Los Angeles Business Journal

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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Pot Fundraiser Cancelled After LAPD Objects

The groups behind a scheduled fundraiser in Hollywood this past weekend for the medical marijuana industry cancelled the event after receiving word from the Los Angeles Police Department that the event was regarded as unlawful.

Setback in Cards With Rule Shift

The long-running battle between local card rooms and tribal gaming casinos has a new skirmish line: a change in an obscure state rule that could cost the local card rooms millions of dollars in revenue each year.

Los Angeles Unemployment Falls Despite Drop in Payrolls

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent in July, its lowest level in nearly 10 years, despite a sharp seasonal drop in employer payrolls, state figures released Friday show.

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Air District Works to Iron Out Rule on Forging

METALS: Officials hope to reduce odor production in Paramount, other cities.

After years of complaints by residents about odors in Paramount and other southeast Los Angeles County cities, the South Coast Air Quality Management District identified the likely source as metal forging facilities and has begun developing a rule to clamp down on emissions from these plants.

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Big Payoffs No Longer Safe Bet for Casinos

GAMBLING: Setback in cards with rule shift.

Some card rooms think they are getting a raw deal with a new state stance on third-party banking.

Los Angeles Water and Power Department COO Appointed as Interim General Manager

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power chief operating officer David Wright was appointed the agency’s interim general manager Tuesday by the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. He replaces Marcie Edwards, who announced her resignation earlier this month.

Light Maker Takes Note Of Music Stands

LEDtronics, orchestra working in concert to develop bright idea.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has taken a shine to LEDtronics’ lights for music stands.

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A Look Ahead: What’s on the agenda for Los Angeles business in the coming week

POLITICS: Pot fundraiser’s organizers hope to turn up heat on L.A. city officials.

Call it a pot fundraiser – not to buy weed but to raise money to wield more clout at City Hall.

CIT Gives $100,000 to Latino Chamber of Commerce for Small Business Programs

CIT, parent of OneWest Bank of Irvine, announced Monday that it’s providing $100,000 to the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce for technical assistance to small businesses.

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A Look Ahead: What’s on the agenda for Los Angeles business in the coming week

ENERGY: Breitburn brass could receive millions from bankruptcy judge.

Executives at Breitburn Energy Partners, an L.A. oil and gas exploration partnership that filed for bankruptcy in May, could receive tens of millions of dollars in bonuses under a proposal to be considered in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Aug. 18.

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