Urban Beekeeping

01/14/2014 2:10 pm0 commentsViews: 37


Bee Keeper LA Photo by Gary McCarthy

Bee Keeper LA
Photo by Gary McCarthy

put off a vote today on
allowing people to keep beehives in their yards.
The scheduled vote was put off until next month to accommodate other
items on today’s agenda, an aide to City Councilman Jose Huizar said.
Huizar chairs the Planning and Land Use Management Committee, which last
month called for city staff to report back in 60 days on the best ways to
allow “beekeeping” activity in single-family residential areas.
City Council members who want to overturn the city’s prohibition on
beekeeping in those areas said promoting the practice will “foster a healthier
bee population.”
The bee population has been reported to be “in steep decline,”
prompting concerns that the local economy and the state’s agricultural industry
could be negatively affected, according to a related motion introduced last
month by Huizar.
His motion calls for city staff to come up with “humane and non-
lethal” ways to relocate or remove unwanted bee hives to serve as alternatives
to existing methods used by government agencies, “given the usefulness of bees
to California’s agricultural industry and the growing popularity of urban


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