Howard Fine

Reporter (Engineering, Infrastructure, Education, Construction and Architecture)

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

Air Lease Corp. Planes Grounded

AVIATION: Boeing plane crashes hit leasing co.’s fleet

Last week’s grounding of Boeing Co.’s 737 MAX 8 commercial jetliner has hit Century City aircraft leasing company Air Lease Corp.

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LAX Surpasses Tokyo Airport for No. 4 Global Passenger Ranking

Los Angeles International Airport surpassed Tokyo’s major airport to move up a notch to the No. 4 spot on the list of the world’s busiest airports as ranked by 2018 passenger traffic, according to a report released March 13.

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Report: Arcing of SoCal Edison Wires Caused Massive 2017 Thomas Fire

The Ventura County Fire Department on March 13 issued a report saying that arcing of wires owned and operated by Southern California Edison caused the massive 2017 Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties that charred 282,000 acres, destroyed nearly 1,100 structures and killed two people.

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UCLA, USC Remove Three Following Nationwide University Admissions Fraud Scheme

UCLA and USC on March 12 removed three high-ranking athletics officials who were charged by federal authorities in a nationwide university admissions fraud scheme.

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USC Edges Up in Biz School Ranking Closer to UCLA

USC’s business school moved up a notch in the latest rankings issued by U.S. News & World Report on March 12, closing in on UCLA’s position.

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LA Unemployment Rate Held Steady in January

L.A. County’s unemployment rate in January remained at 4.7 percent for the third straight month, despite heavy seasonal job losses, according to state figures released March 8.

Metro Grants Keep Doors Open

TRANSPORTATION: Local firms receive $18M so far

Four years ago, Cary Jordan moved his family restaurant Jordan’s Hot Dogs from Watts to Crenshaw Boulevard in Hyde Park

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Sun Sets on Verengo Solar

Solar panel firm’s last outpost to shutter by end of May; 47 workers to be let go

The sun is finally setting on Verengo, a local solar panel installer that was once the third largest in the nation but entered bankruptcy in 2016

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Edison Takes $1.4B Loss

Q4 loss stems from $1.8B wildfire-related writeoff

Rosemead’s is Edison International took a $1.8 billion charge during the fourth quarter of last year to set aside funds to handle existing and expected wildfire and mudslide damage claims

Departures Leave Void in LA Engineering Sector

Parsons and Jacobs take employees, projects; tech opportunities remain

Has Los Angeles County lost its engineering mojo?

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