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

Leslie Gonda, Aircraft Leasing Firm Co-Founder, Philanthropist, 98


Leslie Gonda, a Hungarian Jew who escaped the Nazis under an assumed identity and went on to co-found an aircraft leasing firm with Steven Udvar-Hazy and then become a philanthropist, died March 16 at age 98, his family announced in an obituary notice.

La Brea Bakery Parent Closing Vernon Plant, Laying Off 109

The parent company of La Brea Bakery Café is closing a distribution plant in Vernon in late April and laying off 109 employees, according to a notice the company filed with the state.

Tease photo

Catalina’s Taxing Challenge

Avalon proposes levy to finance $60M hospital

Catalina proposes fee to fund the local hospital.

Tease photo

Breitburn May Lower Tax Pain

Breitburn Energy Partners submitted an amended recovery plan last week that boosts cash payouts to holdout creditors.

Firms See Business Spike on Harassment Fallout

Boost in demand for training sessions driven by fears of big verdicts

Sexual harassment claims are on the rise, and the demand for legal services goes well beyond litigation.

Tease photo

Breitburn Looks to Exit Bankruptcy With New Plan, Agreement With Creditors

Days after a judge rejected its bankruptcy exit plan, Breitburn Energy Partners on March 13 submitted an amended recovery plan that boosts cash payouts to holdout creditors. A tentative agreement was also reached to limit tax liabilities for shareholders.

Aecom Unit's Contract for Unmanned Airforce Training Aircraft Could Reach $961M

Aecom’s URS Federal Technical Services unit was awarded a contract of up to $961 million by the U.S. Air Force for training services for three types of unmanned aircraft, the Defense Department announced on March 9.

Tease photo

Cost of High Speed Rail Route from LA to SF Soars to $77 Billion

The estimated cost to build a high speed rail line connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco has soared 20 percent to a minimum of $77 billion, according to the latest draft business plan from the California High Speed Rail Authority released on March 9.

Tease photo

Judge Rejects Breitburn’s Bankruptcy Restructuring Plan

A bankruptcy court judge on March 9 rejected the restructuring plan submitted by bankrupt Los Angeles oil firm Breitburn Energy Partners, sending the company, its creditors and its shareholders back to the negotiating table.

Tease photo

L.A. River Project to Include Gehry Partners

Frank Gehry part of team tackling L.A. River redevelopment plan.

Tease photo

More stories >>