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.

Recent Stories

Airline May Land Long Beach for International

AVIATION: JetBlue’s plan may rise on proposal for airport inspection facility.

JetBlue is looking to get international service off the ground at Long Beach Airport.

Shareholders May Have Say in Oil Bankruptcy

ENERGY: Judge approves role for equity committee in Breitburn negotiations.

Shareholder panel granted a seat at the table in oil company Breitburn’s bankruptcy negotiations.

Some Ballot Measures Will Hit Closer to Home

POLITICS: County, city decisions would impact sales taxes, development.

While most of the attention on Election Day will be on the presidential and U.S. Senate races and statewide ballot initiatives, there are plenty of local ballot measures that will impact business.

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Gannett’s Tronc Interest Hits Major Snag

Gannett Co.’s interest in Los Angeles Times parent company tronc hit a major snag Thursday as a news report said lenders have withdrawn their financing.

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Jessica Lall Named New CEO of Central City Association

After a nationwide search, the Central City Association of Los Angeles found its new chief executive right next door.

County Unemployment Rate Ticks Up to 5 Percent, But Job Growth Strong

L.A. County’s unemployment rate rose slightly in September to 5 percent despite relatively strong job growth for the month, state figures released Friday show.

Solar Company Loses Sizzle Through Expansion

POWER: Verengo files for Chapter 11 after Eastern states’ cooler reception.

Verengo Solar files for bankruptcy after getting burned by an overambitious expansion plan.

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Powering Up

Swell Energy plugs batteries along with financing packages to homeowners

Swell charges into the home battery market on back of its financial packaging plan.

Oil Companies Seek to Hold Ground on Drilling

ENERGY: Rule changes by city of L.A. include hike in cost of permit process.

A trade group representing small local oil producers is upset over changes to the city of L.A.’s drilling permit regulations and wants those changes rolled back.

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High-End Stores Face Rocky Road

DEVELOPMENT: Repairs to street could hinder access to Golden Triangle shops.

Beverly Hills shop owners fear doing poorly during road reconstruction near a ritzy retail strip.

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