Phil Matier

Campaign 2014

Phil Matier: What Happens When You’re 1st At The Polls On Election Day?

The turnout at the polls was so light this morning that our own Insider Phil Matier was the first to vote at his polling place.

06/03/2014

State Capitol Building in Sacramento, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Legislators Opting To Vote In Capitol Building Hallways Instead Of On The Floor

Bills that could have a big impact on Bay Area residents have failed this week in the state Senate, including a proposal that would have strengthened the Ellis Act, as it applies to landlords in San Francisco.

05/29/2014

California State Capitol in Sacramento (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: California Legislators Are Highest Paid In Nation

A new report by Pew Charitable Trusts shows that California legislators make over $90,000 a year and may still be getting a raise.

05/27/2014

Republican gubernatorial candidates Tim Donnelly (left), Neel Kashkari. (California State Assembly, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: California’s Tea Party Candidate Resists GOP’s Slump

This week the Tea Party took some hits nationally by losing several primary battles against the GOP establishment, but a California Tea Party Republican continues to lead as the Republican candidate for governor.

05/23/2014

A passenger uses a Clipper card at a fare gate. (CBS)

Phil Matier: Faulty Clipper Card System Angers Muni Riders Subject To Fines

The technological advances to make San Francisco’s Muni a more efficient public-transportation system are actually working against riders, several of whom are getting fined because of faulty Clipper card readers .

05/22/2014

Jerry Brown Interview

Phil Matier: Gov. Brown Says California At ‘Epicenter of Climate Change’

Gov. Jerry Brown says California is at “the epicenter” of the effects of a warming planet as the state experiences longer fire seasons and more destructive wildland blazes.

05/19/2014

Traffic backs up on Interstate 80 at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) strike snarls the Monday morning commute on October 21, 2013 in Oakland, California. BART workers continue to strike after contract negotiations between BART management and the transit agency's two largest unions fell apart last week. Management and unions agreed on the financial specifics of the contract but differed on workplace safety rules. An estimated 400,000 commuters ride BART each day. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Congestive Pricing Not Stopping Bay Bridge Commuters During Morning Peak

An increase in price during peak morning commute hours doesn’t appear to be stopping people from crossing the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

05/19/2014

An artist's rendition of a museum proposed by George Lucas for the Presidio across from Crissy Field. (George Lucas)

Phil Matier: ‘A New Hope’ For Lucas Museum On San Francisco Waterfront

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is pitching a new spot for filmmaker George Lucas’s art museum. In our column, Matier & Ross, Andrew Ross and I reported on Thursday that Lee thinks a lot across from Piers 30-32 would be a good spot and he’s enlisting several powerful San Francisco figures for support.

05/15/2014

Sean Whent (Oakland Police Department)

Oakland Names Interim Chief Sean Whent As Permanent Top Cop

Whent was named interim chief last May and has been seen as one of the leading candidates to head the department.

05/14/2014

Baseball field at Bushrod Park in Oakland, California. (Wikimedia Commons)

Phil Matier: Oakland A’s Offer Second Chance For City To Refurbish Baseball Field

The team said red tape proved to be too much of a hassle when they first offered to refurbish a Little League field at Bushrod Park in North Oakland.

05/14/2014

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