Los Angeles Business Journal

Howard Fine is a 10-year veteran of the Los Angeles Business Journal. He has covered public policy issues, 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.

A Los Angeles native, Howard graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in English from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. Howard also obtained a master of science degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill.

Regulation Watch is a biweekly column that keep's business leaders apprised of new city, county and state regulatory issues that may affect their businesses. Coverage includes environmental regulations, workplace rules, and fees that are being considered by regulatory agencies.

Howard can be reached at 323-549-5225, ext. 227, or by email: hfine@labusinessjournal.com.

Recent Stories

BreitBurn Secures $1 Billion Investment, Cuts Shareholder Distribution

BreitBurn Energy Partners, the debt-strapped Los Angeles oil partnership, has obtained $1 billion in financing from EIG Global Energy Partners of Washington D.C., the company announced late Sunday.

Passing Propane Torch

When Julie Johnson entered the propane business founded by her father 30 years ago, she stood out as one of the few women in a male-dominated industry. And it was her father who had to mentor her so she could take over one day, making sure the men in the industry respected her.

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High on Dry

LANDSCAPING: Sales of drought-resistant plants blossom at nurseries with help from government subsidies to cut back on grass.

Drought-resistant plants become hot items at nurseries, boosted by government subsidies to trim lawn space.

Briefs: Medbox Climbs, LMU Names New President, Kirk Douglas Donates

Medbox Climbs Medbox Inc. shares jumped 17 percent on Friday to $1.65 after the West Hollywood marijuana dispensing firm filed its first annual report and first regulatory filing since restating previous years’ financials.

Verengo Co-Founders Exit Leadership Posts; Marketing Exec New CEO

The co-founders of Torrance solar panel installer Verengo Solar are leaving their leadership posts as a tech marketing executive has been named as the new chief executive, the company announced Wednesday.

USC Receives $50 Million Donation from Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist for Brain Research Center

Silicon Valley venture capitalist and longtime USC benefactor Mark Stevens has donated another $50 million to the university for a brain research institute, USC officials were set to announce Wednesday.

Card Clubs Bet On Online Bill

GAMBLING: Casinos expect legal Internet poker to boost draw.

Local card clubs wager that they will draw more players if California OKs online poker.

Business, Labor Reports Not on Same Wage Page

POLITICS: Groups’ studies look at impact of different proposed pay increases.

When local business and labor groups came out with their respective studies on the impacts of hiking L.A.’s minimum wage last week, the fact that they came to different conclusions – business opposing and labor supporting – was not surprising.

L.A. Unemployment Drops Amid Broad Job Gains

Los Angeles County’s unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in February as the county added 25,000 jobs across almost every industry, according to state figures released Friday.

City Study Backs Wage Hike; Biz, Labor Release Dueling Studies

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated from an earlier version. Hiking L.A.’s minimum wage would bring more benefits than costs to both Los Angeles and the region, according to a long-awaited and controversial study released Thursday afternoon.

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