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.
L.A. County’s economy chugged along at nearly full employment in February as the unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent and employers added 33,000 jobs to their payrolls, state figures released Friday show.
CONSTRUCTION: Proposal would expand pay guidance.
Residential developers warn prevailing-wage expansion could scuttle projects.
Out-of-state construction worker files lawsuit over Measure JJJ’s rules on local hiring preference.
Out-of-state worker has filed suit over the hiring requirements of an affordable housing measure.
Measure JJJ, the affordable housing measure approved by nearly two-thirds of Los Angeles city voters last November, is unconstitutional because its local hiring provision discriminates against out-of-state competitors, a federal lawsuit filed last week and made public this week claims.
Los Angeles International Airport officials on Tuesday announced a massive airline relocation plan for May involving 21 airlines moving to different terminals or to different locations within terminals.
POLITICS: One targeted bill looks to protect some state standards from federal shifts.
Business groups see “job killers” lurking in Sacramento.
In May, 24 Airlines will do some traveling at LAX as they shift to new terminals across four nights.
WWhile restrictive Measure S goes down to defeat, weed regulation, aid for homeless move forward.
Voters elect to reject anti-development Measure S while backing pot regulation and homeless aid.
Anti-Development Measure Trounced at Polls; Sales Tax Increase for Homeless Services Appears to Squeak By
Measure S, the measure that would have restricted major developments in the city of Los Angeles, was overwhelmingly defeated at the polls on Tuesday, prompting a sigh of relief from business groups, developers and affordable housing advocates.
Local air quality regulators on Friday adopted a sweeping air emission reduction plan that cracks down on industrial polluters, especially local oil refineries. In a separate action, the regulators also enacted a new rule to limit emissions from metal finishing plants, which until now have been mostly exempt from regulation.