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

City Shuts Down Boyle Heights Company After Trash Pile Burned for Six Weeks

The city of Los Angeles is moving to shut down a Boyle Heights construction and demolition debris company after a giant mound of trash onsite caught fire and smoldered for six weeks last fall, City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Friday.

LAX’s Growth Rate Takes Off

AVIATION: Airport leader in origin-destination travel.

LAX hit a record high of 80.9 million passengers in 2016 as traffic continues to rise.

Busy Airport Drives Car Rental Business

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Rise in passengers at LAX has revved up revenue for rental car firms at the airport.

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NONPROFIT: Central City Association board expands amid housing policy refocus.

Downtown’s Central City Association expands board amid advocacy adjustment.

City of L.A. Considers Syncing Up Tax Deadlines

LEVIES: Councilman hopes to ease payment process by rescheduling date to April.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander this month introduced a motion to lay the groundwork for synchronizing the payment of business taxes with federal and state taxes.

Metro Board Approves $1.4 Billion Budget for 11.5-Mile Extension of Foothill Gold Line Light Rail to Claremont

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors on Thursday approved a $1.4 billion budget and related partnership agreements for an 11.5-mile extension of the Foothill Gold Line light rail route from Glendora to Claremont.

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Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Overturning Malibu Measure Limiting Chain Stores

A state appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that Malibu can’t limit chain stores or force major projects to be put to a vote of the people.

Central City Association Expands Board; Adjusts Advocacy Priorities

The Central City Association representing downtown property owners and businesses announced Wednesday that it has expanded its governing board to 15 members and has adjusted its advocacy priorities to include more of a focus on housing and addressing homelessness.

L.A. County Unemployment Rate Falls to New Record Low of 4.4 Percent Amid Steady Job Gains

L.A. County’s unemployment fell to a new record low of 4.4 percent in May amid steady job gains, state figures released Friday show.

Hollywood Plan Rewrite

DEVELOPMENT: Latest proposal would add tools to bolster preservation efforts.

New Hollywood Community Plan spotlights preservation of single-family-home neighborhoods.

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