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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: A’s to Remain in Oakland, For Now..

    April 16, 2014

    After a series of short term leases and several attempts to move the Oakland A’s to either Fremont or San Jose, it looks like they will be holding up in the Coliseum for the foreseeable future. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how the Oakland A’s have quite the hype around themselves as they currently have the best record in MLB despi
  • Phil Matier: Protesting Big Tech

    April 16, 2014

    Protestors marked tax day in San Francisco by holding a demonstration against the big breaks given to tech companies in the City. KCBS, KPIX 5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains who’s behind the protest.
  • Phil Matier: Naming Rights Considered To Fund Oakland’s Recreational Parks

    April 15, 2014

    Oakland is struggling to come up with funding to maintain their recreational parks. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how it may be possible for residents and businesses to sponsor the parks by making a charitable donation.
  • Phil Matier: AC Transit CFO Arrested for Embezzlement

    April 15, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports that AC Transit CFO Lewis Clinton was arrested for allegedly embezzling more than a half-million dollars from religious organizations.
  • Phil Matier: Paul McCartney May Ditch The Stick And Play At Opening Concert At Levi’s Stadium

    April 14, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is trying to lure Sir Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick, but he may now play at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
  • Phil Matier: More Charges for Yee, Shrimp Boy and Others?

    April 12, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier looks at whether the feds will add more charges to the case against suspended state Senator Leland Yee and 28 other defendants.
  • Phil Matier: Former Mayor Willie Brown Recalls SF Civil Rights Protests

    April 11, 2014

    On the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Auto Row demonstrations, during the larger Civil Rights Movement, former Mayor Willie Brown joins the KCBS, KPIX, and Chronicle Insider, recalling his own participation in the car dealership protests on Van Ness Ave. that turned blacks away.
  • Phil Matier: Shrimp Boy’s Lawyer Tony Serra

    April 11, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that even though the trial has not started, Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow’s attorney Tony Serra is wasting no time attacking the government's case against his client.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Wants It Both Ways For Metered Parking On Sundays

    April 10, 2014

    The dispute between free Sunday parking and enforced meter regulations in San Francisco is heating up. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains that Mayor Ed Lee has called for free parking on Sundays but that his own hand-picked head of the SFMTA doesn’t want to give up funds for public transportation generated from the meters.
  • Phil Matier: Toll Lanes For Highway 101 Appear To Be Just Down The Road

    April 10, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Transit officials in the South Bay are considering a proposal for toll lanes on 101 in Santa Clara County to speed up commute times, but the catch is that it will cost those drivers who are in a hurry.
  • Phil Matier: Governor Brown Seeks Another Term

    April 9, 2014

    With elections in California quickly approaching, it is looking more and more likely that Governor Jerry Brown will be re-elected. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the differences between “hiring” elections and “firing” elections, and right now, both Democrats and Republicans don’t feel the need to fire Jerry Brown.
  • Phil Matier: High-Profile Attorney To Defend ‘Shrimp Boy’ In State Sen. Yee Case

    April 8, 2014

    High-profile attorney, J. Tony Serra, joins Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow’s defense team. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains that no matter how powerful the legal-defense team is, the ruling still may not turn out in their favor due to overwhelming amount of evidence that undercover FBI agents were able to turn up.
  • Phil Matier: Technology Boom Impacting Housing Prices in the East Bay

    April 8, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports that the technology boom increasing rents in San Francisco is making its mark on housing prices in Oakland and the East Bay.
  • Phil Matier: Despite Tuition Freeze, CSU Students May End Up Paying More With New Fees

    April 7, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the rising “Student Success Fees” that college students are saddled with by state schools after Gov. Jerry Brown said tuition amounts would be held.
  • Phil Matier: First Debate for Oakland Mayoral Candidates

    April 5, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that there are nine candidates running to become the next Mayor of Oakland, but there were no clear winners in their first debate.
  • Phil Matier: Connecting The Contribution Dots In The Yee Corruption Case

    April 4, 2014

    Beleaguered state Sen. Leland Yee is still awaiting a federal indictment. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the possible links between Yee’s voting record and contributions made to his campaigns.
  • Phil Matier: Key Player in Yee Scandal Granted Bail

    April 4, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports that one of the key players in the scandal involving State Senator Leland Yee, Keith Jackson, was granted bail today; and talks about Jackson’s role in the situation.
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Abruptly Loses Another City Administrator

    April 3, 2014

    The man hired after Deanna Santana’s sudden departure has himself resigned to head a leading Bay Area philanthropy. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Oakland’s economy has suffered because of all the turnover under Mayor Jean Quan.
  • Phil Matier: San Bruno Wants PG&E Fined Maximum Amount

