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

‘Shark Tank’ Pitch a Wash

Alhambra “Dadpreneur” Ray Phillips was merely looking for a way to make baths more fun for children.

Businesses May Take Crack at Streets, Sidewalks

Regulation & Policy: Property owners weigh creation of districts to pay for repair work.

Taxing yourself more for things that your city ought to be doing already might seem ludicrous at first glance, but when it comes to fixing streets and sidewalks, some major commercial and retail property owners in Los Angeles seem open to the idea.

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Lots of Worry

City of L.A. looks to put brakes on parking-tax cheats

Parking: Some lot operators see no space for proposed city of L.A. revenue-tracking measures.

L.A. Unemployment Rate Holds Steady Despite Jump in Employer Payrolls

L.A.’s unemployment rate held steady last month at 8 percent, even as local employers added 35,000 jobs to their payrolls, mostly in education, according to state figures released Friday.

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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