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.
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L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent in March, the lowest level in at least 30 years, state figures released Friday show.
Oil refineries fear air pollution crackdown could turn into a big turnoff for facilities.
Oil industry warns such areas could lead to city of Los Angeles losing jobs as well as tax money.
Councilman’s call for study of buffer zones around L.A. drilling sites stirs deep industry concern.
WATER: Golden State plans to continue Claremont fight despite settlement with Ojai.
Utility Golden State says the sale of its Ojai system doesn’t mean a Claremont deal is more likely.
The California Chamber of Commerce on Thursday released an expanded list of 23 “job killer” bills that it is targeting for defeat in the state Legislature.
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson on Wednesday introduced a motion calling for a study of the feasibility of enacting a half-mile buffer zone around all oil drilling operations in the city, a move that could ultimately lead to the shutdown of hundreds of wells.
A state committee on Thursday approved $24 million in tax credits for 21 companies investing up to $314 million to add as many as 1,970 L.A. jobs.
New city of L.A. trash-hauling system will dump higher pickup costs on some property owners.
UTILITY: Ojai's fight with Golden State ends in $34.5 million system sale
Water fight is over as Golden State agrees to sell Ojai system to Casitas municipal district.
MANUFACTURING: Call for increased facility supervision may yield speedier closures.
Manufacturers and metal finishers are concerned about a planned crackdown on toxic emissions by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.