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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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    What's next for Trump following recent FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago estate

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 3:52

    The FBI raided Former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home this week looking for classified documents Trump may have taken with him when he left the White House. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Melissa Culross and Eric Thomas spoke with Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.

    Newsom promises action to expand CA water supply during drought

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 3:18

    Governor Gavin Newsom has unveiled a plan to boost the state's water supply as it deals with an ever-worsening drought crisis. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Patti Reising and Bret Burkhart spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.

    Why downtown SF is taking so long to bounce back to pre-pandemic levels

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 3:06

    Downtown San Francisco has been slow to bounce back to its pre-pandemic hustle and bustle, much more so than other big cities, like New York.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Melissa Culross and Eric Thomas spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.  

    Newsom appoints first Latinx chief justice to California Supreme Court

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 2:53

    Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced his nomination of Supreme Court Associate Justice Patricia Guerrero to serve as California's next Chief Justice who, if confirmed, will be the first Latina to serve as California's Chief Justice.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Patti Reising and Bret Burkhart are joined by KCBS Insider Phil Matier. 

    SF DA Brooke Jenkins paid over $100k by non-profit behind Chesa Boudin recall

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 3:35

    San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins has publicly disclosed her earnings,  and the records show she pocketed a six-figure salary earlier this year from an organization linked to the recall campaign of Chesa Boudin For more,  KCBS Radio news anchors Melissa Culross and Eric Thomas spoke with  KCBS Insider Phil Matier.

    First ever investigation digs into why SF is behind in building housing

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 3:12

    State officials are launching an investigation into San Francisco's housing approval process, adding they're concerned the process has become politicized. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Patti Reising and Phil Matier spoke with KCBS Radio inside Phil Matier.

    SF DA announces candidacy to keep position as the city's top prosecutor

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 3:04

    Recently-appointed San Francisco DA Brooke Jenkins just announced that she filed the necessary paperwork yesterday to run in November in order to keep her job for the remainder of her predecessor's term.  This comes about a week after now-recalled DA Chesa Boudin said he would NOT be running for his old seat. For more, KCBS Radio news anchor Melissa Culross spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier. 

    Why Gov. Newsom wants to keep California's last nuclear power plant open

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 3:21

    State officials are considering whether to allow California's last nuclear power plant to keep running longer than its planned closure in 2025. Governor Gavin Newsom, who has been pushing renewable technology, is one of those in favor of keeping Diablo Canyon running.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Bret Burkhart and Patti Reising spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.

    SF population conflicted over potential end of "Slow Streets Program"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 3:16

    Mayor London Breed has been dropping hints that the sun could possibly be setting on the city's pandemic driven "Slow Streets Program," aiming to bring the city further into a post-COVID mindset. Following an announcement that the program "needs to evolve," and a sudden restriction placed on a popular slow street in the Richmond district, many are concerned the quieter roadways could return to to their pre-COVID density.

    How Democrats are faring as mid-term elections draw closer

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 3:31

    Recent polling and forecasts show Democrats gaining ground as we head toward the midterm elections, but will all this hold true until November? For more on this, KCBS Radio's Melissa Culross and Eric Thomas spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

    San Francisco's new DA takes strong stance against fentanyl dealers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 3:03

    The new San Francisco DA, Brooke Jenkins,  is wasting no time in taking on the fentanyl issues in the city as she announced yesterday that she would pull back over 30 plea offers that she says are too lenient for those accused of selling the drug. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Melissa Culross and Eric Thomas spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.

    SF DA Brooke Jenkins revokes plea offers involving fentanyl

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 2:47

     It's time for our daily chat with KCBS Insider Phil Matier. Phil joins us on the KCBS Ring Central Newsline. San Francisco's New District Attorney, Brooke Jenkins is making her own mark on the office and is revoking plea offers in drug crimes made by her predecessor.   She's cracking down on people who are accused of selling fentanyl with a new set of policies to stop the drug epidemic.

    Why SF school board member voted to admonish herself

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 3:23

    Amid calls for her resignation, San Francisco School Board member Ann Hsu voted to admonish herself. For more, KCBS Radio's Melissa Culross and Eric Thomas spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.

    San Francisco's relationship with China and Taiwan continues to evolve

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 3:33

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in Taiwan, a rare U.S. Congressional visit that is sparking controversy. Advisors to President Biden have been cautioning the Speaker against the trip as Taiwan is a very sensitive topic when it comes to U.S.-China Relations. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Patti Reising and Bret Burkhart spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.

