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

Modest Job Gains in L.A. County for April

L.A. County’s unemployment rate remained steady at 4.4 percent in May as the local economy hovers near full employment, according to state figures released Friday.

L.A. County Unemployment Rate Dips to 4.4 Percent in April Amid Modest Job Growth

L.A. County’s unemployment rate remained steady at 4.4 percent in May as the local economy hovers near full employment, according to state figures released June 15.

Minimum Wage Hike Looms

Economy: Restaurants, apparel could be hard hit

The latest round of minimum-wage increases raises concerns for some companies.

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Long Beach Port Cargo Volume Up, LA Port Volume Down

It was a tale of two ports in May as cargo volume at the Port of Long Beach hit a record high while at the Port of Los Angeles, volume dipped 3 percent from last year’s record high, according to announcements from both ports.

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L.A. Area Annual Inflation Rate Rises to 4.1 Percent as Gas Prices Spike

The local inflation rate rose to 4.1 percent year-over-year in May, driven by a spike in energy prices, according to federal data released June 12.

Women Scarce on CEO Pay List

EMPLOYMENT: Only 2 on top 50, both no longer at helm

Women CEOs are rare in general, more so on best-paid lists.

American Jewish University Names Jeffrey Herbst as New President

American Jewish University in Bel-Air has named former Newseum and Colgate University president Jeffrey Herbst as its new president, succeeding longtime leader Robert Wexler, the university announced June 6.

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Frontier Air Adding Daily Service from Ontario Airport to Orlando

Frontier Airlines announced June 5 it is adding daily, non-stop service from Ontario International Airport to Orlando International Airport in August.

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Pepperdine Graziadio Launches Executive DBA Program

The Pepperdine Graziadio Business School announced June 5 it is launching in the fall an Executive Doctorate of Business Administration program which will further develop skills for executives through courses and research.

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Garcetti Taps Michel Moore as Next LAPD Chief

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on June 4 named First Assistant Chief Michel Moore as the next chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, succeeding Charlie Beck, who is set to retire June 27.

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