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Breaking news and analysis from around the Bay Area, the state capitol and beyond. Listen to KCBS Radio and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier’s reports LIVE on KCBS All News 740 AM and 106.9 FM Mondays through Fridays at 7:50 AM and 5:50 PM or listen to the podcasts ANYTIME posted here daily.

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    Phil Matier: Retailers taking precautions to avoid large scale theft

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 3:49

    As KCBS has been updating you about, Bay Area retailers have been hit with a flurry of large scale theft in incidents that seem to be getting bolder. After closing because of an armed robbery, the fancy tech store B8ta recently reopened with a lot more bells and whistles in place, including expensive bullet proof vest-protected private security, coming out to about $30,000 dollars a month.  For more on this, KCBS News Anchor Megan Goldsby spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier & Willie Brown:President Biden's approval rating amidst Inflation worries

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 3:52

    Inflation worries are on the minds of many Americans and a new poll shows that those fears are translating into a low approval rating for President Biden. For more, KCBS Radio's Matt Bigler spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Melissa Caen: The possibility of paying back unemployment benefits

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 4:11

    California's Employment Development Department is warning that some are at risk of needing to pay back some unemployment benefits they got during the pandemic.  To discuss,KCBS News Anchor Eric Thomas spoke with political analyst Melissa Caen, in today for Phil Matier .  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Could the string of retail robberies get worse before it gets better?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 3:39

    A massive string of organized retail robberies this past weekend has rocked the Bay Area and left many wondering how much worse its going to get. For more,KCBS News Anchor Jennifer Hodges spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin in hot water over charges against Union Square theft suspects

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 3:08

    San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was forced to move a press conference announcing charges against the Union Square smash-and-grab suspects indoors thanks to protesters. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Recent thefts are highlighting police constraints

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 2:44

    These outrageous smash and grab robberies are bringing to light some restrictions on how cops can track the bad guys. For more.. KCBS Radio anchors Holly Quan and Dan Mitchinson spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Gov. Newsom weighs in on Bay Area smash and grab robberies

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 3:00

    Governor Gavin Newsom is weighing in on this weekend's string of smash and grab robberies across the Bay Area. For more, KCBS News Anchors Patti Reising and Kris Ankarlo spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier.  Listen to Phil Matier live Monday through Friday at 7:50am and 5:50pm on KCBS Radio See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Lootings hit major stores across the Bay Area through the weekend

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 6:09

    It started Friday night with a wild thrashing of Union Square, the Louis Vuitton store cleaned out, other high end stores hit, then Saturday night it was the Nordstrom at Broadway plaza in Walnut Creek, then last night a jewelry kiosk at the Southland mall and the Lululemon at Santana Row. What's the police response?  For more, KCBS News Anchors Dan Mitchinson and Holly Quan spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Could it be too little too late to keep the A's in Oakland?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 3:44

    Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says the city is due to receive $14 million in infrastructure funding that  will help pay for improvements near the proposed waterfront stadium for the A's. The team, however, is a bit less optimistic.  For more, KCBS News Anchor Patti Reising spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Biden's spending bill passes despite Kevin McCarthy's filibuster

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 3:18


    The US House of Representatives passed Biden's Build Back Better social spending bill this morning after a long night's filibuster by Kevin McCarthy, which delayed the vote that was supposed to happen yesterday. For more, Holly Quan and Matt Bigler spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. Phil Matier will be back again with Patti Reising at 5:50pm this evening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Phil Matier: London Breed has an update on SF's Vision Zero plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 3:17

    San Francisco Mayor London Breed is out with an update to the City's Vision Zero program, which is seeking to eliminate all traffic deaths on City streets. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Jeff Bell and Patti Reising spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: San Francisco woman faces felony grand theft charges for stealing $40,000 in goods

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 3:00

    In San Francisco, a woman stole $40,000 dollars worth of items like laundry detergent and has been charged with eight felony counts of grand theft, and 120 misdemeanors. District Attorney Chesa Boudin says he's committed to dismantling the networks that make this kind of crime profitable. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Holly Quan and Eric Thomas spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: California's massive budget surplus

