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: Could A Proposed Fee On Real Estate Documents Help Create More Affordable Housing In California?

    February 26, 2015

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses whether or not the proposed $75 fee on real estate documents by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins will work to expand affordable housing.
  • Phil Matier: Pro Recreational Pot Video Making Rounds On Web

    February 26, 2015

    California’s 2016 statewide ballot could include an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana and advocates are already jumping into the fray. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says an amateurish video promoting the initiative is making the rounds on the web.
  • Phil Matier: Referendum To Repeal Plastic Bag Ban Qualifies For November 2016 CA Ballot

    February 25, 2015

    A statewide ban on single-use plastic bags has been suspended until the November 2016 election. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the effects on the industry and the residents of California.
  • Phil Matier: East Bay Assemblyman And San Francisco Supervisor Take Swing At Smokeless Tobacco Ban At Ballparks

    February 24, 2015

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the politics behind Assemblyman Tony Thurmond’s (D-Richmond) bill to ban all forms of tobacco at MLB ballparks in the state and San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell wanting to ban smokeless tobacco on any field in the city.
  • Phil Matier: Pouring Money Into The East Bay Senate Race

    February 24, 2015

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says several groups have combined to spend more than a million dollars on the upcoming East Bay senate primary. The top two candidates will square off in a special election May 19th.
  • Phil Matier: The Epidemic Of Car Break-Ins

    February 23, 2015

    Drivers are being warned to keep everything out of sight inside their vehicles around the Bay Area, as criminals have been targeting parked cars. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says thieves are drawn to this crime because of its ease and relative low risk.
  • Phil Matier: California Attorney General Approves Sale of Nonprofit Hospitals

    February 21, 2015

    Attorney General Kamala Harris has approved the sale of six nonprofit Catholic hospitals to a for-profit corporation. But KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Harris has imposed strong conditions on the purchase.
  • Phil Matier: Raiders And San Diego Chargers May Share A New Home

    February 20, 2015

    The San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders might be sharing a football stadium if a new proposal goes through. Both teams are expected to announce their plans Friday morning for a $1.7 billion field in Carson—in L.A. County. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss more about the press conference
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Coliseum Appoints New Director

    February 20, 2015

    The Oakland Alameda Coliseum Authority will appoint Scott McKibben, once director of the Rose Bowl, as its new leader tomorrow. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says McKibben will be tasked with keeping the A’s and Raiders in town.
  • Phil Matier: The Difficulty Of Negotiating The West Coast Port Labor Dispute

    February 19, 2015

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the West Coast labor dispute at the ports is a slow down and not an official strike, which makes it difficult for the two parties to come together.
  • Phil Matier: Airbnb Pays Millions In Back Taxes to San Francisco

    February 19, 2015

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Airbnb has paid tens of millions in back taxes to the city of San Francisco. The city treasurer had estimated the amount owed to be $25 million, but a company spokesman declined to say how much they've paid.
  • Phil Matier: DeSOTO Cab Becomes Flywheel Taxi

    February 18, 2015

    San Francisco’s oldest taxi company is now being rebranded as Flywheel Taxi. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the changes the company will be making to compete with the growing ride service industry.
  • Phil Matier: Derailed West Virginia Oil Train Raises Concerns in Bay Area

    February 18, 2015

    A train carrying Bakken crude derailed in West Virginia and caused a fire that has been burning for more than a day. KCBS, KPIX and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the highly combustible Bakken crude is also transported through the Bay Area.
  • Phil Matier: Labor Secretary Tom Perez Joins The Port Labor Talks As The Slowdown Continues

    February 17, 2015

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier doesn’t believe Labor Secretary Tom Perez will be able to help much in the negotiations between the port laborers and their employers. Businesses, meanwhile, could look elsewhere to get their goods shipped.
  • Phil Matier: New Hybrid Cars

    February 17, 2015

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says there is plenty of criticism to go around after it was learned that the State of California went out and bought a number of brand new hybrid cars.
  • Phil Matier: Proposed State Measure Abhorred By Cyclists

    February 16, 2015

    California adult cyclists do not support a proposed state law that would require them to wear helmet while riding or face a fine. SB192 would make California the first state that requires those over the age of eighteen to wear a helmet. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the effect the law could have on the state if it passes.
  • Phil Matier: Obama Switches Hotels for Bay Area Trip

    February 14, 2015

    President Obama is back in the Bay Area, but his itinerary looks a bit different this time. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the president is staying at San Francisco’s Fairmont hotel this time, instead of the Intercontinental Hotel just south of Market Street.
  • Phil Matier: Big Turnout for San Francisco General’s Heroes and Hearts

