Municipal Bankruptcy Lessons Learned

Dec. 3 Randall Lewis Seminar presents city managers from Vallejo, Stockton

Daniel Keen, Kurt Wilson

Daniel Keen (left) and Kurt Wilson will discuss what their cities learned as they recovered from bankruptcy.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The city managers of Vallejo and Stockton will discuss lessons learned as their cities emerged from bankruptcy on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at UC Riverside.

“Two California Cities Emerge from Bankruptcy: Lessons Learned; What Lies Ahead?” is part of the ongoing Randall Lewis Seminar Series presented by the Center for Sustainable Development. The seminar will be held at the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), 1084 Columbia Ave., Riverside. It is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested as seating is limited and may be made online or by calling (951) 827-7830.

The event is part of the ongoing Randall Lewis Seminar Series, which is presented by the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD), a research center of the UCR School of Public Policy.

The fiscal stress on California cities has forced some into bankruptcy and others to the brink. Locally, San Bernardino is emerging from its recent bankruptcy, but continues to face issues the city will need to address and resolve on its road to recovery.  What happens when a city is forced into bankruptcy?  What issues and challenges must be faced and resolved?

City managers Daniel E. Keen of Vallejo and Kurt O. Wilson of Stockton will share their cities’ experiences and lessons learned on their roads to recovery as well as the challenges they continue to deal with as they move forward.

Keen joined the city of Vallejo as city manager in March 2012, only 14 months after the city filed for bankruptcy. He previously served four years as the city manager of Concord, California.  He has also served as city manager in Novato, Seaside and La Palma for a total 16 years. He earned two master’s degrees in public administration and in planning from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.

Wilson joined the city of Stockton as deputy city manager in 2012, less than 10 weeks after the city filed for bankruptcy. He was appointed city manager in January 2014. He has more than two decades of public sector experience in elected and senior staff positions at the city and state level, and has worked in the private and nonprofit sectors. He holds two master’s degrees, in business administration and education administration, and he has a variety of post-graduate and professional certifications.


Established in 2003, the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD) explores the social, economic, political and environmental impacts that population growth and movement has on cities and local communities. Housed in the School of Public Policy, the center facilitates interdisciplinary collaborations in the community through its staff and affiliated faculty via research, joint conferences, workshops and public forums held at UCR and in the community.

The Randall Lewis Seminar Series is an ongoing program of the CSSD generously funded by Randall Lewis, executive vice president of Upland-based Lewis Operating Cos. The seminars focus on a wide range of regional sustainability topics such as air and water resources, infrastructure and transportation planning, affordable housing and the fiscal health of cities.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-7847
Twitter: bettyemiller

Additional Contacts

Ron Redfern
Tel: (951) 750-4976

Archived under: Inside UCR, Politics/Society, , , , , ,

Top of Page