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

Shift on Storm-Water Policy May Soak Businesses

PERMITTING: State mulls ditching flat fee for basing cost on usage factors.

Thousands of local manufacturers, warehouses, recycling facilities and other businesses in Los Angeles County and throughout the state could face huge increases in storm-water runoff fees under a plan being considered by state water quality regulators.

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Early Dismissal?

OIL: Venoco stresses financial benefit of well to stake holders, district as it seeks to keep pumping at Beverly Hills High.

Venoco works to dig up support for its bid to renew the lease for the firm’s well at Beverly Hills High.

County Unemployment Falls to 6.1 Percent

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell last month to 6.1 percent as the county added 38,000 jobs, state figures released Friday show.

Stocks Rise

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 91 points in Friday trading to close at 17,824. The S&P 500 rose 8 points to 2,089. The Nasdaq rose 31 points to 5,105. The LABJ Stock Index rose 2 points to 244.

Activists File Initiative to Block Development Citywide

Community activists in Hollywood filed an initiative on Wednesday to place a moratorium on major construction projects in Los Angeles and make it tougher for developers to get projects approved in the future.

Put to the Test

Charter school operator Alliance steps back from growth mode as union intensifies push to sign up nonprofit’s teachers.

Question on whether to enroll in a union has divided teachers at L.A.’s largest charter school operator.

L.A. Companies Receive State Tax Credits for Job Creation

Sixteen companies headquartered or with facilities in Los Angeles County have been awarded state tax credits for plans to expand and create jobs, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development announced Tuesday.

High-Price Products Rev Up Auto Parts Dealer

AUTOMOTIVE: New focus at US Auto Parts credited for strong third quarter.

US Auto Parts’ focus on selling high-priced products drove the firm to its first profitable third quarter in six years.

Election Day Delivers Mixed Bag for Businesses

POLITICS: Rejection of shopping center, hike in hotel tax among setbacks.

Local business interests scored some wins and suffered some setbacks in last week’s off-year elections throughout Los Angeles County.

Voters Reject Malibu Shopping Center, Pass Hotel Tax in Hermosa Beach

Voters rejected a Whole Foods-anchored shopping center project in Malibu on Tuesday, while voters in Hermosa Beach approved a hike in that city’s hotel bed tax.

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