated footballs used by the New England P
  • Phil Matier: Billionaire Climate Activist Passes on Senate Bid

    January 23, 2015

    California Attorney General Kamala Harris faces a thinning field in the race for retiring Barbara Boxer’s senate seat. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Tom Steyer, a climate activist that poured billions of dollars into the 2014 midterms, is the latest potential candidate to bow out.
  • Phil Matier: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom And UC Regents Demand Higher Standards For Student Athletes

    January 22, 2015

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the bad publicity behind UC schools not graduating enough student athletes and the reasons why Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and UC regents are pushing for stricter standards.
  • Phil Matier: Gov. Brown And UC President Napolitano Will Likely Form Committee of Two

    January 22, 2015

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says a subcommittee of the UC Board of Regents recommended the formation of a committee only consisting of Governor Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano to tackle the university's funding and planned tuition increase.
  • Phil Matier: Gov. Brown Backs Toll Road Plan

    January 21, 2015

    With California needing billions of dollars to maintain highways, bridges, and roads, Governor Jerry Brown has thrown his support behind a bill that will increase the number of toll roads in the state. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that taxpayers, who are already footing the bill for repairs, aren't going to be happy with the legis
  • Phil Matier: Protests and Demonstrations on Martin Luther King Day

    January 20, 2015

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says as people gathered all over the Bay Area, the Martin Luther King holiday has been marked as a day of protests and demonstrations.
  • Phil Matier: Oakland A’s and Raiders May Butt Heads Over New Stadium

    January 19, 2015

    A plan to allow both the Oakland Raiders and A’s to submit their own bids to build a new stadium on the 120-acre Coliseum complex site could lead to the two teams facing off against each other. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the idea and the possible conflicts that could arise.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Mayor Pushing for 2nd Transbay BART Tube

    January 17, 2015

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is pushing for BART to build a second Transbay Tube that would connect Mission Bay to Oakland. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Lee hopes to win support from politicians in the East Bay.
  • Phil Matier: No Implosion For Candlestick Park

    January 16, 2015

    Candlestick Park will not be imploded as planned. Instead, the park will be taken down with a wrecking ball due to political pressure and health concerns expressed by nearby residents. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the decision and the community activism that took place for this to happen.
  • Phil Matier: BART Issues Protest Warning to Commuters

    January 16, 2015

    Protesters plan to rally in San Francisco tomorrow to protest the officer-involved deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says BART is issuing a warning about the planned gathering at the Montgomery Street station.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Will Offer Affordable Housing Options At The State Of The City Address

    January 15, 2015

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses whether or not Mayor Ed Lee's suggestions for affordable housing will actually work in San Francisco and the great affordable housing conundrum facing the city and Bay Area as a whole.
  • Phil Matier: Is the Raiders’ Future in Oakland?

    January 15, 2015

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the Oakland Raiders hosted a meeting at team headquarters today with representatives from the NFL, the City of Oakland and Alameda County to discuss the team’s future in Oakland.
  • Phil Matier: California’s Debate On Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

    January 14, 2015

    California Senator Dianne Feinstein remains opposed to the legalization of recreational marijuana, although the majority of her constituents are in favor. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the state’s pot debate.
  • Phil Matier: More Food and Shopping Options Planned for AT&T Park

    January 14, 2015

    The San Francisco Giants will be revamping their parking lot. KPIX, KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the team will be turning part of AT&T Park’s parking lot into a pop-up restaurant and retail spot.
San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi speaks with reporters after the Board of Supervisors voted to reinstate him, October 9, 2012. (CBS)

Phil Matier: Mirkarimi Keeps Job As Sheriff, Is SF Back to Normal?

Things at San Francisco’s City Hall may be spicing up a bit after four on the Board of Supervisors sided with Ross Mirkarimi to reinstate him as sheriff.


71-year-old Sutchi Hui, was struck at the intersection of Market and Castro streets shortly before 8:10 a.m. on March 29. He died days later. (CBS)

San Francisco Cyclist Faces Manslaughter Charges In Elderly Man’s Death

The San Francisco District Attorney has issued an arrest warrant for the bicyclist accused of fatally striking an elderly pedestrian in the Castro District earlier this year.


Oakland police cruisers (CBS)

Phil Matier: Report Slams Oakland Mayor Quan’s ‘100 Blocks’ Plan

A new report by the non-profit Urban Strategies Council is highly critical of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s so-called “100 Blocks” plan to cut crime.


A computer keyboard. (CBS)

Phil Matier: SF Tenderloin Laundromat Offers Online Gambling While You Wait

You could win money or a carton of cigarettes at a Tenderloin laundromat that offers online gambling while you wait for the wash to dry.


California Supreme Court chambers

Phil Matier: Emergency CA Supreme Court Meeting Over New Budget Plan

Gov. Brown’s proposed budget cuts to the court system will likely go through, which is cause for an emergency meeting by the state Supreme Court.


Picketers at the Larkspur Ferry terminal during a ferry workers' strike, May 1, 2012. (CBS)

Phil Matier: Why Transit, City Workers Are Willing To Strike

The labor movement and Occupy have teamed up for some powerful protests this May Day, but unions were apprehensive of initial plans to “shut down” the Golden Gate Bridge.


Oakland Mayor Jean Quan delivers the State of the City address at City Hall on February 8, 2012. (CBS)

Phil Matier: Poll Shows Low Approval Rating For Oakland Mayor Quan

A new poll finds that three out of four Oakland voters think Mayor Jean Quan is doing a poor or only fair job. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they want her to be recalled.


Paramedics bring in stretchers to the area where at least two people were killed and a number injured in multiple shootings at a private religious college April 2, 2012 in Oakland. (Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Rookie Dispatcher Handled Oakland Mass Shooting Call

The dispatcher on duty during Monday’s mass shootings that killed seven people at Oikos University in Oakland handled herself quite well for having only been on the job for about a year.


(Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Conflict Of Interest Over Oakland Coliseum Contract?

Some questions are being raised about a potential conflict-of-interest in the awarding of a multi-million dollar contract to run the Oakland Coliseum involving City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente, and former State Senator Don Perata.


An Oracle Racing AC45 practices in the San Francisco Bay on February 21, 2012. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

America’s Cup Tune-Up May Shift From SF To New York

Exhibition races this summer ahead of the America’s Cup regatta next year may taken place in New York rather than San Francisco.



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