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

City to Speed Up Building Construction Inspections

Acting on a promise to cut bureaucratic red tape at City Hall, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday announced a measure to speed up building inspections for major projects and restaurants in the city.

Oxy Spinoff’s Shares Dropping

Thanks to falling oil prices, shares of Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s forthcoming California spinoff are trading off-exchange well below analysts’ earlier expectations.

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Tale of Two Cities on Wage Hike

LABOR: L.A.’s increase could cost employers in Culver City.

Culver City businesses fear they will have to pay to keep up with L.A.’s proposed minimum-wage increase.

Glendale, Glendora Win Biz-Friendly Cities Honors

The “Glens” have it. Glendale was named the most business-friendly large city in the county Thursday night by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., while Glendora took the honors for the most business-friendly small city.

Updated: City Files Suit Against Contractors Alleging Wage Theft

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer on Thursday announced the city has filed a lawsuit against the main contractor and several subcontractors on a city animal shelter construction project, alleging the companies failed to pay their workers at least $250,000 in promised wages.

Malibu Voters Put Lock On Retail Chains’ Space

DEVELOPMENT: Pair of projects to move forward despite approved limits.

Development projects in Malibu – already difficult to shepherd through – have just gotten tougher thanks to last week’s passage of Measure R.

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State’s Biggest Refinery in Pipeline

ENERGY: Greens see red as Tesoro looks to link oil facilities.

Tesoro looks to pump up its oil operations by merging two SoCal facilities into the state’s largest refinery. But environmentalists object.

Oil-Field Acquisition Fails to Pump Up Investors

ENERGY: Breitburn shares dip but quickly recover amid general sector struggles.

Breitburn quickly climbs out of hole after announcement of oil-field deal sends shares falling.

Council Asks for Minimum Wage Study

A Los Angeles City Council committee on Tuesday called for an independent study of two proposals to raise the minimum wage, delaying consideration of a wage hike until at least early next year.

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Minimum Wage Maximum Headache

Restaurateur: 35% price hike may be needed.

Restaurateur George Abou-Daoud fears a minimum-wage hike would add too many extra costs to his plate.

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