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

Hotel Industry Sues L.A. over Minimum Wage Law

Hotel industry groups on Tuesday sued the city of Los Angeles in federal court over the city’s enactment of a minimum wage ordinance requiring large non-union hotels to pay their workers $15.37 an hour.

Small Business Seeks Bigger Piece of County’s Pie

CONTRACTING: Sector gets less than 1 percent of deals; 25 percent sought.

It’s an embarrassing statistic: In the small-business capital of the nation, less than one half of 1 percent of all Los Angeles County contracts and purchase orders go to small businesses.

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Oil Firm’s Stock Trapped in Hole

ENERGY: Price hedge can’t buoy BreitBurn in sinking sector.

Price hedge fails to power up shares of oil and gas company BreitBurn.

L.A. Hiring to Stay Steady in First Quarter

Local employers plan to hire at a solid, steady pace during the first quarter of next year, according to a survey released Tuesday from Manpower Inc.

Oxy’s Spinoff Opens Wobbly

ENERGY: California Resources’ stock value in tough state early.

Oil and natural gas producer California Resources Corp. quickly loses ground in its first days of trading.

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Will NFL Team Link to Carson?

SPORTS: County golf course joins potential stadium sites.

Carson park and golf course could join field of stadium candidates looking to score a pro football team.

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Legal Tide Rises Against Utility

WATER: Golden State heading to court to fend off sales to cities.

Golden State prepares to dive into litigation to fight cities’ attempted takeovers of its systems.

‘Shark Tank’ Pitch a Wash

Alhambra “Dadpreneur” Ray Phillips was merely looking for a way to make baths more fun for children.

Businesses May Take Crack at Streets, Sidewalks

Regulation & Policy: Property owners weigh creation of districts to pay for repair work.

Taxing yourself more for things that your city ought to be doing already might seem ludicrous at first glance, but when it comes to fixing streets and sidewalks, some major commercial and retail property owners in Los Angeles seem open to the idea.

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Lots of Worry

City of L.A. looks to put brakes on parking-tax cheats

Parking: Some lot operators see no space for proposed city of L.A. revenue-tracking measures.

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