CBS 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier

California State Senator Ron Calderon, D-Los Angeles County. (California State Senate)

Phil Matier: FBI Affidavit Alleges State Sen. Ron Calderon Accepted Bribes

Democratic State Senator Ron Calderon has not been charged with anything yet, but he is trouble with the law as Al Jazeera America has reported that he is being investigated for taking thousands of dollars in bribes from federal investigators, including an undercover FBI agent.


Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) union workers with SEIU Local 1021 hold signs as they picket in front of the Lake Merritt station on July 2, 2013 in Oakland. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: An Evolving Relationship Between Labor Unions And California Democrats

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is leading an effort to put an initiative before voters allowing cities to renegotiate pensions for existing public employees—as well as new hires. Meanwhile, State Assembly candidate Steve Glazer from Orinda, is pushing an initiative preventing transit employees from striking in the future.


Amalgamated Transit Union workers hold signs as they strike outside of a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station on July 1, 2013 in Berkeley.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Plenty Willing To Work For Current BART Wages

While BART’s contract dispute continues, some Bay Area residents are thinking that they would like to work at the transit agency for the wages that are paid now. Those jobs, however, are hard to come by.


BART train, station

Phil Matier: BART Struggles To Get Broken Escalators Fixed

Recently, as many as 28 BART station escalators were out of service. In at least one instance, the escalator – at the West Oakland Station – has been down for more than 7 months. An escalator at San Francisco’s Civic Center Station has been out since January 10.