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Phil Matier: Another High Rise Proposed On San Francisco’s Waterfront

Another political battle could heat up at San Francisco City Hall stemming from a new residential high rise proposal on the waterfront.


Bicyclists and pedestrians head westbound along the new Bay Bridge bike path. (CBS)

Phil Matier: Cycling Advocates Push For Bay Bridge Bike Path Extension

Bicycling advocates have been dreaming of extending the bike and pedestrian path on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge to the western span. Next month that dream could inch slightly forward to reality.


71-year-old Sutchi Hui was struck at the intersection of Market and Castro streets. (CBS)

Phil Matier: Bicyclist’s Unique Plea Deal In Deadly SF Castro Crash

Under a plea agreement, 37-year-old Chris Bucchere of Marin County will not serve any time in jail. Instead, he will be sentenced to 1,000 hours of community service when he goes before the judge in San Francisco Superior Court on Aug. 16.


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

Phil Matier: Why BART Is Relying On State Mediators Instead Of Local Politicians

The unions on strike at BART say that a number of Bay Area politicians have offered to help end the dispute. But a BART representative said the agency is relying on state mediators to bring the two sides together.


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Phil Matier: The Politics Of The BART Strike

The walkout by BART’s employees is now in full effect and Gov. Brown has been reluctant to call for a 60-day cooling-off period because that could likely have a bigger effect as the commute, at that time, will be flooded with people returning to school. But the dynamic between the transit agency and its union employees is just one example of the current state of public employee unions and management.


The floor of the California Assembly during a recent session. (Getty Images/Justin Sullivan)

Lawmakers Return To Sacramento With Many Eyeing New Spending

The California State Legislature returned to work on Tuesday to examine Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget amid a widening divide over how much money the state can spend.


Occupy Oakland demonstrators at the start of a march in Oakland, Saturday, January 28, 2012.

Phil Matier: Oakland Police Gear Up For Weekend Occupy Protest

Oakland police are gearing up for another busy weekend as Occupy protesters have vowed to take to the streets Saturday night.



Phil Matier: California Teachers Association Reluctantly Backs Gov. Brown’s Tax Plan

The KCBS and Chronicle Insider says the CTA is backing Gov. Brown’s tax plan, but they do have some reservations.


solar panels

Phil Matier: Utility Companies Cashing In On California’s Renewable Energy Law

The KCBS and Chronicle Insider says utility companies might reap the rewards of the state’s renewable energy law and consumer’s may see higher bills.


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.