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 2:52

    The state's independent Legislative Analyst's Office is painting a rosy picture of California's finances. Officials say the state is expected to have a $31 BILLION budget surplus next year. For more, KCBS News Anchors Patti Reising and Jeff Bell spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: The Oakland City Council picks a new developer for the Coliseum site

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 2:59

    The Oakland City Council has selected a developer for the Coliseum site, a developer group that includes an East Oakland native and a former city manager. For more, KCBS Radio's news anchors Holly Quan and Eric Thomas spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: SF Mayor London Breed proposes drug use harm reduction site

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 2:24

    San Francisco Mayor London Breed wants the city to open a site where drug users can safely take their drugs. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Patti Reising and Jeff Bell spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: After decades of being in the political eye, U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier will not run in 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 3:04

    The U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier has announced today that she will not be running for re-election in 2022. For more, KCBS Radio's news anchors Dan Mitchinson and Holly Quan spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: San Francisco's vaccine mandate has made some Muni routes less reliable

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 2:48

    Service on some Muni routes has become less reliable in the last several months and San Francisco's vaccine mandate may be to blame. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Holly Quan and Matt Bigler spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Melissa Caen: Four candidates launch election campaigns to fill David Chiu's former seat in CA State Assembly

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 2:49

    Election Day is officially set in the race to take the assembly seat vacated by David Chiu, who resigned late last month to become San Francisco City Attorney.  For more on the four candidates who have announced their intentions to run, KCBS News anchors Jeff Bell and Patti Reising spoke with attorney and political analyst Melissa Caen, filling in for Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier and Mayor Willie Brown: How much money was spent on the Getty wedding?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 3:34

    The massively expensive Getty wedding over the weekend made headlines, not just for Governor Newsom's attendance after spending over a week outside of the public eye, but for how lavish the ceremony was.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Dan Mitchinson and Holly Quan spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier and Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Proponents of California's high-speed rail project disappointed by Biden's infrastructure budget

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 2:55

    President Joe Biden's infrastructure bill and his yet-to-be-finalized Build Back Better bill both contain funding for California's high-speed rail project, but it's far less than supporters of the project had hoped.  For more, KCBS news anchors Jeff Bell and Patti Reising spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: With rising gas and housing prices in the Bay Area, many residents plan on leaving

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 3:15

    A new poll shows that over half of bay area residents plan to leave, and it's because of how expensive housing is.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Dan Mitchinson and Holly Quan spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Multiple San Francisco officials under threat of recall

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 2:50

    It's the time of the SF recall. DA Chesa Boudin is set to stand a recall election in the middle of next year and London Breed voiced her her support for the recall of three San Francisco School Board members.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Holly Quan and Matt Bigler spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Gov. Newsom returns to the public eye

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 2:57

    Governor Gavin Newsom made his first public appearance in almost two week today, saying his decision to skip a trip to the climate summit in Glasgow was made with his children in mind. For more, KCBS News Anchors Patti Reising and Jeff Bell spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: More than half of Bay Area residents plan on moving elsewhere due to expensive housing

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 2:52

    A new poll shows that over half of Bay Area residents plan to leave, and it's because of how expensive housing is.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Dan Mitchinson and Holly Quan spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Gov.Gavin Newsom missing from public eye recently

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 2:53

    Governor Gavin Newsom has been called many things, but camera shy isn't one of them. That has some people wondering what he's been up to for the past couple of weeks. The Governor was last seen in public getting his COVID booster shot in Alameda on October 27th.  For more, KCBS News Anchors Patti Reising and Jeff Bell spoke with KCBS Radios Insider Phil Matier See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Bay Area to receive around 250 million dollars each year from the trillion dollar infrastructure bill

