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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: PG&E Execs Lose Jobs After San Bruno Pipeline Disaster

    September 16, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports three PG&E executives and an aide to the Public Utilities Commission president have lost their jobs following the release of emails between the two agencies regarding the San Bruno pipeline disaster.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Officials Want To Stop 'Box Blockers' On City’s Intersections

    September 15, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses a potential "Don't Block the Box" campaign to stop motorists that stop along busy intersections with yellow lights and the political significance of just who these drivers are.
  • Phil Matier: One Republic of California, Not Six

    September 13, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says voters will not get a chance to break California into six separate states after backers of the initiative failed to get the number of signatures required to put it on next year's ballot.
  • Phil Matier: The Story Behind Arnold’s Portrait Modification

    September 12, 2014

    Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Governor’s portrait is now on display at the state capitol. But as KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown say that the image of the Governator’s ex-wife Maria Shriver, which was originally in the piece, has been painted over.
  • Phil Matier: Mystery in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Portrait

    September 12, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had something personal removed from his portrait before its unveiling.
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Faces Uphill Battle To Re-Election

    September 11, 2014

    A new poll shows Quan significantly behind City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan in the race mayoral race. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the ranked choice voting that swept Quan into office could be working against her as the incumbent.
  • Phil Matier: BART Watch Concerns

    September 11, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that the ACLU says it is concerned over the app called BART Watch that BART has released, which lets users contact police by using their smartphones to let people report suspicious activity.
  • Phil Matier: Why There Are More BART Passengers Crowded Into Trains?

    September 10, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the reasons why BART is more crowded these days, which include aging trains waiting for replacements, longer rides and bureaucracy.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Developers Renege On Paying Special Tax For Transbay Terminal And High-Speed Rail

    September 9, 2014

    While downtown developers had earlier promised to pay a special tax to help pay for the extension of the Caltrain to the new Transbay Terminal, KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says they are now lobbying San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and threatening a lawsuit because they claim the amounts are too excessive due to soaring property values
  • Phil Matier: The Governator Is Back—In The State Capitol

    September 9, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports former Governer Arnold Schwarzenegger was in Sacramento for his official portrait unveiling and a climate change panel.
  • Phil Matier: Private Ambulances Being Used Amidst Shortage in San Francisco

    September 8, 2014

    San Francisco Fire Department officials were forced to call for private ambulances to help cover the Saturday night during the Labor Day Holiday weekend. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that while the city hasn’t increased in size, the number of people using emergency services has grown.
  • Phil Matier: Controversy Over Urban Shield's Sales Market Of Weapons

    September 6, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the controversy over Urban Shield's weapons vendors in Oakland, as well as protests against the event.
  • Phil Matier: Reactions from the Governor’s Debate

    September 5, 2014

    California Governor Jerry Brown and Republican candidate Neel Kashkari engaged in their only planned formal debate before November’s election yesterday. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown break down the performance of each politician.
  • Phil Matier: Uber On the Move

    September 5, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports that Uber is planning to once again move its office to a new San Francisco location.
  • Phil Matier: Political Football Behind Brown-Kashkari Gubernatorial Debate

    September 4, 2014

    The first, possibly only, debate between Neel Kashkari and Gov. Jerry Brown in Sacramento Thursday coincides with the start of the NFL season. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains this limits the TV audience for what might be Kashkari’s one chance to present himself as a credible statewide voice for California Republicans.
  • Phil Matier: Tesla Motors Passes On California For Their New Battery Factory

    September 4, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses why Tesla Motors chose Nevada over California for building a massive battery factory and Tesla's current stakes in California.
  • Phil Matier: New Stadium Deal Could Keep Raiders in Oakland

    September 3, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Mayor Jean Quan and the Raiders have agreed in principle on a new stadium deal that will keep the team in Oakland, bring extra housing and retail space to the Coliseum site, and allow the city to pay off $120 million in debt.
  • Phil Matier: PG&E Fined $1.4 billion for 2010 San Bruno Pipeline Explosion

    September 3, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that California’s Public Utilities commission has fined PG&E a record $1.4 billion for violations leading to the 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, but city officials are concerned the punishment isn’t enough.
  • Phil Matier: Cleaning Crew Assembled To Tackle BART Stations’ Sights And Smells

    September 2, 2014

    A three-person “cleaning-crew” has been assembled for BART stations as they have become magnates for garbage, graffiti and the homeless. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains certain tactics the cleaning crew will use in order to restore a cleaner image for these stations, starting with the worst stations which are located downtown San Fran
  • Phil Matier: State Legislature Moves Ahead with Gun Control

    August 30, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that two new gun control bills circulating in the State Legislature could soon end up on Gov. Brown's desk, but getting his signature could be another story.
  • Phil Matier: Mayor Ed Lee Reportedly ‘Baited’ by FBI

    August 29, 2014

    The Leland Yee and Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow case continues to unravel as new details of undercover FBI agents reportedly donated $20,000 to Mayor Ed Lee has surfaced. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown explain that although the agents were trying to “bait” Lee, this doesn’t necessarily reflect the mayo
  • Phil Matier: Platic Bags Banned Statewide

    August 29, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports that after a bill to ban single-use plastic bags failed earlier this week, the state assembly has approved the bill statewide.
  • Phil Matier: Ride-Sharing Companies Change Stance On Insurance Coverage

    August 28, 2014

    Uber and Lyft have reluctantly agreed to back an insurance bill for their drivers. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains that while they claim having any more insurance would “stifle” innovation and growth, they have compromised over an agreement which will satisfy both insurance firms and themselves.
  • Phil Matier: Dentist Charged in Leland Yee Case Dies

    August 28, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports how the death of a Daly City dentist, ensnared in the FBI investigation of state Senator Leland Yee and Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, will affect this ongoing case.
  • Phil Matier: Safety of High-Rise Towers in SF

    August 27, 2014

    After Sunday’s earthquake in Napa, many are questioning the current construction of dozens of high-rise buildings in the Bay Area. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses tower safety in San Francisco.
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

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