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.
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The Los Angeles City Council on May 21 passed a $9.9 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year starting July 1, including $440 million to address the city’s homelessness problem and more than $260 million for street and sidewalk repair and maintenance.
L.A. County’s unemployment rate dipped to 4.4 percent in April after three straight months at 4.5 percent as local employers added a modest 5,000 jobs to their payrolls, according to state figures released May 18.
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The local inflation rate rose to 4 percent year-over-year in April, the fastest rate in a decade, according to federal data recently released.
The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Foundation has awarded $1 million – the largest gift ever – to Five Acres, an Altadena-based child and family services nonprofit.
Black market, licensing holdups blamed
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Oaktree Capital Management’s Bruce Karsh and his wife Martha have announced plans to donate $25 million towards a $44 million total gift to the University of Virginia Law School, where the couple first met as law students.
New standard could open door for lawsuits
California Supreme Court ruling shines light on sizeable yet mysterious segment of workforce in L.A. County.
Airline’s plans follow $600 million terminal renovation
No summer break for United Airlines’ operation at Los Angeles International Airport.
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