Howard Fine

Reporter (Government & Energy)

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.

Phone: 323-549-5225 Extension: 227

Recent Stories

LB’s ‘Bridge to Everywhere’

The nation’s tallest cable-stayed bridge moves past funding delays, design changes and surprises

Building a $1.3 billion bridge in Long Beach.

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Long Beach Airport Passenger Traffic Up Nearly 7 Percent in January

Airline passenger traffic at Long Beach Airport increased nearly 7 percent in January 2018 compared with the same period in 2017, airport officials announced on Feb. 16.

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Hot Market Brings Solid Job Growth at Brokerages

Number of Registered Brokers at Top 25 Up Nearly 5 Percent

Last year was great for stocks – and a solid year of overall employment growth for Los Angeles County’s securities brokerages.

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LAX’s $4.5 Billion People Mover Project Begins Approval Process

The Los Angeles World Airports Board of Commissioners on Feb. 15 voted to take the first step toward awarding a $4.5 billion contract to a contractor consortium to design, construct and operate the planned people mover at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Universal Business Registration Moves Ahead

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 13 voted to create a universal business registration program for all of the estimated 15,000 businesses in unincorporated areas.

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Mayor Names First Procurement Officer to Work with Business Vendors

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Feb. 13 tapped New York’s top contracting official Michael Owh to become L.A.’s first chief procurement officer and tasked him with encouraging more small and minority businesses to seek city contracts.

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Pepperdine, Venture Alliance Take Aim at Startup Funding

The Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business, in partnership with the Venture Alliance, is launching an initiative to better prepare startups for investment funding.

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SERVICES: Big 4 hold places; moves in middle ranks

Accounting firms bulk up, thanks to a growing economy, M&A activity, technology consulting and the new tax law.

L.A. Tops Once Again in Global Traffic Congestion Survey

For the sixth year in a row, Los Angeles has topped a list of the world’s most gridlocked cities, according to a survey released Feb. 6.

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UPDATE: Bankrupt Breitburn Energy Partners Rejects $1.8B Offer

Breitburn Energy Partners has rejected a $1.8 billion cash offer from a Houston energy fund.

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