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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

California January Revenue Numbers Make Up for December Dip
February 17, 2017 California revenues for January beat projections in the governor’s proposed 2017-18 budget by $747 million, but year-to-date...

Fourth Quarter Spurred Volume in the Far West
February 16, 2017 Far West issuers sold $90.7 billion of municipal bonds in 2016, a 8.5% increase over the prior year.

Loma Linda University Downgraded Ahead of Bond Sale
February 14, 2017 Loma Linda University was downgraded to Baa1 by Moody’s Investors Service ahead of plans to price $179 million in revenues...

California Revenues Beat Projections in January
February 13, 2017 California revenues for January beat projections in the governor's proposed 2017-18 budget by $844.4 million, but year-to-date...

L.A. Controller Wants Lawmakers to Mind the Budget Gap
February 10, 2017 Spending grew faster than revenues in Los Angeles in fiscal 2016 prompting the city controller to warn city leaders to be...

A California City's Long Struggle to Shake Corrupt Image
February 9, 2017 Industry, Calif.’s leaders say they have implemented 90% of the reforms needed to fix financial irregularities that cost the...

California School Downgrades Outpaced Upgrades Under New Fitch Criteria
February 8, 2017 Downgrades have outpaced upgrades for California school districts that saw ratings changes under Fitch Ratings' revised...

Enrollment Growth Drives $1.2 Billion Cal State Deal
February 3, 2017 The Trustees of California State University will price $1.2 billion in revenue bonds next week for projects as it the system...

California Teachers Pension Fund Lowers Investment Target
February 2, 2017 The California State Teachers Retirement System became the latest public pension fund to lower its investment earnings forecast.

Sale of Terminal Operator Stake Benefits Long Beach Port
January 31, 2017 The sale of bankrupt Hanjin Shipping’s majority stake in a terminal operator that represented 30% of Port of Long Beach’s...

San Bernardino's Long Bankruptcy Draws to a Close
January 30, 2017 Nearly four and a half years later, San Bernardino has received final approval on its plan to exit bankruptcy.

California Retiree Healthcare Liability Up to $76.7 Billion
January 26, 2017 California's cost for retiree health and dental benefits has grown to $76.68 billion, according to a report from State...

California Rain Doesn't Dampen Enthusiasm for Drought Projects
January 26, 2017 Drought-inspired water and wastewater projects in California are moving forward despite record rainfall this year.

California Law Firm Jones Hall Adds Two Partners
January 25, 2017 Two new partners at Jones Hall, a California public finance law firm, want to grow the firm’s water/wastewater and...

Chiang Zings Trump during Green Bond Report Unveiling
January 23, 2017 California John Chiang took aim at Trump Administration climate policies as he revealed the results of a five-city listening...

Valencia, Calif. Hospital Pricing $110 Million as Standalone Credit
January 20, 2017 The California Public Finance Authority will price $110 million in revenue bonds next week for Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in...

Montana Legislators Eyeing Coal Tax Trust Fund for Infrastructure Projects
January 19, 2017 A Montana legislator has introduced a bill that would divert some interest earned from the Coal Tax Trust Fund into an...

Why Brown's California Budget Supports State's Credit Quality
January 18, 2017 California Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year supports the state's credit quality as it recognizes...

Orrick Names Three Public Finance Lawyers to Partner
January 18, 2017 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has promoted three public finance attorneys on the West Coast to partner.

Los Angeles Mayor Names Close Advisor As Interim City Budget Chief
January 17, 2017 Los Angeles mayor’s legal counsel to work as interim in city’s lead budget position until a permanent replacement can be found...


What does the muni market have in store for us in 2017 after a record breaking year issuance-wise in 2016? Kevin Dunphy, managing director and head of public finance for Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, talks about the overall outlook for the muni market, what he sees for issuance in 2017, and addresses shrinking underwriter spreads and what, if anything, can be done to increase those margins. Hosted by Aaron Weitzman.

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