Los Angeles Business Journal

Howard Fine is a 19-year veteran of the Los Angeles Business Journal. He has covered public policy issues, energy companies, transportation, economic development, banking and finance and various special assignments. He has won several awards, including Best Body of Work for a single reporter from the Association of Area Business Publications and Distinguished Journalist of the Year from the Society of Professional Journalists.

A Los Angeles native, Howard graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in English from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Howard obtained a master of science degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois. Prior to joining the Business Journal, Howard spent seven years as Staff Reporter at the Orange County Business Journal and before that, as Orange County Bureau Chief for City News Service.

Regulation and Policy is a biweekly column that keeps business leaders apprised of new city, county and state regulatory issues that may affect their businesses.

Recent Stories

Measure for Measure, Voters Face Key Policy Decisions

DEVELOPMENT: Business fails to outraise S supporters.

Restrictive Measure S heads to a photo finish on Election Day as the fundraising race remains even.

Los Angeles Paces Field in Congestion

Report rates region as worst in terms of traffic, resulting in total loss of $9.6 billion annually.

Los Angeles tops a traffic report as the most-gridlocked urban area in the world.

Busted Firm Seeks Break

ENERGY: Breitburn files for extension on reorganization; judge to rule on bonus pay.

Bankrupt Breitburn requests more time to file its reorganization plan.

Homeless Aid Calls for Hike in County’s Sales Tax

Homeless-helping initiative to hike the sales tax could cost L.A. County retailers.

Gov. Brown Comes Out Against Measure S

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday formally announced his opposition to Measure S, the anti-development initiative on the March 7 Los Angeles city ballot.

LAEDC Raises More than $1 Million for New Initiative to Attract High-Paying Jobs

The Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. announced Wednesday it has raised more than $1 million from major employers, universities, and civic organizations to fund a new initiative to bring more high-paying jobs to the county.

Forecast: Unemployment to Hold Steady in L.A. County as Job Growth Slows

L.A. County’s unemployment rate is expected to hover around 5 percent this year and next year as the job growth rate slows, according to a forecast issued Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

L.A. Tops Congestion Ranking for U.S., Global Cities

The L.A. metro area has topped a list of the world’s most gridlocked cities, according to a report issued late Sunday.

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Trump’s Talk Makes It Tough to Sound Out Future

ECONOMY: LAEDC’s team of forecasters put to test by stream of pronouncements.

Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. forecasters try to figure in Donald Trump’s future impact. 4

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Will Air Plan Box In Cargo?

SHIPPING: Businesses fear proposal may curb truck trips

Cargo movers fear proposed air regulations could drive down the number of truck trips.

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