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: How Much Money Congress Makes

    October 25, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the list of how much money every member of Congress has was published by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. There were several California lawmakers in the top 20, but several others were in the bottom 20.
  • Phil Matier: After Two Titles, Are Giants Fans Spoiled?

    October 24, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown look forward to the Giants return to San Francisco tonight to take on the Kansas City Royals in Game Three of the World Serie. But after winning two titles in the last four years, have Giants fans become spoiled?
  • Phil Matier: Three Oakland Mayor Candidates Bad-Mouth Opponents

    October 24, 2014

    Three candidates in the Oakland mayor’s race urged reporters today to not vote for Rebecca Kaplan, Libby Schaaf, and current Mayor Jean Quan. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discuss why this occurred the day after a poll showed the three Oakland City Council insiders are ahead in the race.
  • Phil Matier: Desperate Times For Neel Kashkari

    October 23, 2014

    California GOP gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari keeps dumping his own money into his campaign with little effect. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Kashkari’s final campaign offensive against Gov. Jerry Brown is not getting traction among voters.
  • Phil Matier: Are California Students Being Pushed Out Of the UC System?

    October 23, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says for years, out-of-state students have brought in extra revenue to the University of California system, including an extra $400 million this year due to some new higher fees. But are these financial priorities pushing local students out?
  • Phil Matier: Plans To Charge Bicyclists And Pedestrians To Cross The Golden Gate Bridge

    October 22, 2014

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  • Phil Matier: Friends With Deep Pockets Now Backing Oakland’s Coliseum City

    October 22, 2014

    The Oakland City Council has granted an extension to a group trying to develop Oakland's Coliseum City. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how the group is searching for a developer for the project that would create a new stadium, housing, retail stores and offices.
  • Phil Matier: Is Sen. Feinstein Putting San Francisco’s Mayor Lee On The Hot Seat Over Airbnb Legislation?

    October 21, 2014

    The KCBS and Chronicle Insider reports in an op-ed piece, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has urged legislation being considered by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to fully legalize Airbnb and similar companies to not be rushed to approval.
  • Phil Matier: Feinstien Speaks Out Against Airbnb Measure

    October 21, 2014

    The newly proposed Airbnb measure to regulate temporary housing rentals in San Francisco is being opposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein who says City Hall is being “shortsighted.” KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the issues surrounding short-term rentals including that the new measure may increase San Francisco’s already skyrocketing housi
  • Phil Matier: Gov. Jerry Brown Barely Touches Campaign Fund

    October 21, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says with just two weeks away from California’s gubernatorial election, Gov. Jerry Brown is spending very little on his own re-election campaign and is focusing instead on two proposals.
  • Phil Matier: Caltrans’ Steel Plate Warnings On The Bay Bridge Were ‘Too’ Effective

    October 20, 2014

    The temporary steel plates on the Bay Bridge that ensnarled traffic for Friday’s commute were gone in time for the start of this work week. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the use of these steel plates by Caltrans is not new, but in this instance, more warnings resulted in more cautious drivers.
  • Phil Matier: With the Giants in the World Series, City Officials Need to be Prepared

    October 18, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says San Francisco City officials are gearing up and taking care of the surrounding areas of AT&T Park as the Giants are heading back to the World Series for the third time in five years.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Giants Win The Pennant

    October 17, 2014

    The San Francisco Giants won the National League pennant for third time in five years on Thursday night. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the memorable 1989 World Series against the Oakland A’s.
  • Phil Matier: Tentative Deal Averts Golden Gate Bridge District Bus Strike

    October 17, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier talks about the pressure on the Bridge District and the unions to reach the tentative agreement to avoid a strike that would have inconvenienced a lot of commuters.
  • Phil Matier: Libby Schaaf Gains More Supporters In Oakland Mayor’s Race

    October 16, 2014

    Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan remains ahead in the Oakland Mayor’s race according to the latest poll but KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how her opponent Libby Schaaf is receiving more support after an endorsement by Gov. Jerry Brown.
  • Phil Matier: Former San Francisco DA Launches New Campaign Ads

    October 16, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says California Attorney General Kamala Harris is launching her first campaign ads in her race against GOP rival Ron Gold.
  • Phil Matier: New Transit Tax On November’s Ballot

    October 15, 2014

    Another transit tax is up for a vote this November to increase funds for public transportation as well as bike and pedestrian lanes. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses whether or not this will help the congestion problem in the Bay Area.
  • Phil Matier: Sidecar Agrees To Permit To Allow Company To Operate At SFO

    October 15, 2014

    The KCBS and Chronicle Insider says Sidecar, a transportation network company, and SFO have come to agreement that allows them to provide services and legally operate at the airport.
  • Phil Matier: San Jose Mayoral Race Tightens

    October 14, 2014

    An innovative way to interview mayoral candidates for San Jose’s upcoming elections happened yesterday as Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese and City Councilman Sam Liccardo took questions regarding their policies inside a tour bus. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how this will be a very close race as both candidates have subs
  • Phil Matier: Congressional Candidates Release Conflicting Polls

    October 14, 2014

    Two Bay Area Democratic candidates for congressional seats have each released polls with conflicting information about who’s in the lead. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the House race between the incumbent, Mike Honda, and his challenger Ro Khanna.
  • Phil Matier: Gov. Brown’s ‘Non Campaign’ Campaign Ad Strategy

    October 13, 2014

    With the state’s election coming up, Gov. Jerry Brown will be a more frequent presence on Californian’s television screens in the coming weeks. But KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier said Brown won’t be touting his accomplishments in a re-election bid; instead, he will promote Propositions 1 and 2.
  • Phil Matier: State Attorney General Investigates CPUC’s Alleged Suspicious Dealings

    October 11, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the California Public Utilities Commission is now under investigation after the alleged suspicious dealings between CPUC and PG&E came to light in the wake of the deadly 2010 gas line explosion in San Bruno.
  • Phil Matier: President Obama Hosts San Francisco Fundraiser

    October 10, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that Pres. Obama will be in San Francisco Friday for a big democratic fundraiser, which could be a source of major headaches for drivers, with big traffic jams expected downtown and for local politicians in campaigns trying to shy away from the presidents low approval ratings. Former San Francisco Mayor Wil
  • Phil Matier: CPUC President Won't Seek Third Term

    October 10, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports that State CPUC President Michael Peevey will not be seeking a third term following criticism of his handling of the PG&E pipeline explosion.
  • Phil Matier: Jahi McMath Court Hearing Postponed

    October 9, 2014

    A hearing Thursday in the legal fight to reverse a court finding that Jahi McMath is brain dead has been postponed at the request of the McMath family’s attorney. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains says the delay comes after a court-appointed expert filed a report refuting evidence which claims the 13-year-old is still alive.
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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