    February 13, 2015

    Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and KCBS’ Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor were among the attendees at San Francisco General’s 10th annual Heroes and Hearts luncheon this week. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and Brown discuss the absence of former Mayor Art Agnos.
  • Phil Matier: BART Opts to Prosecute Protesters

    February 13, 2015

    In a contentious vote, BART’s Board of Directors opted to ask the Alameda County District attorney to continue prosecuting protesters who shut down West Oakland Station on Black Friday. But KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says those charges won’t include a requirement to pay restitution.
  • Phil Matier: Port Of Oakland Shut Down For Holiday Weekend Amid Ongoing Labor Dispute

    February 12, 2015

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the Port of Oakland employers and unions can’ agree over work rules and other issues, while frustrated manufactures consider bypassing U.S. West Coast ports entirely and use Canada or Mexico for commercial shipping instead.
  • Phil Matier: Senator and Governor’s Race 2018

    February 12, 2015

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says just weeks after State Attorney General Kamala Harris announced that she would be running for Senator Barbara Boxer’s seat, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom says he's in the running for Governor in 2018.
  • Phil Matier: Gov. Brown’s Climate Change Goals Reaching Fruition

    February 11, 2015

    Combating climate change has always been on Gov. Jerry Brown's agenda and now his long-term plans may become a reality as legislators announced a series of bills yesterday aimed at cutting oil usage and promoting renewable energy. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses some of these measures.
  • Phil Matier: Will former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa run for Boxer’s Senate Seat?

    February 11, 2015

    According to a new poll of Latino voters, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa leads Attorney General Kamala Harris in the race to replace Senator Barbara Boxer, but KCBS, KPIX and Chronicle insider Phil Matier says Villaraigosa hasn't even entered the race.
  • Phil Matier: Gov. Brown Aims Low With California’s Annual Spending Plan

    February 10, 2015

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses a $1 billion to $2 billion plan the Brown administration has for the California budget and explains why he’s being frugal instead of spending more.
  • Phil Matier: Port of Oakland Open

    February 10, 2015

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the Port of Oakland is back open today after a weekend shutdown following a breakdown in talks between Longshoremen and port officials up and down the west coast.
San Jose State University (San Jose State University)

Phil Matier: Bill To Cap Cal State University Salaries Taps Popular Anger

A state senator has proposed capping the pay of California State University campus presidents and holding their salary negotiations in public.


California High-Speed Rail

Phil Matier: Congress Reviews Rising Costs of Calif. High-Speed Rail

A House committee questioned the head of the California High-Speed Rail Authority on Thursday about the growing cost of building a rail line to connect the state’s major cities.


The former Phoenix Continuation High School campus in San Francisco, proposed relocation site for Occupy San Francisco's encampment.  (CBS)

Phil Matier: Mayor Lee Wants Occupy SF To Relocate To The Mission

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee reportedly wants the city’s Occupy protestors to move to the Mission.


Occupy Wall Street Protests Continue In Bay Area

East Bay Occupy Encampments Help Define New Trend In Protest

The Occupy Wall Street movement has popularized a new mode of protest that challenges the definition of First Amendment freedom.


Occupy Oakland protesters run away as the police shoot tear gas canisters near the Oakland City Hall on October 25, 2011. (Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Dialogue Instead of Tear Gas

The KCBS and Chronicle Insider explains why San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is in no hurry to crackdown on the Occupy SF tents along the Embarcadero.


Ed Lee, San Francisco Mayor

Phil Matier: Political Fallout From San Francisco Mayoral Ballot Flap

Arguably, an investigation into the matter would take some time. The political fallout, on the other hand, could be near instantaneous.


1991 Oakland Hills Fire. (CBS)

Phil Matier: Oakland’s Quick Rebuilding After Firestorm

The KCBS and Chronicle Insider says it’s astounding how quickly Oakland rebuilt 20 years after the firestorm that killed 25 people and destroyed 4,000 homes and apartments.



Phil Matier: Questions Raised About Transit Agency’s SF Real Estate Deal

The MTC approved the $93 million purchase of a building on Main St. between Harrison and Folsom streets in mid-October by a vote of 8-to-6. Two members were absent.


World's Worst Nuclear Accidents

Phil Matier: Repealing The Nuclear Free Berkeley Act

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier looks at the longstanding Nuclear Free Berkeley Act.


San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SF City Attorney Calls For Investigation Of Contributions To Lee Campaign

One of Mayor Ed Lee’s rivals has called on local, state and federal prosecutors to investigate several questionable donations to his campaign from employees at an airport shuttle company.



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