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

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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Brewery Looks to Tap Longer-Term Use Permit

BEER: Eagle Rock hopes to bottle up costs by extending license beyond five years.

Eagle Rock Brewery hopes to draft better terms for conditional use permit.

Profit Drops for Local Oxy Unit Amid Rising Production Costs

Thanks to rising production costs and softening oil prices, profits fell during the third quarter at California Resources Corp., the oil producer that is to be spun off from Occidental Petroleum Corp. next month.

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New Life

Bioscience incubator homes in on CSULA

BIOSCIENCE: Cal State Los Angeles has made the grade as the new home for an ambitious incubator project.

L.A. Unemployment Dips to 8 Percent

L.A.’s unemployment rate dipped to 8 percent last month as the county gained 28,000 jobs, mostly from teachers returning to schools after summer vacation, according to state figures released Friday.

Taking $64,000 Shot for Charity

At $64,000, it’s the most expensive shot of whiskey in the world.

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Vote on Drilling Might Cost City

Oil: Hermosa Beach could hit gusher – or pay big breakup bill.

Oil: Rejection of drilling project could leave Hermosa Beach facing a big financial hole.

Council Votes to Extend Lower Tax Rate for Internet Businesses

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted to extend the major reduction in business tax rates for Internet companies for four more years.

Forecast: LA County to Hit New Employment Peak in 2015

After eight years, Los Angeles County should finally hit a new employment peak next year, according to a forecast to be released this morning from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

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