    SF school board member faces possible admonishment following racist comments

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 3:45

    The San Francisco school board is holding a special meeting today to decide whether to admonish board member Ann Hsu for the racist comments she recently made about Black and brown parents, Hsu is also facing calls for resignation.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchor Melissa Culross spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.  

    Governor Newsom declares state of emergency over monkeypox

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 4:28

    It's time for KCBS Radio news anchors Patti Reising and Bret Burkhart's daily chat with KCBS Insider Phil Matier. Phil joins them live in the KCBS studio.     

    Oakland mayoral candidates present a variety of options for voters

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 2:50

    Oakland City Council member Loren Taylor will be the first candidate to officially file papers to run for Oakland mayor this time around, he says he'll do that this morning.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchor Melissa Culross KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.

    Why some are calling for San Bernardino County to secede from California

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 2:35

    Citing a continual lack of resources and funds, there are calls from some in San Bernardino County to secede from the state altogether. For more, KCBS Radio news anchor Melissa Culross and Eric Thomas spoke with  KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

    BART may soon reinstate mask mandate for all passengers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 3:15

    BART is voting today on if they should bring back mask requirements for their passengers. This comes as COVID-19 cases begin to level off in the Bay Area.. For more, KCBS Radio's Melissa Culross and Eric Thomas spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.

    How Newsom can minimize arguments towards California's delta conveyance project

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 3:04

    It's time for our daily chat with KCBS Insider Phil Matier. Phil joins KCBS Radio news anchor Patti Reising and Bret Burkhart on the KCBS Ring Central Newsline. State officials are once again floating a plan to build a tunnel that would send water south from the Delta.

    Tenderloin Housing Clinic workers go on strike, demand better wages

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 3:19

    Hundreds of workers at the Tenderloin House Clinic, which is San Francisco's largest operator for single-room-occupancy homes, are going on strike today. The one-day strike is meant to highlight the need for better wages. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Melissa Culross and Eric Thomas spoke with  KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.

    How SF hopes to recoup revenue businesses lost during the pandemic

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 4:05

    Many cities are looking at innovative ways to replenish revenues their businesses lost during the height of the pandemic.  The latest idea that's getting off the ground in San Francisco: high-priced, private restaurants, They're coming to the Trans-America Pyramid next year and could have six-figure membership fees.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchor Melissa Culross spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.  

    NAACP calls for SF School Board member Ann Hsu to step down

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 6:39

    For more KCBS news Radio anchor Melissa Culross is  joined by KCBS Insider Phil Matier.  The San Francisco NAACP is the latest addition to a growing list of officials and organizations calling for the resignation of newly appointed SFUSD school board member, Ann Hsu, over racist comments she made about the academic prospects of black and brown students. Despite that,  Mayor London Breed is continuing to support the embattled school board member. 

    Gov. Newsom signs a slew of laws to tighten California gun regulations

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 3:19

    Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a set of gun safety bills into law... taking on everything from more regulations on gun sales... to increased information sharing between schools and law enforcement... For more on this, KCBS Radio news anchor Melissa Culross spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.  

    Calls for SF school board member Ann Hsu to resign over racist comments

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 2:20

    Controversy continues for the San Francisco school board, as calls come for school board member Ann Hsu to resign over racist comments. For more KCBS Radio news anchor Melissa Culross is joined by KCBS Insider Phil Matier.

    Yet another setback for San Francisco's promised subway expansion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 3:08

    San Francisco's long-delayed Central Subway is facing yet another delay. This after a fire broke out at one of the new stations last month. This project is already four years behind schedule, but there may already be additional plans in the works to build another subway. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Kris Ankarlo and Patti Reising spoke with KCBS Insider Phil Matier.

    Oakland officials advance new housing project

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 2:53

    The Oakland City Council voted to move ahead with a new housing project near the West Oakland BART Station, after a nearly year-long delay and state investigation.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Melissa Culross and Bret Burkhart spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.  

    SF Public Defender and new DA clash over potential 'war on drugs'

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 2:51

    A war of words is already brewing between San Francisco's Public Defender and the city's new D.A, with the Public Defender accusing Brooke Jenkins of trying to bring back the war on drugs.

