Phil Matier: Techie Tales Of The CityMany people blame young techies for driving up the cost of housing in San Francisco and other places in the Bay Area.
Phil Matier: Sen. Ron Calderon And 'The Wire' In SacramentoState Sen. Ron Calderon is striking back at the FBI claiming, in a file to the federal government, that the bureau purposely leaked the affidavit that he took $88,000 in bribes because he refused to take part in a federal sting operation targeting President Pro Tem Derrell Steinberg and Sen. Kevin de León.
Phil Matier: California’s Transgender Rights For Kids Under Fire A conservative coalition is seeking to overturn a recently passed law that gives transgendered students certain rights in the state. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the law, that lets transgender students use either the boys or girls restroom and lets them play on whichever sports team they feel most comfortable on, in September.
Phil Matier: BART Tragedy A Catalyst To New Labor Negotiations The tragic accident that claimed the lives of two men on BART train tracks on Saturday has brought a somber air to the transit labor negotiations.
Phil Matier: Ellison Put A Lot On The Line For America's CupI can’t say I’m the biggest fan of Larry Ellison and Oracle, but they’re the ones who put a lot on the line. Ellison brought it to the city and it was even timed to line up with his annual Oracle World Conference. It could have been a really embarrassing loss for him, but things worked out.
Phil Matier: Oakland's Understaffed Police DepartmentIt seems clear the department's understaffing is having some serious repercussions.
Phil Matier: Another High Rise Proposed On San Francisco's WaterfrontAnother political battle could heat up at San Francisco City Hall stemming from a new residential high rise proposal on the waterfront.
Phil Matier: Cycling Advocates Push For Bay Bridge Bike Path ExtensionBicycling 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.
Phil Matier: Bicyclist's Unique Plea Deal In Deadly SF Castro CrashUnder 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.
Phil Matier: Why BART Is Relying On State Mediators Instead Of Local PoliticiansThe 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.
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.