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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 Gets High Marks in S&P Reports
September 27, 2016 S&P Global came out with three favorable reports on California.

Muni Market Millennials Say They Work Differently, But Effectively
September 23, 2016 Some of the rising stars of the municipal bond market want to correct some misperceptions about their generation.

San Diego Trolley Federal Grant Is a Credit Positive
September 23, 2016 San Diego Trolley's $1 billion federal grant is a credit positive for the transit expansion, Moody's Investors Service said in...

Green Bonds Yet to Realize Pricing Premium
September 22, 2016 Investors have yet to reward green bonds with better pricing, but there is growing demand for the niche, according to one...

Hawaii Buoyed by Double Upgrades Ahead of GO Pricing
September 22, 2016 Hawaii received one-notch upgrades from two rating agencies ahead of plans to price $675.58 million in general obligation bonds.

Panel Recommends Tax to Lure Raiders to Las Vegas
September 16, 2016 A committee charged by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval with finding ways to ramp up tourism advanced a proposal to use $750 million...

San Bernardino Still Confident on Chapter 9 Exit Timetable
September 15, 2016 San Bernardino's city attorney said the California city is on track to exit bankruptcy by the end of the year though two major...

California Charter Schools Fight for Access to Bond Funds
September 15, 2016 As California charter school enrollment has increased, so have conflicts over their access to school construction bond funds.

Hawaii Gets Moody's Rating Boost
September 14, 2016 Hawaii received a second upgrade from a major rating agency ahead of plans to issue $757 million in general obligation bonds...

California Bond Disclosure Bill Signed by Governor
September 13, 2016 California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring more bond disclosure from California issuers.

L.A. Port Brings Green Bond Deal
September 13, 2016 The Port of Los Angeles will price a $219.2 million revenue bond refunding Wednesday its officials say represents the first...

San Diego Pressured to Take a Stand on Chargers Tax
September 7, 2016 More than two dozen San Diego business leaders support an effort pressuring the mayor to come out in opposition to a Chargers...

California Refunding: Almost a Half-Billion Saved
September 1, 2016 California achieved $494.5 million in present value savings when it refunded $2.04 billion of state general obligation bonds,...

How Berkeley, Calif., Capitalized on a Seller's Market
September 1, 2016 The market stars aligned for Berkeley, Calif., to land what participants call exceptional pricing for a parking revenue bond...

Hires at FA Montague DeRose Signal Careful Growth Effort
August 31, 2016 West Coast financial advisory firm Montague DeRose and Associates is expanding with a push toward adding midsize issuers to...

Hawaii Plans to Avoid MCDC Repeat
August 30, 2016 Hawaii officials say they will upgrade an antiquated accounting system and take other steps to ensure that the state won’t...

How Fresno Won Back Investment Grade Ratings
August 29, 2016 Fresno, Calif., Mayor Ashley Swearengin says rating upgrades from Moody's show the steps taken to get the city on sound fiscal...

California Bond Disclosure Bill Heads to Governor's Desk
August 25, 2016 California bill sparked by San Francisco embezzlement heads to governor's desk.

Far West Issuance Slowed In First Half, as Refunding Waned
August 25, 2016 Far West issuers sold $44.7 billion of municipal bonds in the first half of 2016, an 8% decrease from the first six months of...

Los Angeles Wants Governor to Declare Homelessness State of Emergency
August 24, 2016 The Los Angeles City Council joined Los Angeles County in trying to get California Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of...


Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, in an in-depth chat with Bond Buyer northeast regional editor Paul Burton, explains how the state can rebound through infrastructure. He also talks about his push to require investment firms to reveal public pension fees, lessons learned from the 38 Studios debacle, and his teaching days in post-Katrina Louisiana early in his career.

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