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Tuesday, August 22nd
Phil Matier: Auditors at the University of California
Auditors are going after the University of California in regards on how the institution is handling their contract workers. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains more.
Phil Matier: 49ers Owe Less Than Originally Thought To The City Of Santa Clara
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the audit of the expenses the 49ers need to pay the City of Santa Clara.
Monday, August 21st
Jusge Aaron Persky
The group behind the effort to recall Judge Aaron Persky is getting some backing from the state's attorney general. Persky was targeted after sentencing a former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted a woman on campus to only 6 months in jail. KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier gives us more.
Phil Matier: How Law Enforcement Rides BART for Free
A program meant to help beef up security on BART has expanded far beyond its intended purpose. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says it’s because no one was enforcing the rules.
Friday, August 18th
KCBS Phil Matier: Senator Kamala Harris
California's junior Senator Kamala Harris has said she's focused on representing the people in the Golden State, despite plenty of rumors about her future political aspirations. Despite that, questions are already being raised by some in the Democratic Party about her record as State Attorney General.KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Senator Harris made a great entrance into Washington D.C.
Phil Matier: President Trump’s Defense of Confederate Monuments Reveals an Incompetent Leader
President Trump is responding to questions about his competence and moral leadership by defending Confederate monuments and lashing out at his critics. KCBS, K-PIX, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier joins former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown to discuss what the President’s latest tweets say about his moral stamina.
Thursday, August 17th
Phil Matier: Muni Riders Are Frusturated By Construction Work
Construction projects are everywhere in SF and it’s affecting MUNI riders. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says it’s because of the shortage of MUNI workers.
Phil Matier: Bay Area’s Fight Over Controversial Statues And Monuments
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes the controversial statues and monuments in the Bay Area and how they differ from their Southern counterparts.
Wednesday, August 16th
KCBS Phil Matier : Bart
Bart may be changing its start time from 4 to 5 in the morning before the end of the year. This as it works to modernize the system. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says it's going to be quite a challenge for Bart as they figure out the logistics.
Phil Matier: Privatizing The Judicial System
Retailers that have been extorting shoplifters with the help of the Correctional Education Company can no longer do that because of a recent SF court ruling. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains there are arguments on how shoplifting and other crimes should be handled.
Tuesday, August 15th
Phil Matier: Right-Wing Rally Planned
Politicians such as San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Senator Diane Feinstein, and Congresswoman Nanci Pelosi are speaking out against a right-wing rally planned for next week in San Francisco. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why.
Phil Matier: People Misidentified As White-Supremacy Marchers Subject To Death Threats
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes how some people are misidentified as white-supremacy marchers and the fallout for those who were properly identified as participants.
Monday, August 14th
KCBS Phil Matier: Governor Brown's Behested Payments
KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says behested payments are what mayors do to fund their various projects, and it's not illegal.
Phil Matier: Clashes Between Protestors Present New Challenge for Police
Police in Charlottesville, Virginia were criticized for allowing white nationalist demonstrators and counter-protestors to clash, often violently, during a rally over the weekend. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says something has to change.
Friday, August 11th
KCBS Phil Matier: BART
BART is cracking down on riders who try to get around without paying their fare.KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says you have four options in BART if you want to get in for free.
Phil Matier: Why President Trump's Threats to North Korea Aren't Exactly New
During a pair of televised media events, President Donald Trump doubled down on threats to North Korea as nuclear tensions continue to boil between the two countries. KCBS, K-PIX and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier joins former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown to explain the history and reasoning this volitile relationship.
Thursday, August 10th
Phil Matier: No Plans To Create Parking Spaces In North Concord BART
The agenda for BART’s Board of Directors meeting did not include building more parking spaces at the North Concord-Martinez station. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says problems are just extending further out as BART plans to build more stations.
Phil Matier: Rising Tensions With North Korea Invokes Past Memories Of Nuclear War Threats
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes memories of dealing with nuclear war threats in schools and explains the effectiveness of dealing with possible nuclear attacks now.
Wednesday, August 9th
KCBS Phil Matier: Pre-Trial Diversion Program
KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says we've always had pre-trial diversion, but a program that uses algorithims to determine if a person should be released prior to trial or not, is causing controversary.
