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: 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.
  • Phil Matier: How is Koret Foundation Spending its Money?

    October 9, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Susan Koret, the widow of Koret Foundation founder Joseph Koret, and the foundation’s board of directors are exchanging accusations, as well as court filings, over how the foundation is spending its money.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Supervisors Pass Short-Term Rental Ordinance

    October 8, 2014

    The San Francisco Board of Supervisors cast their votes in favor of a short-term rental ordinance in San Francisco. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how short-term renting will be regulated and why some are unhappy with the outcome of the vote.
  • Phil Matier: Airbnb’s Controversial Proposal for San Francisco

    October 8, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says San Francisco Supervisors passed a controversial proposal on how the City should handle people who rent out their homes and apartments on websites like Airbnb.
  • Phil Matier: Gov. Brown’s Campaign Donations From PG&E Employees

    October 7, 2014

    Gov. Jerry Brown received campaign donations from six PG&E employees, but decided to return them. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how the aftermath of the pipeline explosion could look tarnish his image.
  • Phil Matier: Gov. Brown Endorses an Oakland Mayoral Candidate

    October 7, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier talks about why Governor Jerry Brown decided to formally endorse Oakland mayoral candidate, Libby Schaaf.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco’s Disappearing Gas Stations

    October 6, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses why gas stations in the City are steadily closing and being replaced with different projects such as condos and retail spaces. While City Hall’s push for fewer cars is an issue, Matier says it has more to do with decreasing profit margins for gas station operators.

Phil Matier: Struggling Caltrain Reports Record Ridership

Caltrain ridership is actually up despite the struggling transit service threatening to cut service earlier this year.


Nurses prepare pickets during a previous strike action. (CBS)

Phil Matier: Nurse Salaries Under Microscope Amid Labor Battle

The public has gotten a snapshot of the pay of executives at Sutter Health and its hospital nurses in the midst of a California labor dispute.


San Francisco City Hall

Phil Matier: Overtime Costs Soar For Some SF City Employees

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier looks at the year-end tally of city labor costs including some astronomical overtime figures being doled out.


Jerry Brown

Phil Matier: Brown Hasn’t Ended Double-Dipping By Appointees

SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – Several officials Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed to state boards and commissions simultaneously collect a salary and a public pension, despite the governor’s campaign promise to end so-called double dipping. Those political [...]



Phil Matier: Fisherman’s Wharf Murder Suspect Hunger Strike Sparks Debate

A man accused of a double killing near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf has staged a hunger strike for the last month, and it’s sparked a battle of ethics in the city.


Oakland police cruisers (CBS)

Phil Matier: Oakland Police Accused Of Drawing Guns Too Often On Black Suspects

Oakland police officers are often too quick to draw their guns, especially when confronting African-American suspects, according to a federal court monitor.


Barack Obama lifts a solar panel with Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet (R) as Executive Vice President, Operations and Engineering Ben Bierman looks on during a tour of Solyndra, Inc., a solar panel manufacturing facility, May 26, 2010 in Fremont.  (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Solyndra Received State Tax Break Last Year

The Department of Energy is not the only government agency that invested heavily in Solyndra, the Fremont-based solar manufacturing company that recently filed for bankruptcy.


California's Great America

SF Group To Buy Great America Amusement Park; 49ers Stadium Plan To Benefit

The San Francisco-based real estate investment firm will partner with the 49ers to integrate the theme park with the team’s new planned stadium in Santa Clara.


Artist rendering of the Chinatown subway station indicating stair/escalator and elevator access. (SFMTA)

Phil Matier: MTA Will Pay Chinatown Group To Expedite SF Subway

San Francisco mayor Ed Lee is about to decide the fate of a deal that would relocate dozens of Chinatown residents to make room for the new Central Subway project.


A protestor holds up a picture of Charles Hill during a demonstration at the Civic Center BART station on July 11, 2011. The group “No Justice, No BART” is protesting July 3, 2011 shooting death of Hill by BART Police officers. (CBS)

BART Considers Legal Action Against Demonstrators

The transit agency was contemplating seeking restraining orders against people arrested at multiple events.



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