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.
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L.A. County’s unemployment rate rose to 4.8 percent in December from 4.7 percent in November as more people entered the workforce looking for work, according to state figures released Jan. 18.
ENERGY: Electric vehicle-maker gets big FedEx order
Change in the air for Chanje after FedEx deal.
The Hollywood Business Improvement District board named Kristopher Larson
The U.S. Justice Department on Jan. 14 filed a lawsuit against an operating unit of Pasadena contractor Tetra Tech Inc., alleging the company filed false invoices for work on a cleanup contract involving radioactive waste at a Bay Area former shipyard and seeking damages that one published report said could be up to $800 million.
USC board member and industrial development tycoon Edward Roski Jr. chastised fellow developer magnate and USC Board of Trustees Chair Rick Caruso for his conduct in running the board meeting in early December at which the board upheld the decision to cut short the contract of Marshall School Dean James Ellis, according to a letter obtained by the Business Journal.
The Hollywood Business Improvement District board has named Kristopher Larson, a business leader from Raleigh, N.C., as chief executive of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance, the nonprofit organization that manages the Hollywood Business Improvement District. He will replace longtime executive director Kerry Morrison, who announced last summer she was stepping down at the end of this month to focus on improving mental health programs in the region.
ARCHITECTURE: Firm joins Mithun, broadens focus
Hodgetts and Fung merger with Mithun may open door to larger projects.
Statement comes despite official announcement $13B airport project canceled
Mixed messages about Parson’s Mexico City airport project.
Pasadena-based engineering and security consulting firm Parsons Corp. announced Jan. 8 that it has acquired OGSystems, an imaging, mapping and data analytics company based in Chantilly, Va., for an undisclosed sum.
Southern California Gas Co.’s new chief executive Bret Lane on Jan. 7 announced two members of his leadership team: Maryam Brown as president and Jimmie Cho as chief operating officer.