McKenzie to Retire from California League of Cities
The California League of Cities announced that executive director Chris McKenzie plans to retire in October.  more »
Irvine, Calif.-based Opus Bank has launched a new public finance division to pursue business with municipal issuers along the West Coast.  more »
The Los Angeles City Council joined Los Angeles County in trying to get California Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for the problem of homelessness.  more »
Significant cost overruns on an earlier light-rail program may affect November vote on Seattle’s $54 billion transit proposal.  more »
More infrastructure spending at all levels of government would be best fix for California's congested, deficient roads, TRIP says.  more »
NATIONAL CITY, Calif. -- The National School District will ask voters in November to authorize a $30 million general obligation bond measure to finance facilities repairs and improvements.  more »
Alaska’s ratings have been affirmed and the state is no longer on S&P Global Ratings’ CreditWatch, where it had been placed on review for possible downgrade since June 9.  more »
A study commissioned by San Diego's city government raised concerns about whether a hotel tax the Chargers football team placed on the November ballot will raise enough revenue to fund a $1.8 billion stadium-convention center project.  more »
About 40,000 voters have the power to decide the fate of two 20-year bond issues totaling more than $54 million for Kalispell, Mont., Public Schools.  more »
California Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill that would require school districts to consider county assessors' property valuations in projections on property tax base growth before issuing general obligation bonds.  more »
Two California state lawmakers released a proposal they say would generate $7.4 billion annually for transportation, with $2.5 billion going directly to cities and counties.  more »
A California state appeals court ruling may open the window for governments to change the future benefits of existing employees.  more »
SAN JOSE -- The last time Santa Clara County voters approved a huge bond measure -- $840 million for hospital upgrades in 2008 -- it came with assurances that a citizens oversight committee would serve as a watchdog over spending. Those upgrades are now years behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget, while committee members said they were kept in the dark about festering problems.  more »
Moscow, Idaho, voters have a big decision to make next spring, when they will be asked to vote on a $10 million general obligation bond.  more »

Dean Fuleihan, New York City’s Director of Management and Budget, sits down with The Bond Buyer’s Senior Marker Reporter Chip Barnett to talk about the city’s fiscal 2017 budget. Fuleihan also discusses the city’s aging infrastructure and what it takes to get the right balance between maintaining the old and building the new.

While there is something wild about callable premium bonds, fortunately there may be a way to tame them.

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