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.

Email: hfine@labusinessjournal.com
Phone: 323-549-5225 Extension: 227

Recent Stories

Brown Signs Bill Granting Edison, Other Utilities, Some Relief from Wildfire Damage Claims

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 21 signed a bill granting shareholders of Southern California Edison and the state’s two other investor-owned utilities some relief from potentially billions of dollars in future wildfire damage claims.

L.A. County Unemployment Rate Held Steady at 4.5 Percent in August

L.A. County’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.5 percent in August for the third straight month, even as the county recorded sizable job gains, according to state figures released Sept. 21.

Trains to Planes

Crenshaw-LAX line nears completion, will add 8.5 miles to local rail network

What will the 8.5-mile Crenshaw-LAX line look like when done?

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Gov. Brown Signs Straw Ban Bill

Measure prohibits restaurants from automatically providing plastic straws

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 20 signed a bill prohibiting dine-in restaurants from automatically providing single-use plastic straws to customers; as of Jan. 1, straws can only be provided upon request.

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Tetra Tech Awarded $21M Contract for Sustainability in Cambodia

Pasadena engineering firm Tetra Tech Inc. announced Sept. 18 that the U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded the company a $21 million, five-year contract to provide sustainability management and biodiversity conservation services in Cambodia.

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Gov. Brown Signs Bill Legalizing Sidewalk Vending

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 17 signed a bill to decriminalize sidewalk vending and give cities the right to set up permit systems for street vendors.

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Legislators Launch Aerospace Caucus

A bipartisan effort by two Southern California lawmakers has led to the creation of the California Aerospace Caucus in Congress

American Air’s $1.6B Plan

American Airlines plans to take off soon with a $1.6 billion renovation of two LAX terminals.

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California Aerospace Caucus Launched in Congress

Two Southern California lawmakers on Sept. 12 announced the creation of the California Aerospace Caucus in Congress to promote legislation that supports the region’s aerospace industry.

Contract Negotiations For $1B LAX Car Rental Facility to Proceed

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners on Sept. 6 green lighted Los Angeles World Airports’ staff to negotiate a contract with a consortium to design, build and operate the $1 billion consolidated car rental facility near Los Angeles International Airport.

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