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

Los Angeles Metro's Tax Vote Spurs P3 Interest
December 1, 2016 Voters’ approval of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s latest sales tax measure has spurred interest from...

Los Angeles Budget Hawk Santana Moves On
December 1, 2016 Los Angeles City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana is stepping down from his current role to work for the Los Angeles...

Federal Investigation Leads Citi to Halt Bond Sale Closing
November 29, 2016 Citigroup Global Markets Inc. scrapped the closing on $377.6 million in revenue and general obligation bonds it priced for El...

Time Runs Out On California Transportation Session
November 23, 2016 Time has run out on California lawmakers’ efforts to pass new transportation funding legislation in 2016, a sharp turnaround...

California Disclosure Law Could Result in Better Ratings
November 23, 2016 S&P Global Ratings analysts said new California’s law emphasis on debt management policies could bode well for issuer’s credit...

Late Votes Bode Well for California Local Tax, Bond Measures
November 22, 2016 Late vote counts in California appear to have swung another seven ballot measures into the win column.

New California Disclosure Law Has Greatest Impact Starting in 2018
November 21, 2016 California issuers won’t face most new disclosure requirements until 2018 under a new law that takes effect in January.

Hawaii Expected to Top Nation's GDP in 2016
November 17, 2016 Hawaii tops the national in GDP growth this year, but inflation is expected to slow the island state’s growth through 2019.

California Forecasts Healthy Reserves, Warns of Federal Policy Uncertainties
November 16, 2016 California state budget watchdog releases positive economic forecast, but cautions about federal policy unknowns.

San Diego Park Plans Involve Up to $50 Million in Bonds
November 15, 2016 San Diego’s plans to restore large swaths of the city’s largest park to pedestrian space involves issuing $50 million in...

California Cigarette Tax Is Credit Negative for Tobacco Bonds
November 14, 2016 California's $2 per pack increase on cigarettes is credit negative for tobacco bonds, nationally.

L.A. Metro Comes to Market Fresh Off Sales Tax Approval
November 14, 2016 Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority is pricing $514.8 million in bonds this week fresh off passage of a...

L.A. Faces Low Fiscal Risk to 2024 Olympic Games Bid
November 11, 2016 California's budget watchdog praised Los Angeles' bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

California Revenue Missed the Mark in October
November 10, 2016 California revenues for October missed budget projections for the month by 5%.

Californians Approved 80% of Local Tax and Bond Measures
November 10, 2016 The 430 tax and local bond measures considered by Californians achieved an 80% approval rate in preliminary counts.

Former L.A. Mayor Running for California Governor Post
November 10, 2016 Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tossed his hat into the race for California governor.

Bonds, Taxes Find West Coast Welcome
November 9, 2016 Tax and bond measures found success in California and Washington on Election Day.

Fresno County DA Probing Parlier School Fraud Allegations
November 8, 2016 The Fresno County, Calif. district attorney is investigating allegations that officials at Parlier Unified School District may...

Montana Board of Investments Revs Upgraded
November 7, 2016 The rating on $172 million of Montana Board of Investments revenue bonds received a Moody’s Investors Service upgrade to Aa2...

California Revenue Bond Measure May Slow or Stop Delta Tunnel Project
November 4, 2016 If California voters approve Proposition 53 next week it would likely slow or prevent a $17.1 billion water project known as...

Climate Bonds Initiative CEO Sean Kidney, in a spirited chat from London with northeast regional editor Paul Burton, charts the landscape for the U.S. municipal green bond issuance.

Here are some of the key "known unknowns" — factors that are likely to affect valuations and creditworthiness and functioning in the state and local finance sector — as the Trump Administration and Congress sort them out.

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