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

Ares Energy Fund Buys Majority Stake in N.J. Solar Firm

Ares Energy Infrastructure Fund, a unit at Century City-based private equity firm Ares Management, has acquired a majority stake in Conti Solar of Edison, N.J, the parties announced April 17.

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Breitburn Energy Exits Bankruptcy With New Name: Maverick

Downtown oil company Breitburn Energy Partners said late April 12 that it has emerged from its two-year bankruptcy and has renamed itself Maverick Natural Resources.

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Lights Dim for SCE?

ENERGY: Caught between new players, long-term pacts

A customer exodus at SoCal Edison has the utility looking to recoup some of that loss.

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Passenger Tax Fails in Avalon

Voters in Avalon on April 10 rejected a tax of $1 on every cruise ship, ferry and helicopter passenger to fund a larger and seismically up-to-date replacement building for Catalina Island’s only hospital

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L.A. City Council Approves $4.9B Contract for LAX People Mover

The Los Angeles City Council on April 11 unanimously approved a $4.9 billion contract with a private consortium to build and operate an automated people mover to connect Los Angeles International Airport to nearby planned rail and car rental facilities.

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L.A. Council Committee Caps Short-Term Rentals at 120 Days

Decision affects home-sharing through companies like Airbnb, Homeaway

A Los Angeles City Council committee on April 10 approved a home-sharing ordinance that places a citywide cap of 120 days out of the year during which Airbnb and other short-term rental hosts can rent out their units, with the right to appeal for an extension.

MWD Commits Up to $10.8B for Two-Tunnel Water Project

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board of directors on April 10 voted to commit up to $10.8 billion in funding for two water tunnels to carry water under the San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta to Southern California.

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LAX Expectations Outpaced by Gains

TRANSPORTATION: Surge amid $14B in renovations

Passenger traffic at LAX could exceed capacity right before the 2028 Olympics.

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LAX Board Approves $4.9B People Mover Contract

The Los Angeles World Airports Board of Commissioners on April 5 voted to award a $4.9 billion, 30-year contract to a contractor consortium to design, construct and operate the planned people mover at Los Angeles International Airport.

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SolarReserve Inks 20-Year Deal for South Africa Solar Plant

A consortium led by Santa Monica-based SolarReserve Inc. has signed a 20-year agreement with South Africa’s public electric utility company, Eskom, to supply power from a planned solar thermal power plant.

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