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.

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Water Company Faces Double Trouble in Court

UTILITY: American States fights to retain subsidiary; pushes for rate increase.

Two looming legal decisions for its subsidiaries could sink business for American States Water.

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Business improvement district centered on Venice Boardwalk gains preliminary OK

Venice Boardwalk businesses’ bid for a business improvement district moves forward.

Downtown Booster Looks to Uproot Park Levy

TAXES: Group says switch to square-foot assessment will hurt property owners.

The Central City Association, a downtown business group, is opposing a parcel tax for parks that Los Angeles County supervisors are poised this week to place on the November ballot.

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Japan, China Pace Field of Foreign Firms in L.A.

COMMERCE: Swiss-owned companies rank third among employers.

Japanese- and U.K.-owned firms have carved out the biggest presences in Los Angeles.

City Planning Commission Approves Limits on Short-Term Rentals

The Los Angeles city Planning Commission on Thursday moved to regulate Airbnb and other short-term rentals, imposing time caps and stiff penalties for violations.

L.A. Officials Take Steps to Help Businesses in City

L.A. city officials on Wednesday took several steps to help small businesses and manufacturers.

L.A. Affordable Housing Initiative Placed on November Ballot

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday formally placed a labor-backed affordable housing measure on the November ballot.

City Attorney Files Charges Over Illegal Hotels

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has filed charges against the owners of four properties for allegedly operating apartment buildings as short-term rentals or full-service hotels.

Some Business Groups On Board With Transit Tax

POLITICS: Infrastructure improvement generates support from L.A. trio.

Local business groups appear split on whether to support a permanent half-cent sales tax hike for transportation projects that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is looking to place on the November ballot.

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Desert Projects Sweat Election

POLITICS: Businesses want OKs before new presidency.

Companies behind two Mojave projects fear getting sandbagged by change in White House.

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