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 2:38

    Congress passed the trillion dollar infrastructure bill, setting the Bay Area up to receive about 250 million dollars per year to fund things like fixing potholes and replacing old buses. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Dan Mitchinson and Holly Quan spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Daylight Saving Time has arrived once again

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 3:14

    It's that time of year where we gain an extra hour of sleep over the weekend. Our clocks fall back one hour at 2 a.m. this Sunday morning.  Here in California, we'll be resetting our clocks, even though voters passed a proposition three years ago to start the process of getting rid of Daylight Saving Time. For more KCBS Radio news anchors Patti Reising and Jeff Bell spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier on what happened. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier and Willie Brown: Republican Party wins in Virginia

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 4:03

    Black and Latino voters often pick the Democratic candidate,  but in Virginia this week, two Republicans of color won big seats, that of Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General.  For more, KCBS News Anchors Dan Michtinson and Holly Quan spoke with Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and KCBS Insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Sports betting in California in the hands of the voters

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 2:51

    Voters may have a tough time deciding the fate of sports betting in the state next year. This is because one measure has already qualified for the ballot, but three others are still in the works. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Patti Reising and Jeff Bell spoke to KCBS insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Now that ages 5 to 11 can be vaccinated, they will also have to show proof of innoculation

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 2:49

    Anyone over the age of 12 is already required to show proof of vaccination for most public spaces in San Francisco, and they'll soon be adding those 5-11 to the list. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Dan Mitchinson and Holly Quan spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan killed in auto accident

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 2:45

    Some sad news out of the East Bay today, where long-time Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan was struck and killed by a driver today.  For more on the tragedy, KCBS News Anchors Jeff Bell and Patti Reising spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: The Oakland City Council will now allow housing on wheels on private property

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 3:06

    The Oakland City Council passed a set of laws yesterday that will allow housing on wheels on private property, like tiny homes or RVs. The policies are geared towards helping combat homelessness in the city.  For more, KCBS Radio's Holly Quan and Eric Thomas spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: San Francisco and state in limbo over scrapped housing development

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 3:05

    Governor Gavin Newsom's administration is looking into a recent decision by San Francisco's Board of Supervisors, scrapping plans for an apartment building in the South of Market. The Supervisors have all said more housing needs to be built, but said no to this plan. What was behind their decision? For more KCBS News Anchors Patti Reising and Jeff Bell spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: San Francisco aims to make the city a friendly place amid robberies

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 2:34

    Crime has been hitting businesses in San Francisco hard and many are changing their hours. Now, the city is announcing community ambassadors to make the city a more friendly place.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Dan Mitchinson and Holly Quan spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: San Francisco's Market Street Safeway will change its operating hours

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 2:24

    Another big retail store in San Francisco is making changes due to rampant shoplifting. The Market Street Safeway in the Castro is changing operating hours for the foreseeable future, and moved all its shopping carts inside after over 150 of them were stolen. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Jeff Bell and Holly Quan spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Governor Newsom pulls out from attending the UN Climate Summit in person

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 3:22

    Governor Newsom has pulled out of the UN Climate Summit taking place in Scotland on Sunday. This is after he spent much of this week touting his visit, but he will be attending the summit virtually. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Patti Reising and Jeff Bell spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier and Willie Brown: Biden betting on Dem support to pass his spending plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 3:55

    President Biden unveiled his spending plan yesterday, and is now betting on democrats to support it and push it through..   For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Holly Quan and Dan Mitchinson spoke to KCBS Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: San Francisco extends program providing hotel rooms to the homeless

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 3:18

    City officials in San Francisco are extending a program that provides hotel room to the homeless until next September. It was set to end before the end of the year with the goal of getting people off the streets until they could be moved into more permanent housing.  For more, KCBS News Anchors Patti Reising and Jeff Bell spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Did "vax-for-the-win" end up losing?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 2:41

    Did those vax-for-the-win efforts work? New Bay Area research shows they didn't,  and they might have even backfired. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Holly Quan and Dan Mitchinson spoke to KCBS Insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: What happens when essential workers say no?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 3:05

