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

Gurtin Names Michael Johnson Co-CEO
July 29, 2016 Poised for Growth, San Diego and Chicago-based fund manager Gurtin Fixed Income Management promoted Michael Johnson to co-CEO.

Transportation Tax Measures Proliferate in California
July 28, 2016 Four transportation agencies in California's three largest metropolitan areas have placed tax measures on November's ballot.

FTA Grants Honolulu Rail Project Extension
July 26, 2016 The Federal Transit Administration granted Honolulu additional time for a recovery plan to deal with cost overruns on its...

California Ruling Clears Way for Delta Tunnel Tests
July 22, 2016 A California Supreme Court ruling removes one obstacle for Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15.7 billion plan to build two giant water...

Nevada School District Downgraded
July 22, 2016 White Pine County School District, Nev.’s general obligation bond limited tax rating was downgraded to Baa2 by Moody’s...

LAUSD's OPEB Liability Draws Attention
July 21, 2016 Los Angeles Unified School District has four times the unfunded OPEB liability of its closest peers, according to a Moody's...

Hawaii Governor Warns Bill Could Lead to Downgrades
July 21, 2016 The Hawaii House and Senate overrode the governor's veto of a bill he said could lead to a downgrade of the state's bonds.

How San Diego and San Jose Fared After Pension Measures
July 7, 2016 The two California cities that have done the most to challenge public employee pensions say court challenges have not daunted...

Los Angeles Approves $1.1 Billion Homeless Ballot Measure
July 5, 2016 The Los Angeles City Council approved placing a $1.2 billion bond to pay for homeless on November's ballot.

How L.A. Bond Program Wasted $47M on Interest Payments
July 1, 2016 An audit conducted by the Los Angeles Controller's office found that a city stormwater management program was making $47...

Why L.A. County Is in a Position to Spend
June 30, 2016 Decades of fiscal restraint have put L.A. County in a better position to step up spending to address homelessness, prison...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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 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...

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,...

Maria Doulis of the watchdog Citizens Budget Commission and Howard Cure of Evercore Wealth Management dissect New York City's $82 billion budget with Bond Buyer Northeast regional editor Paul Burton. They explore efficiencies, debt management, reserves, the economy, the capital budget and Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to overhaul Health + Hospitals.

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