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Keeley Webster

Keeley Webster is the regional editor for The Bond Buyer’s nine-state Far West Region. Keeley started at the paper in August 2011 as a reporter covering the nexus of public finance and politics in the West Coast region. She tracks debt sold by state and local issuers to pay for schools, roads, rail and bridges – and more unique financings such as funding for Los Angeles’ Oscars museum. She also writes about state legislative changes such as California’s restrictions on capital appreciation bond issuance, the fallout from the dissolution of the Golden State’s redevelopment agencies, municipal bankruptcies and pension struggles. Prior to The Bond Buyer, she wrote about commercial real estate for the award-winning California Real Estate Journal until the paper folded. She moved into business reporting in 2000, but has covered politics, cops, courts, education and environmental issues for newspapers in seven different states. She has also earned several awards for her work, including an Associated Press award for in-depth reporting.

Recent Stories From this Author

S&P Maintains Hospital Ratings Ahead of Merger
June 28, 2016 The anticipated merger of two West Coast hospital systems will not impact their AA-minus bond ratings, according to a S&P...

California Gov. Jerry Brown Got the Budget He Wanted
June 28, 2016 California Governor Jerry Brown scored a win on the budget he signed Monday in efforts to convince legislators to continue to...

Chiang Says California Primed to Weather Brexit Turmoil
June 27, 2016 California Treasurer John Chiang reassured Californians that he is monitoring the impact of Brexit on state finances.

Hawaii Governor Signs Clean Energy Agreement with Navy
June 22, 2016 Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed an agreement with the Navy to coordinate the human and financial resources of the state and the...

Idaho Housing Bonds Receive Downgrade Ahead of Sale
June 22, 2016 Idaho’s Housing & Finance Association bonds were downgraded by Moody’s Investors Service ahead plans to price $37.2 million...

SANDAG Counters Opposition to Sales Tax Ballot Measure
June 21, 2016 San Diego’s Regional Transportation Agency faces opposition from environmental groups to a tax measure for November’s ballot...

California Lawmakers Approve Budget
June 17, 2016 California lawmakers approved a $122.5 billion budget that largely followed the blueprint Gov. Jerry Brown outlined in May,...

California Finance Department Sees Revenue Gain
June 17, 2016 California revenues came in $7 million above the month’s forecast for May, the state’s Department of Finance reported.

GO Measures Fared Well in California June Election
June 17, 2016 The California election results demonstrate strong voter support for tax increases, a credit positive, according to a Moody’s...

San Bernardino Putting More Touches on Bankruptcy Exit Plan
June 16, 2016 San Bernardino is negotiating with smaller creditors after having reached tentative agreements with employee unions,...

Higher California Smoking Age Latest Blow to Tobacco Bonds
June 16, 2016 California's new, higher legal smoking age of 21 heralds more trouble for tobacco securitization debt, said analyst Richard...

California Legislators To Vote Wednesday on Budget
June 13, 2016 The California legislature will vote Wednesday on whether to approve a compromise legislative leaders reached on the state’s...

California Revenue Projections Fall Short for Second Month
June 10, 2016 California revenues fell short of estimates in Gov. Jerry Brown's 2016-17 proposed budget, according to State Controller Betty...

California Leaders Talk Tax Reform
June 10, 2016 California's controller, governor and some senators are calling for tax reform that would help eliminate the volatility...

Homelessness Crisis Spurs Local Income Tax Drive in Los Angeles
June 9, 2016 Leaders in California's largest cities are contemplating bond measures and tax increases to tackle worsening homelessness...

UCLA Anderson Forecast Revises California, National Expectations Downward
June 8, 2016 The UCLA Anderson Forecast revised its expectations for both California and the national economy downward.

LA Port Officials Approve $1.17B Budget
June 6, 2016 The Port of Los Angeles board of commissioners approved a $1.17 billion budget Friday that includes no immediate plans for...

Lockyer Hired to Guide Industry, Calif. Through Reforms
June 2, 2016 Former California Treasurer Bill Lockyer has been hired to help Industry, Calif. come up with a plan to deal with accounting...

No PAB Left Behind in California Affordable Housing Push
June 2, 2016 With housing costs soaring as demand exceeds supply, California Treasurer John Chiang is trying to put billions of dollars in...

Fitch Boosts Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
May 31, 2016 The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony in Nevada received a Fitch Ratings upgrade bringing its long-term issuer default rating into...


Carl Weisbrod, Director of the New York City Department of City Planning, joins Bond Buyer Senior Markets Reporter Chip Barnett to talk about the surge in NYC’s population and corresponding employment growth and why economic growth is dependent upon affordable housing for workers.

As we await the final shoe to drop with regard to the SEC's MCDC initiative, the municipal market may be at a turning point in terms of disclosure.

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