Phil Matier: Presidio Terrace Land Snatch
The residents of Presidio Terrace are furious about the auction and sale of their land through unpaid property taxes. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says there is not much they can do.
Tuesday, August 8th
Phil Matier: East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell
Congressman Eric Swalwell has been gaining a lot of recognition in recent appearances. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the Congressman’s recent activity.
Phil Matier: Oakland A’s May Build A Stadium Near Laney College
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the pros and cons of building the new Oakland A’s Stadium next to Laney College.
Monday, August 7th
A proposal in Sacramento aims to get more green cars on California roadways. details with KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier.
Phil Matier: Purchasing Private Streets
One San Francisco family has a brand new purchase of a street in the Presidio neighborhood. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Inside Phil Matier explains
why the purchases are occuring.
Friday, August 4th
KCBS Phil Matier: Sanctuary City Policies
KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why it will be hard to select an unbiased jury in San Francisco, in the high-profile case against Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez.
Phil Matier: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Issues Grand Jury Subpoenas
President Trump has grown increasingly angry over the investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller has now issued grand jury subpoenas related to Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower. KCBS, Chronicle, and KPIX Insider Phil Matier joins San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown explain what that means for the Trump Administration.
Thursday, August 3rd
Phil Matier: Sanctuary Cities Continue To Be Threatened
Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to cut back funding on four sanctuary cities and San Francisco is not included. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says it’s not really clear why these cities are being cut.
Phil Matier: How Much Have We Learned In The 1991 Oakland Hills Fire With Current Fires In The City?
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes the changes with dealing with fires in Oakland.
Wednesday, August 2nd
KCBS Phil Matier; Wrap Around Advertising
KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains what type of ads will be used for the new advertising on BART trains, in an effort to make the Transit Agency more money.
Phil Matier: Asian-Americans On Affirmative Action
As the Trump Administration works on suing colleges for Affirmative Action for race based discrimination, some members of the Asian-American community feel they are also being discriminated against. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says overall there is a pull from all communities on how colleges are admitting students.
Tuesday, August 1st
Phil Matier: President Trump’s Proposal Could Increase Health Insurance Rates in California
President Donald Trump has threatened to cut federal payments to insurance companies in an attempt to derail Obamacare. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier takes a look at the potential impact in California.
Phil Matier: Should Cable Cars Go Cashless And How Much Of The Fares Are We Collecting?
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the logistics behind collecting payment for cable cars in San Francisco.
Monday, July 31st
Phil Matier: San Francisco’s Sinking Millennium Tower Gets a Reprieve
A new report has found that the Millennium Tower in downtown San Francisco could withstand an earthquake with an 8.0 magnitude. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says it’s finally a piece of good news in the ongoing saga of the sinking tower.
Thursday, July 27th
Phil Matier: New White House Communications Director Appears To Blame Chief Of Staff For Leaks
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown explain the history behind journalists and politicians getting scoops and leaks.
Wednesday, July 26th
Phil Matier: Vandals Targeting Members of SF Planning Commission
KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why the Commission's vote to allow Planned Parenthood to open a new, and bigger location has sparked protests from pro-life supporters.
Phil Matier: SF Marathon Rules
The Golden Gate Bridge might not be part of the SF Marathon route next year. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains.
Tuesday, July 25th
Phil Matier: A Sneak Preview Of BART’s New Electric Cars
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes the test run for BART’s new electric train cars.
Monday, July 24th
Phil Matier: Caltrain's Electric Trains
Officials are planning to finally start running electric trains through Caltrain. KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the new system will cost a lot less to operate.
Phil Matier: Warriors Fans to Face Heavy Traffic in San Francisco Thanks to Construction Delays
The opening of two highly anticipated San Francisco projects will not overlap as planned. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says in a unsurprising twist, the opening of San Francisco’s Central Subway rail project has been delayed, and will not be open in time for the debut of the Chase Center.
Friday, July 21st
Phil Matier: Why Trump and O.J are Masters of Turning Bleak Reality into an Addictive Soap Opera
It’s been a generation since O.J Simpson captured the nation’s attention when he was tried – and acquitted - for a double murder. Last week, a Nevada parole board voted to let him free for an unrelated conviction involving an armed robbery of a sports memorabilia dealer. KCBS, KPIX, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier joins Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown to talk about how the public’s obsession with Simpson is not so different than the ongoing Trump saga.
