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Phil Matier

State Sen. Mark Leno is confident a new Kill-Switch bill will pass the Senate.

Phil Matier: San Francisco Supervisor Proposes Legislation Requiring Kill Switch On Mobile Devices

This comes as according to state Senator Mark Leno, Apple has switched from being opposed to a kill switch measure, to being neutral on the issue.

05/07/2014

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Phil Matier: Top-Two Primary Voting System Could Shake Up California Politics

California’s top-two primary system is in effect this year for the first time in statewide races and it looks it will be a huge game changer.

05/06/2014

Neel Kashkari. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Kashkari Spends $500,000 Out of Pocket for Campaign Ads

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is ponying up $500,000 of his own money and launching his first television ads of the campaign.

05/05/2014

Artist rendering of proposed park in the Mission Rock area across McCovey Cove from AT&T Park in San Francisco. (Cordish Companies)

Phil Matier: San Francisco Giants Development Plans Face Roadblock In Waterfront Politics

The team could be adversely affected by the passage of Proposition B, which would limit the height of new buildings on Port of San Francisco property.

04/30/2014

San Francisco Home (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Will San Francisco Ballot Measure Deter Explosion Of Short-Term Rentals Fueled By Airbnb?

Are Airbnb operations in San Francisco about to come screeching to a halt? Or, at the very least, be severely curbed?

04/29/2014

School Lunch

Bill To Require EpiPens In Public Schools Faces Opposition From Teachers Union

A California Senate bill would require public schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors on campus in the event a student experiences a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, but those in the medical field are getting push back from the teachers union.

04/28/2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown discusses pension reform during a news conference on August 28, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Gov. Brown Makes Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People List

Time magazine has released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People. Among the likes of Beyonce, the Pope and Edward Snowden, it includes several prominent Bay Area figures including Governor Jerry Brown.

04/25/2014

Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Four

Phil Matier: What Happens To Oracle Arena When Warriors Move To San Francisco?

Oakland’s fight to keep the Golden State Warriors appears to have ended with the team announcing that it’s inked a deal to buy a plot of land in San Francisco’s Mission Bay, but what happens to Oracle Arena?

04/22/2014

A rendering of the prvious arena plan (credit: AECOM - official architecture team)

Warriors Tout Transit Benefits Of New ‘Inland’ Arena; Some Former Opponents Agree

The Golden State Warriors now plan to build their new arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood and Rick Welts, the team’s president and chief of operations, said that besides a view, the new site has everything needed.

04/22/2014

People walk by a homeless man. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Officials Concede Little Progress On San Francisco Homelessness Despite Massive Spending

San Francisco is spending about $458,000 per day to house and help homeless people—that’s $34 a day per homeless person. The annual $167 million price tag is $20 million more than the operations budget for the Children, Youth and Family Services department, $6.3 million more than for Public Works and $3.8 million more than for Recreation and Park.

04/21/2014

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