Los Angeles Business Journal

Howard Fine is a 10-year veteran of the Los Angeles Business Journal. He has covered public policy issues, 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.

A Los Angeles native, Howard graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in English from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. Howard also obtained a master of science degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill.

Regulation Watch is a biweekly column that keep's business leaders apprised of new city, county and state regulatory issues that may affect their businesses. Coverage includes environmental regulations, workplace rules, and fees that are being considered by regulatory agencies.

Howard can be reached at 323-549-5225, ext. 227, or by email: hfine@labusinessjournal.com.

Recent Stories

Mayor Eric Garcetti Appoints Two Deputy Mayors to Oversee Economic Agenda

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday appointed two deputy mayors to oversee his economic agenda, replacing Deputy Mayor Kelli Bernard, who left earlier this month to take an executive position at Aecom.

Edison CEO Craver to Retire; Pizarro to Take Reins

Edison International announced on Wednesday that Theodore F. Craver Jr., the Rosemead energy company’s chairman and chief executive will retire in September, keeping with the company’s practice of its chief executive retiring upon reaching age 65.

California State Chamber Opposes Ballot Measure to Extend Income Tax Hike

The California Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that it is opposing a likely November ballot measure to extend the income tax increase of Proposition 30 until 2031.

State Bill Would Revamp Rules on Rehab Centers

HEALTH CARE: Operators fear cities could shut down facilities, block new ones.

Owners and operators of drug addiction treatment centers are up in arms over a bill in Sacramento that could give local officials more tools to shut them down or block new rehab facilities.

Breitburn Gets OK to Tap Bankruptcy Loan

L.A. oil firm Breitburn Energy Partners has received court approval to draw on $75 million in financing to sustain itself during bankruptcy proceedings.

County Unemployment Rate Lowest in Nine Years

L.A. County’s unemployment rate continued its rapid descent in April, falling to its lowest point in nine years.

Wealthiest Angelenos: Donations Down in Weird Year

Some of L.A.’s Wealthiest Angelenos have elected to hold their fiscal backing in an usually contentious campaign season.

Hotel’s Dining Permit Drama Tough To Swallow

DINING: L’Ermitage owners forced to digest stalled restaurant opening.

Dealing with a city bureaucracy is rarely easy for any business, but the ordeal of the owners of the Viceroy L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills in recent weeks really stands out.

LAFC Soccer Stadium Approved

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday gave final approval for construction of a $250 million stadium complex near USC for the Los Angeles Football Club soccer team.

Local Businesses Reluctant to Hire More Workers Despite Overall Optimism

L.A. County employers are optimistic about their business outlook this year but guarded about future hiring, according to a new Los Angeles County Business Federation survey released Tuesday.

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