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

Las Vegas Airport Gets Rating Boost Ahead of Deal
March 17, 2017 McCarran Airport in Las Vegas received a one-notch upgrade on its revenue bonds ahead of plans to price $187.9 million.

California Pension Changes Exchange Short-Term Pain for Brighter Future: S&P
March 16, 2017 Lowered discount rates from California’s two largest pension funds mean short-term pain for cities and the state, but a...

Sanctuary Fight Viewed as Having Limited Fiscal Impact on Cities
March 16, 2017 California’s “sanctuary city” fight with the Trump administration is not likely to have huge financial implications for its...

California Treasurer Crafting a Housing Bond Measure
March 15, 2017 California Treasurer John Chiang has opened an independent ballot measure committee for the 2018 statewide election for an...

California Revenues Miss Projections
March 10, 2017 California revenues for February missed projections in the governor’s budget by 10.6%.

How Trump Policies Could Harm An Otherwise Strong California Economy
March 9, 2017 The UCLA Anderson Forecast could revise its forecast for California downward if immigration and trade policies floated by U.S....

Oppenheimer Acquires Seattle-Based SNW Asset Management
March 8, 2017 OppenheimerFunds will acquire Seattle fund manager SNW Asset Management to expand its high-quality municipal bond offerings.

California and Texas See Most S&P Upgrades
March 7, 2017 Issuers in California and Texas accounted for more than one-third of S&P Global’s public finance ratings upgrades last year.

Three-Notch Downgrade for Schools Serving Las Vegas
March 7, 2017 Fitch Ratings downgraded Clark County School District, Nev. by three notches to BBB-plus saying spending will outpace revenues.

California High-Speed Rail Authority Gets Some Bond Clearance
March 6, 2017 California’s High Speed Rail Authority can sell bonds for the Central Valley segment, said the director of California’s...

California's $2.4 Billion GO Sale Will be Largest Yet in 2017
March 3, 2017 Strong demand is expected to greet the largest municipal bond deal of the year so far, a $2.4 billion California general...

A Drive for More PACE Oversight in California
March 2, 2017 California efforts to embed more consumer protections into PACE loans are advancing on two tracks.

California State Senator Wants A.G. to Review Hospital Closures
February 28, 2017 California Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, has introduced legislation to make it more difficult for healthcare companies to...

San Diego Upgraded by Fitch Ratings
February 24, 2017 Fitch Ratings boosted San Diego ratings one notch as the city enters budget process.

California Bills Seek Lower Voter Threshold on Bond Measures
February 23, 2017 Two California Lawmakers want to lower the required voter threshold to pass many local bond measures from a two-thirds...

NAFTA Repeal Could Rattle West Coast Economy
February 23, 2017 Threats to the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the cross-border commerce it facilitates could...

Brown's California Transportation Proposal Criticized
February 22, 2017 California Gov. Jerry Brown’s transportation funding proposal is too complex and does not include enough money to tackle the...

Hawaii Gas Tax, Registration Hike Bill Moves Forward
February 21, 2017 A Hawaii Senate committee approved a bill that would hike gas taxes, vehicle registration fees and the vehicle weight tax to...

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.

How might infrastructure initiatives from President Trump affect state and municipal issuers, and the capital markets? John Hallacy and Paul Burton discuss.

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