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: Ed Lee Re-Election

    December 25, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says a new poll shows San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has a commanding lead over any potential competitor in his re-election bid.
  • Phil Matier: Police, Community Relations In Jeopardy

    December 24, 2014

    As nationwide protests continue over the state of police and community relations, calls for peace have been made by both sides. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how recent events, including the killing of two New York Police officers last Saturday, are complicating matters.
  • Phil Matier: Governor Brown Taps New Utilities Czar

    December 24, 2014

    Gov. Jerry Brown has chosen a former aide, Michael Picker, to replace departing California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier Picker, who awaits confirmation in the State Senate, will have to respond to the pending release of thousands of emails between with PG&E in the wake of a deadly 20
  • Phil Matier: Opponents Of The Statewide Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags Raise Millions In Hopes Of Getting A Repeal Initiative

    December 23, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses whether or not voters care about repealing the statewide ban on single-use plastic bags and how environmentalists will react.
  • Phil Matier: Police Handling More Protests in Oakland

    December 23, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Oakland's already strapped police department may be feeling even more thinly stretched following a string of recent protests, which are hurting the city financially, morally, and on the crime rate.
  • Phil Matier: Kamala Harris Says DAs Don’t Favor Police

    December 22, 2014

    The decisions not to indict the police officers involved in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases have caused some to ask why local district attorneys handle these types of cases despite working closely with police. California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she doesn’t think district attorneys have a conflict of interest and are ready to face potentia
  • Phil Matier: Caltrans Decides Against Replacing Bolts on Bay Bridge

    December 20, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Caltrans has decided tests reveal a fix to replace the corroded rods and bolts on the new span of the Bay Bridge won’t be necessary.
  • Phil Matier: The likeliness Of A Bay Area Olympic Bid?

    December 19, 2014

    U.S. Olympic Committee officials were in Redwood City this week to hear pitches by four cities for the right to host the 2024 Summer Games. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown break down the chances of the bid proposals from Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
  • Phil Matier: CPUC President Bids Farewell

    December 19, 2014

    CPUC President Michael Peevey’s tenure has ended. KCBS, KPIX and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Peevey has been under fire in connection with a series of email exchanges between commission members and PG&E executives following the deadly pipeline explosion in San Bruno.
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Police Say They Had “No Idea” about Undercover CHP Officers At Demonstrations

    December 18, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the miscommunication between the OPD and CHP after an undercover CHP officer who pulled out a gun at protesters last Wednesday.
  • Phil Matier: What’s Going On With the New BART-Oakland Airport Connector Issues?

    December 18, 2014

    BART officials claim a piece of plastic tarp and rope hindered service on their new $484 million connector service to Oakland International Airport for most of last Friday. Then on Sunday the system went down again for 20 minutes. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier talked with BART officials to see why this is happening.
  • Phil Matier: Berkeley Demonstrators and Residents Unhappy with Police Riot Tactics

    December 17, 2014

    Berkeley officials and protesters are at odds over how police have handled recent protests. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier looks at why residents are upset and how different Bay Area agencies have handled demonstrators.
  • Phil Matier: Bay Area Pitching For 2024 Olympic Summer Games In Redwood City

    December 16, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains reasons why the Bay Area would want the Olympic games, which includes building better public transit and sport complexes, as well as expanding housing.
  • Phil Matier: Police, Politics And Peaceful Protests

    December 16, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus drew the ire of some within his own department when he joined a peaceful protest recently, holding a sign saying “blacklivesmatter.”
  • Phil Matier: California’s Earthquake Warning System Gets $5 Million

    December 15, 2014

    $5 Million in federal funding has been approved for the rollout of an early earthquake warning system in California. However, KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says additional funds will be needed since this will not be an inexpensive project.
  • Phil Matier: Missing SF General Patient’s Family To Receive City Settlement

    December 13, 2014

    The family of a woman who turned up dead in a San Francisco General Hospital stairwell has settled with the city. KCBS, KPIX and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the city is willing to pay them nearly $3 million.
  • Phil Matier: Expect A Thicker Election Mailer In 2016

    December 12, 2014

    California voters could have more ballot initiatives to consider when they hit the ballot box in 2016. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss why last month’s low voter turnout is a direct cause.
  • Phil Matier: Undercover Highway Patrol Cop Pulls Gun on Marchers in Oakland

    December 12, 2014

    An undercover California Highway Patrol officer pulled a gun on protesters marching in Oakland last night after crowds outed him as a cop. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says CHP officials are defending the officer, despite anger from the community.
  • Phil Matier: Food Service Workers At SFO Go On A 48-Hour-Strike

    December 11, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains that, amid Thursday’s storm and flight cancellations, SFO food service workers are striking due to benefits and job security concerns amidst the storm.
  • Phil Matier: Bay Bridge Lights Project One Step Closer Towards Permanence

    December 11, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the lights that flickered life into the Bay Bridge in 2013 was originally planned as a two-year art installation. Now it’s a committee vote closer towards becoming permanent.
  • Phil Matier: The Changing Nature Of Bay Area Protests

    December 10, 2014

    Another freeway was shut down, dumpsters were burned and more stores were looted Tuesday night in Berkeley and Oakland as protests in the Bay Area continue. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the changing nature of protests and how they are being handled by politicians.
  • Phil Matier: Uber Sued by California Prosecutors

    December 10, 2014

    San Francisco and Los Angeles district attorneys announced a consumer protection and unlawful business practices lawsuit against Uber, based on background check claims and inaccurate fare calculations and fees. KCBS, KPIX and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Lyft has agreed to pay $500,000 in a settlement for similar charges.
  • Phil Matier: Protests Continue In The East Bay Over Michael Brown And Eric Garner

    December 9, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes the tactics used by protesters against police brutality in Berkeley, which includes blocking highways, Amtrak trains and stopping BART service—and the law enforcement’s difficulty in countering the disruptions.
  • Phil Matier: Protest Spotlight Shifts To Berkeley

    December 9, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says city officials in Berkeley are hoping things will calm down after peaceful marches turned violent the past two nights with some demonstrators smashing windows and looting stores.
  • Phil Matier: ‘Rainbow Girls’ Terrorize High-End Stores In San Francisco’s Union Square

    December 8, 2014

    There has been a “plague” affecting San Francisco’s Union Square recently: shoplifting groups targeting high-end merchandise. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier said the value of the items makes re-selling an issue, so the stolen merchandise is probably headed overseas.
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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