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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: San Francisco's Taxi Industry Down Due To Ride Service Companies

    September 17, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the complaints about the taxi industry and the impact of the ride service companies in San Francisco.
  • Phil Matier: California’s New ‘3-Foot Buffer Zone’ For Cyclists Likely To Agitate Drivers

    September 16, 2014

    A new law stating that drivers must give cyclists at least three feet of room to anticipate their maneuvers goes into effect Tuesday. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider explains that this “buffer zone” is controversial because although this new law is meant to improve the safety for cyclists, many still violate basic traffic laws causing agtiation for driver
  • Phil Matier: PG&E Execs Lose Jobs After San Bruno Pipeline Disaster

    September 16, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports three PG&E executives and an aide to the Public Utilities Commission president have lost their jobs following the release of emails between the two agencies regarding the San Bruno pipeline disaster.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Officials Want To Stop 'Box Blockers' On City’s Intersections

    September 15, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses a potential "Don't Block the Box" campaign to stop motorists that stop along busy intersections with yellow lights and the political significance of just who these drivers are.
  • Phil Matier: One Republic of California, Not Six

    September 13, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says voters will not get a chance to break California into six separate states after backers of the initiative failed to get the number of signatures required to put it on next year's ballot.
  • Phil Matier: The Story Behind Arnold’s Portrait Modification

    September 12, 2014

    Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Governor’s portrait is now on display at the state capitol. But as KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown say that the image of the Governator’s ex-wife Maria Shriver, which was originally in the piece, has been painted over.
  • Phil Matier: Mystery in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Portrait

    September 12, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had something personal removed from his portrait before its unveiling.
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Faces Uphill Battle To Re-Election

    September 11, 2014

    A new poll shows Quan significantly behind City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan in the race mayoral race. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the ranked choice voting that swept Quan into office could be working against her as the incumbent.
  • Phil Matier: BART Watch Concerns

    September 11, 2014

    KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that the ACLU says it is concerned over the app called BART Watch that BART has released, which lets users contact police by using their smartphones to let people report suspicious activity.
  • Phil Matier: Why There Are More BART Passengers Crowded Into Trains?

    September 10, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the reasons why BART is more crowded these days, which include aging trains waiting for replacements, longer rides and bureaucracy.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Developers Renege On Paying Special Tax For Transbay Terminal And High-Speed Rail

    September 9, 2014

    While downtown developers had earlier promised to pay a special tax to help pay for the extension of the Caltrain to the new Transbay Terminal, KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says they are now lobbying San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and threatening a lawsuit because they claim the amounts are too excessive due to soaring property values
  • Phil Matier: The Governator Is Back—In The State Capitol

    September 9, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports former Governer Arnold Schwarzenegger was in Sacramento for his official portrait unveiling and a climate change panel.
  • Phil Matier: Private Ambulances Being Used Amidst Shortage in San Francisco

    September 8, 2014

    San Francisco Fire Department officials were forced to call for private ambulances to help cover the Saturday night during the Labor Day Holiday weekend. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that while the city hasn’t increased in size, the number of people using emergency services has grown.
  • Phil Matier: Controversy Over Urban Shield's Sales Market Of Weapons

    September 6, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the controversy over Urban Shield's weapons vendors in Oakland, as well as protests against the event.
  • Phil Matier: Reactions from the Governor’s Debate

    September 5, 2014

    California Governor Jerry Brown and Republican candidate Neel Kashkari engaged in their only planned formal debate before November’s election yesterday. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown break down the performance of each politician.
  • Phil Matier: Uber On the Move

    September 5, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports that Uber is planning to once again move its office to a new San Francisco location.
  • Phil Matier: Political Football Behind Brown-Kashkari Gubernatorial Debate

    September 4, 2014

    The first, possibly only, debate between Neel Kashkari and Gov. Jerry Brown in Sacramento Thursday coincides with the start of the NFL season. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains this limits the TV audience for what might be Kashkari’s one chance to present himself as a credible statewide voice for California Republicans.
  • Phil Matier: Tesla Motors Passes On California For Their New Battery Factory

    September 4, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses why Tesla Motors chose Nevada over California for building a massive battery factory and Tesla's current stakes in California.
  • Phil Matier: New Stadium Deal Could Keep Raiders in Oakland

    September 3, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Mayor Jean Quan and the Raiders have agreed in principle on a new stadium deal that will keep the team in Oakland, bring extra housing and retail space to the Coliseum site, and allow the city to pay off $120 million in debt.
  • Phil Matier: PG&E Fined $1.4 billion for 2010 San Bruno Pipeline Explosion

    September 3, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that California’s Public Utilities commission has fined PG&E a record $1.4 billion for violations leading to the 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, but city officials are concerned the punishment isn’t enough.
  • Phil Matier: Cleaning Crew Assembled To Tackle BART Stations’ Sights And Smells

    September 2, 2014

    A three-person “cleaning-crew” has been assembled for BART stations as they have become magnates for garbage, graffiti and the homeless. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains certain tactics the cleaning crew will use in order to restore a cleaner image for these stations, starting with the worst stations which are located downtown San Fran
  • Phil Matier: State Legislature Moves Ahead with Gun Control

    August 30, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that two new gun control bills circulating in the State Legislature could soon end up on Gov. Brown's desk, but getting his signature could be another story.
  • Phil Matier: Mayor Ed Lee Reportedly ‘Baited’ by FBI

    August 29, 2014

    The Leland Yee and Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow case continues to unravel as new details of undercover FBI agents reportedly donated $20,000 to Mayor Ed Lee has surfaced. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown explain that although the agents were trying to “bait” Lee, this doesn’t necessarily reflect the mayo
  • Phil Matier: Platic Bags Banned Statewide

    August 29, 2014

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports that after a bill to ban single-use plastic bags failed earlier this week, the state assembly has approved the bill statewide.
  • Phil Matier: Ride-Sharing Companies Change Stance On Insurance Coverage

    August 28, 2014

    Uber and Lyft have reluctantly agreed to back an insurance bill for their drivers. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains that while they claim having any more insurance would “stifle” innovation and growth, they have compromised over an agreement which will satisfy both insurance firms and themselves.
Caltrain

Phil Matier: Struggling Caltrain Reports Record Ridership

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

10/06/2011

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.

10/05/2011

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.

10/03/2011

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 [...]

09/29/2011

(AP)

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.

09/28/2011

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.

09/21/2011

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.

09/20/2011

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.

09/19/2011

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.

09/14/2011

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.

09/13/2011

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