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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: What’s Driving Record Number Of UC Admissions

    April 19, 2014

    The University of California will admit 86,000 students for Fall of 2014, almost 5 percent more than last year. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier looks at who’s in the incoming class.
  • Phil Matier: The Tale of Six Californias?

    April 18, 2014

    The movement to divide California into six separate states is attempting to collect enough signatures to be featured on November’s ballot. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown talk about the pros and cons of the proposal and Brown’s past efforts to divide the state.
  • Phil Matier: Cal Osha Fines BART for Worker Deaths

    April 18, 2014

    Cal Osha has fined BART $210 thousand following an investigation into the deaths of two workers killed while inspecting the tracks in Walnut Creek last October, and KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports that the agency has since changed its safety procedures.
  • Phil Matier: Poll Shows Californians Ready To Change Proposition 13

    April 17, 2014

    Almost forty years ago, Californians embraced property tax limits that over time have created big differences in how the value of similar homes in the same neighborhood get assessed. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier looks at what has stymied previous efforts to overturn Prop 13.
  • Phil Matier: Does Sacramento’s Mayor Have Wider Political Ambition?

    April 17, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that after being named President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson may be looking to step into the national spotlight.
  • 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.
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.

01/05/2012

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.

12/15/2011

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.

11/23/2011

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.

11/10/2011

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.

10/31/2011

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.

10/24/2011

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.

10/20/2011

MTC

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.

10/17/2011

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.

10/10/2011

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.

10/07/2011