    April 3, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that San Bruno city leaders are unhappy with PG&E’s handling of the deadly pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010. Now, one day after the utility was handed down a federal indictment, they want the maximum penalty allowed.
  • Phil Matier: The Role of Keith Jackson in the Yee Corruption Case

    April 2, 2014

    Just how did a high-ranking politician get involved with a alleged, notorious gangster? KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Keith Jackson’s involvement in the Leland Yee corruption case will prove pivotal as he is believed to be the one to introduce Yee to Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.
  • Phil Matier: State Democrats Cancel Golf Fundraiser Over Scandals

    April 2, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how Democrats in the state senate plan on raising campaign contributions with the recent cancellation of a high-profile fundraiser due to recent political scandals.
  • Phil Matier: Campaign Contributions Flow Freely As Usual In Sacramento Post Yee

    April 1, 2014

    Campaign finance reform has long been considered a rather mundane topic in the world of politics. However Leland Yee’s recent corruption scandal is bringing it back in the spotlight. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains that despite Lee’s gun-trafficking for campaign money, lawmakers in Sacramento are continuing to generate funding from va
  • Phil Matier: Law and Ethics In The State Legislature

    April 1, 2014

    In response to a Los Angeles Times piece that says the State Legislature may need a commission to look into the ethics of lawmakers, KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that legislating ethics isn’t that simple.
  • Phil Matier: State Sen. Leland Yee Could Use His Campaign Fund To Pay For His Legal Defense

    March 31, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the different ways Yee, facing corruption and firearms trafficking charges, can use his campaign funds—up to $600,000—now that he's dropped out of the race for Secretary of State.
  • Phil Matier: Brown Urges 3 State Senators’ Resignation

    March 29, 2014

    Gov. Jerry Brown said that Leland Yee and two other State Senators resigning is the best way to restore public confidence, but KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that isn’t likely to happen.
California Governor Jerry Brown. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Brown Criticizes Rival California Tax Proposals

Governor Jerry Brown is speaking out against two tax proposals that would likely compete with his tax measure on the November ballot.

03/07/2012

Daniel Richards, mountain lion, Fish and Game Commission

Phil Matier: Lawmakers Spar Over Fish & Game Commission Chief In Mountain Lion Flap

The California Assembly could vote as early as next week on a resolution to oust the California Fish and Game Commission president photographed with a dead mountain lion during a hunt in Idaho.

03/01/2012

Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer (Lockyer Campaign/Facebook)

Man At Center Of Lockyer Sex & Drug Scandal Hints At Larger Story

The man at the center of the sex and substance abuse scandal engulfing the wife of California Treasurer Bill Lockyer has spoken publicly about the case for the first time.

02/29/2012

Oakland Children's Hospital

Phil Matier: Rebuilding Children’s Hospital of Oakland

Children’s Hospital of Oakland is launching a campaign to rebuild and retrofit its facilities. When the hospital tried to renovate in 2008 it was disastrous, which has leaders looking at this work as not so much rebuilding this northern California icon, but also some redemption for the ’08 mess, complete with an image reboot.

02/23/2012

California Governor Jerry Brown. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Brown’s Tax Initiative Winning Polls

The Brown administration will release a set of polls on Wednesday showing voter feelings over a number of tax measures on the November ballot.

02/22/2012

California State Attorney General Kamala Harris

Phil Matier: State AG Decides To Negotiate On Foreclosure Settlement

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has decided to reconsider a settlement with some of the country’s biggest banks over the foreclosure crisis.

02/07/2012

Occupy Oakland demonstrators at the start of a march in Oakland, Saturday, January 28, 2012.

Phil Matier: Oakland Police Gear Up For Weekend Occupy Protest

Oakland police are gearing up for another busy weekend as Occupy protesters have vowed to take to the streets Saturday night.

02/03/2012

(CBS)

Phil Matier: California Teachers Association Reluctantly Backs Gov. Brown’s Tax Plan

The KCBS and Chronicle Insider says the CTA is backing Gov. Brown’s tax plan, but they do have some reservations.

01/31/2012

D.J. Ware #28 of the New York Giants is tackled by NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 13, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: 49ers A Game Away From Super Bowl Glory

The KCBS and Chronicle Insider says you can expect a lot of fanfare around the city leading up to this Sunday’s 49ers game at Candlestick Park.

01/16/2012

Planning Commission President Christina Olague was selected to fill the District 5 seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. (SF Planning Commission)

Phil Matier: Co-Chair Of ‘Run, Ed, Run’ Campaign Appointed SF Supervisor

The KCBS and Chronicle Insider speculates why San Francisco’s mayor picked a left-leaning appointee to the Board of Supervisors.

01/09/2012