Thursday, July 20th
Phil Matier: The Cap And Trade Vote
State Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez resigned from her leadership role as the assistant Republican leader because she disagreed with a vote that extends California’s cap and trade program. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why she stepped down.
Phil Matier: The Warriors Announce A Seat Licensing Program For The New Arena
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes the logistics behind the financing of the seat licensing program for the Warriors’ new arena.
Wednesday, July 19th
Phil Matier: Office of Cannabis in SF
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says its the birting of a bureaucracy when it comes to cannibis.
Phil Matier: BART Trains Are Not Updated
The 1970’s video cassette Betamax is still being used in some BART train security cameras. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says BART is behind when it comes to keeping up with technology, parking lots, and security.
Tuesday, July 18th
Phil Matier: A Sinking Millennium Tower
The high rise Millennium Tower in San Francisco is continuing to sink. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains a possible fix for the sinking and who might pay for it.
Phil Matier: How Close Was The California Cap And Trade Vote?
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how the state legislature extended the California Cap and Trade system.
Monday, July 17th
Phil Matier: Cap and Trade
Cap and Trade is up for renewal in California. What is Cap and Trade exactly, and what are the stakes? KCBS, Chronicle, and KCBS Insider Phil Matier explains it all.
Phil Matier: Cannabis Industry In The Bay Area
The early reviews are pretty good for Oakland's efforts to level the cannabis industry playing field for its residents. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how this could affect the east bay.
Friday, June 30th
Phil Matier: The Trump Tweet Storm Keeps Spiraling
To some observers, the President's latest tweet storm just showed his ability to play the news media like a fiddle. KCBS, Chronicle, and KCBS Insider Phil Matier joins former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown for more.
Thursday, June 29th
Phil Matier: The House Reconsiders the War Authorization Law
A mostly Republican House just passed a proposal that will challenge the current war authorization that gives the president power to lead the military in order to stop terrorism. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why the House approved this proposal.
Phil Matier: California Telecom Companies Will Install 50,000 New Cell Phone Towers Throughout The State
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the logistics on installing 50,000 new cell phone towers in California.
Wednesday, June 28th
Phil Matier: SF Mayor vs. City by the Bay
A September 11th trial date has been set in a case which will pit Lt. Governor and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom against the City by the Bay. KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains that the case is a mixture of politics, policy, personality and payback.
Phil Matier: Google Buses Take Over the Bay Area
A recent poll shows about 80 percent of people think Google Buses are good for the roads. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the buses are just beginning to spread.
Tuesday, June 27th
Phil Matier: California Bill Would Limit Local Control Over Cell Phone Tower Installations
A proposed law would limit the ability of cities and counties to regulate the installation of telecommunications equipment in California. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says it faces mounting opposition from local governments.
Phil Matier: Why The California Single Payer Healthcare Plan Failed
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains who are the supporters and opposition to a California single payer healthcare plan and why the plan stalled in the state legislature.
Friday, June 23rd
Phil Matier: California Health Insurance
All eyes are on Washington and the fate of the health care bill, but here in California the State Senate passed a groundbreaking call for single payer health insurance weeks ago. KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says officials are trying to figure out how they're going to work the healthcare bill, and we may not hear more about it for a while.
Phil Matier: Why the Healthcare Overhaul Bill Would Devastate California
If the Senate bill to overhaul healthcare gets signed into law it could lead to millions of Californians losing their insurance. KCBS, KPIX, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier takes a closer look on the impact the healthcare bill might have on the state.
Thursday, June 22nd
Phil Matier: BART Now Has Sanctuary Status
BART’s directors just approved a status that looks like it follows the rules for sanctuary cites. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the transit system is avoiding the word “sanctuary” to prevent cuts to federal funds.
Phil Matier: Marin County Wants A Provision Exempting It From The State’s Affordable Housing Laws.
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes how a provision in the state budget bill could allow Marin County to limit the growth of affordable housing in the county.
Wednesday, June 21st
Phil Matier: New Report Criticizes Oakland PD
A new report is highly critical of how Oakland's police department and city officials handled an investigation into officers who had sex with a teenage prostitute. KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says a federal judge is not very happy with Oakland.