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Phil Matier

Oakland City Hall. (CBS)

Phil Matier: Santana Would Return To Oakland Politics, But Not With Mayor Quan

Oakland’s former City Administrator Deanna Santana says she’s willing to work as a consultant for the city, but only if she doesn’t have to have any contact with Mayor Jean Quan.

03/11/2014

A fire truck stands in front of the closed international terminal at San Francisco International Airport July 6, 2013.  (Photo by Sarah Rice/Getty Images)

SF Firefighters Raking In Overtime, Among Highest-Paid City Workers

Insider Phil Matier reports San Francisco firefighters are doing pretty well financially as overtime pay is making them some of the highest-paid city workers.

03/10/2014

Lyft Rideshare Service

Phil Matier: SF Lawmakers Want Ride-Share Companies To Face Fair Regulations

UberX, Lyft and Side Car are all on notice now that San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors are looking at ways to clamp down on the ride sharing companies.

03/07/2014

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has plans to outline a proposal to build more housing units and bring in new residents as proposed during her State of the City address on March 6, 2014. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Oakland Mayor Touts Plan To Bring In New Residents

Jean Quan’s 10,000 resident plan, part of her re-election campaign, would include thousands of new housing units in the city.

03/06/2014

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Open-Air, Semi-Enclosed Urinal To Combat Pee Problem At SF Dolores Park

San Francisco plans to tackle the problem of too many people and not enough toilets at one of the city’s most frequented parks by building what is becoming known as a pPod (‘pee pod’).

03/05/2014

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Oakland Approves Scaled-Back Plan For Surveillance Center

The “Domain Awareness Center” was going to monitor surveillance cameras mounted throughout the city, but that plan was scaled back after hours of debate. Instead, the plan was approved to keep an eye on The Port of Oakland.

03/05/2014

A view of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: State’s Democrats Lose Supermajority But Keep Republicans On Sidelines

With two State Senators taking leaves of absence, California Democrats have had to bid farewell to their prized supermajority in Sacramento. But what does that mean? Probably just business as usual.

03/04/2014

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots a free throw against the Chicago Bulls on February 6, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Warriors Signal Renewed Interest In Arena Next To AT&T Park

s the Golden State Warriors fight an uphill battle to build a basketball arena on San Francisco’s waterfront, the possibility of teaming up with the Giants to develop a project in Parking Lot A—near McCovey Cove—has arisen.

03/03/2014

Passengers board a Muni bus along Market Street in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Google Donates Nearly $7 Million To Fund Free Muni Rides For San Francisco Youth

Google is donating nearly $7 million to allow San Francisco to continue providing free bus and other transportation services to low-income city kids, city officials announced on Thursday.

02/28/2014

Bay Bridge Officially Re-Opens After Years Of Repairs

Phil Matier: Gov. Brown Overly Confident New Bay Bridge’s Problems Solved

Governor Brown seems fairly confident about the safety of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge, some might say too confident given the unanswered questions about all the problems we’ve had with the new bridge.

02/27/2014

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