Los Angeles Business Journal

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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Smoked Out?

Legal weed could test companies’ hiring policies

Legalized recreational weed could put employers’ drug policies to the test.

Teslas Rev Up Driving Service

MotEV sees high-end cars as means to make inroads with eco-conscious crowd.

Driving firm MotEV has charged into the sector looking to tap positive buzz for Tesla’s electric vehicles.

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Nine Local Cities Named Finalists for Most Business-Friendly City Award

Nine cities in Los Angeles County have been named as finalists for the most business-friendly award to be handed out this fall by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

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Broad Museum Smashes Attendance Projections in First Year

Downtown’s Broad Museum of Contemporary Art had a banner inaugural year, drawing in more than 820,000 visitors, according to figures the museum released Tuesday.

Signatures Submitted for Measure for March Ballot; Another Measure Certified

Medical marijuana dispensary owners submitted more than 100,000 signatures Monday in their bid to place a measure on the Los Angeles city ballot in March to give the 135 dispensaries in operation before a 2007 moratorium priority in bidding for dispensary licenses.

Garcetti Names Administrator to Oversee Local Oil Operations

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday named the city’s first-ever oil administrator to regulate the safety of oil operations within the city.

L.A. Unemployment Rate Ticks Up to 4.9 Percent in August

L.A. County’s unemployment rate inched up to 4.9 percent in August even as employer payrolls grew, state figures released Friday showed.

Signs of Battle On Billboards

ADVERTISING: Summit fears cutback cuts out smaller firms.

Summit Media sees a city of L.A. plan for more digital billboards as a bad sign for small firms.

L.A. Chamber: Yes on Tobacco Tax; No on Pot

POLITICS: Organization neutral on keeping higher levy rates on high income.

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce this month took positions on several measures on the November ballot, most notably in support of a tobacco tax but opposing marijuana legalization.

L.A. Promises Free Year of Community College Tuition for LAUSD Graduates

L.A. city officials launched a program Wednesday to guarantee all high school graduates within the Los Angeles Unified School District at least one free year of tuition-free community college education.

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