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

EPA Clears Superfund Space

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has included a former landfill site in Monterey Park that’s on its Superfund list as one of 30 such sites around the nation that can now be marketed for redevelopment.

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Consumer Confidence Continues Slide

Uncertainty on tax reform, trade, immigration

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Airport Authority Authorizes $336 Million Contract for LAX Terminal Extensions to Ease Connections to Automated People Mover

Los Angeles World Airports officials announced on Friday final authorization for a $336 million contract to build extensions to the terminals at Los Angeles International Airport to connect to the planned people mover.

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L.A. Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.4 Percent in December Amid Modest Gain in Jobs

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in December, matching the record low hit last year, as the local economy continued to post modest job gains.

Legislators Introduce Measure to Ban Moratorium on New Natural Gas Hookups

A pair of state legislators introduced a measure on Jan. 17 to ban any moratoriums on new natural gas hookups.

U.S. EPA Targets Former Landfill Site in Monterey Park for Redevelopment

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Jan. 17 it is targeting a former landfill site in Monterey Park currently on its Superfund list of the most toxic cases as one of 30 sites nationwide for redevelopment.

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County’s Economy Dips on Milken Measure

A slowdown in the rate of job creation in Los Angeles County last year caused a 13-position drop in an annual ranking of economic vibrancy among metropolitan areas, according to a recent Milken Institute report.

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Social Niche

‘Doing well by doing good’ is a priority at Cal State Dominguez Hill’s business incubator.

Incubator gets new home at Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

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Commission Postpones Vote on Moratorium on New Natural Gas Connections

The state Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday postponed for a month a planned vote this week on a moratorium on new natural gas connections for businesses and commercial properties throughout most of Los Angeles County.

Pomona College Tops Among Local Schools for Best Value: Kiplinger’s

Pomona College climbed into the Top 10 in the nation for best value colleges, according to the February issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

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