    A recent court filing shows that state officials are concerned that a large number of prison guards could end up quitting, rather than get a vaccine. Governor Gavin Newsom and the Department of Corrections are appealing a recent ruling, mandating the vaccine for all prison employees. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Patti Reising and Jeff Bell spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: One step closer to a new stadium for the A's in Oakland

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 3:37

    The A's new stadium in Oakland inched a little bit closer to certainty last night. although Alameda County Supervisors were NOT unanimous in their declaration of intent to join in on the project.  For more, KCBS News Anchors Holly Quan and Eric Thomas spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: The double-edged sword on the issue surrounding San Francisco parklets

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 2:59

    Many San Franciscans have come to embrace the parklets that have sprung up outside restaurants since the start of the pandemic. But, another Covid-19-related program created to help those restaurants is drawing criticism. It's the city's, 'Just Add Music' permits, which let businesses add outdoor music. For more on this issue, KCBS Radio news anchor Jeff Bell and Patti Reising spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: Alameda County officials meet to discuss the future of the Oakland A's

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 3:17

    Trying to keep the A's in Oakland is getting complicated. Today, Alameda county board of supervisors holds a key vote.  For more,KCBS News Anchors Holly Quan and Dan Mitchinson spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier... See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Melissa Caen: Many state workers still not on board with vaccine mandates

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 2:11

    A new report shows that a good number of state workers are not complying with Governor Gavin Newsom's mandate that they get vaccinated. And the Los Angeles Times says most workplaces are not even testing those workers. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Jeff Bell and Patti Reising spoke with Politcal Analyst Melissa Caen, filling in for Phil Matier. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Melissa Caen: Should State Democrats ban companies that rely on fossil fuels from campaign donations?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 2:40

    State Democrats are set to vote this weekend on whether they should ban campaign donations from law enforcement and investor-owned utilities, like PG&E, that rely on fossil fuel. For more, KCBS Radio news anchor Jeff Bell spoke with KCBS Radio Political Analyst Melissa Caen.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier and Willie Brown: California vaccine mandates inconsistent across different jurisdictions

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 2:24

    Vaccine mandates in California are created and enforced by various jurisdictions, and they aren't very consistent. For more KCBS Radio news anchors Holly Quan and Dan Mitchinson spoke to KCBS Insider Phil Matier and Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Melissa Caen: Controversial congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene declines disclosure of vaccine status

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 2:07

    The San Francisco republican party is hosting controversial congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, but not in San Francisco. Because the representative declines to disclose her vaccine status, the event will happen in San Mateo, with the exact location to be announced.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Patti Reising and Jeff Bell spoke with KCBS Radio Political Analyst Melissa Caen. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Melissa Caen: California's unemployment department still scrambling with huge backlog

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 1:26

    Getting Unemployment in California is a difficult process, and it could include waiting up to 6 months for a phone appointment if you need one, and the program is still dealing with issues with fraud. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Holly Quan and Dan Mitchinson spoke to Lawyer and Political Analyst Melissa Caen. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Melissa Caen: Looking at the effects of vaccination orders on police departments

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 2:07

    The California Highway Patrol is not ordering its officers to get vaccinated -- and another West Coast state that did require vaccines for its state patrol officers saw nearly 130 people quit.   For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Holly Quan and Eric Thomas spoke with lawyer and political analyst Melissa Caen. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: San Francisco reward program to curb car break-ins

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 2:49

    San Francisco is introducing a new way to fight the rash in car break-ins: rewards. The City will give away up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects.  A lot of these break-ins are done in broad daylight and the suspects don't appear too concerned about being spotted. Will rewards actually lead to more arrests? For more, KCBS News Anchors Patti Reising and Jeff Bell spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Phil Matier: San Francisco Board of Supervisors set to vote on selling permits

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 2:57

    How much would you guess the air over San Francisco City Hall is worth? The answer is a lot, as the Board of Supervisors are set to vote on selling permits to develop it. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Dan Mitchinson and Holly Quan spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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