    Viral SF shoplifter at it again, suspected in 'over a dozen' active theft investigations

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 2:44

    Last year, a video of a man scooping armfuls of goods into a trash bag in a San Francisco Walgreens went viral, and that man eventually served a prison sentence after his arrest.  Over the weekend, he was arrested again for shoplifting from a CVS. Police say up to $15,000 dollars worth of goods has been stolen, and he's made about a dozen trips to that store.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Bret Burkhart and Melissa Culross spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.

    Why BART decided to drop mask requirement as COVID-19 cases remain high

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 3:42

    While the number of COVID-19 cases in the Bay Area remains high, BART has lifted its mask requirement as of this morning. The agency was the only one in the Bay Area to go back to requiring masking. With the number of cases so high, why are they lifting the mandate now? For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Kris Ankarlo and Patti Reising spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier. 

    City of San Francisco spending over half a million dollars to find right trash can prototype

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 3:33

    San Francisco is shelling out over half a million dollars on a pilot program to find the perfect trash can to solve the city's problem of dirty streets.  For more KCBS Radio new anchors Melissa Culross and Bret Burkhart are joined on  by KCBS Insider Phil Matier.   

    President Biden's re-election approval rating drops amongst Democrats

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 3:08

    Amid a sagging approval rate, a new poll finds many Democrats are souring on the idea of President Joe Biden running for re-election in 2024.  For more KCBS Radio news anchor Melissa Culross is joined by KCBS Insider Phil Matier and Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. 

    Why solar companies are upset about possible rollback of incentive programs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 3:10

    The solar industry is rallying against plans the state is considering, that would reduce credits for people who install solar panels.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchor Margie Shafer spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier

    Tech giants start laying off hundreds of Bay Area employees

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 3:17

    Big tech companies like Meta and Tesla have already started laying off hundreds of their Bay Area employees and more job cuts are expected through August, according to company filings.  For more KCBS Radio news anchor Melissa Culross is joined by KCBS Insider Phil Matier. 

    Gov. Newsom wins education award, takes shots at Republican states

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 3:13

    Governor Gavin Newsom is in Washington DC, where earlier he received an award for the state's educational policies. Some critics haven't been happy with some of the state's policies regarding education. For more, KCBS Radio news anchor Margie Shafer spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier

    Salesforce puts more offices in San Francisco on market, as demand for in person slows down

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 2:53

    The tech giant, Salesforce, is putting more of its San Francisco office space up for lease. This comes as remote work and hiring slowdowns lessen the demand for in person offices.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchor Melissa Culross spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.

    'Ongoing tug of war' over plan to defeat San Francisco's drug markets

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 3:08

    According to a letter obtained by SFGATE, new San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins looks to be backing Mayor London Breed's proposal for overhauling the surveillance ordinance across the city with the intention of cracking down on open air drug markets. KCBS Radio Insider Phil Mater dives in.

    District Attorney for Los Angeles likely to face recall election, here's why

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 2:38

    Los Angeles DA George Gascón is likely facing a recall election similar to the recall of former DA Chesa Boudin. They both had been heavily criticized for their progressive policies, and both began their stint as DA just as the pandemic started.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Melissa Culross and Bret Burkhart spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.

    San Francisco mayor picks the city's next DA

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 3:26

    Mayor London Breed has announced her choice for San Francisco's new DA.  For more on this, KCBS Radio news anchor Melissa Culross spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

    How Chesa Boudin could once again become San Francisco District Attorney

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 3:34

    After a successful recall effort to oust San Francisco's District Attorney went through recently, Chesa Boudin says he isn't done fighting yet, saying he may run now or next year to get his spot back.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchor Melissa Culross spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.

    Representative Eric Swalwell slams Republican members of congress over NRA support

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 3:05

    Representative Eric Swalwell took to Twitter today tweeting about the NRA and agreeing that they are a "terrorist organization." Even if they shouldn't be blamed for mass shootings, Swalwell says that's down to the Republican members of Congress who "choose killers over kids." Normally KCBS radio news anchors are joined by KCBS Insider Phil Matier at this time. Today, KCBS Radio news anchors Kurt Burkhart and Megan Goldsby are joined by Political Analyst Melissa Caen. 

    Gov. Newsom fuels presidential run speculation with new TV ads

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 3:13

    Governor Newsom is running ads in Florida,  fueling speculation about a potential bid for the White House in 2024. For more, KCBS Radio's Margie Shafer spoke with KCBS Radio Insider Phil Matier.

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