This is our most important bee vote to date! We are going to try to get the support of the ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL COALITION! Please come out and show your support—remember to wear some YELLOW!!
OUR LETTER WE ARE SUBMITTING FOR SUPPORT:
The Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, has challenged the Departments within LA to evaluate their performance through these four perspectives; making LA a more sustainable city, improving the local economy, improving the user experience, and embracing technology.
Urban beekeeping is legal in New York, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Denver, Atlanta, San Francisco, Paris, London, Tokyo and Vancouver. In New York and San Francisco, people keep hives on the roofs of luxury hotels and apartment buildings.
In Los Angeles, however, bees exist in a legal gray area. The county allows them. But the city has no laws specifically pertaining to urban beekeeping. Currently, if bees are found on public property, the city's only option is to exterminate them. As a result, the past few years have seen the emergence of groups like the Backwards Beekeepers, which are devoted to rescuing and keeping these wild swarms of so-called "feral" hives within city limits.
16 Neighborhood Councils have taken action to address this great opportunity to support livable communities and urban beekeeping:
1. Mar Vista (11/8/11)
2. Del Rey (12/8/11)
3. Greater Griffith Park (1/17/12)
4. South Robertson (1/19/12)
5. Silver Lake (3/7/12)
6. Hollywood United (3/19/12)
7. Atwater Village (4/12/12)
8. West Los Angeles (6/27/12)
9. Boyle Heights (7/25/12)
10. Lake Balboa (8/1/12)
11. Chatsworth (9/5/12)
12. Palms (4/3/13)
13. Westside (5/9/13)
14. Historic Highland Park (5/16/13)
15. Bel Air-Beverly Crest (7/24/13)
16. Van Nuys (8/14/13)
Therefore, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition, representing neighborhood Councils throughout Los Angeles, supports efforts to legalize urban beekeeping in Los Angeles and encourages the City Planning Department to initiate an ordinance that would allow residents to raise their own honeybees, a practice that helps boost struggling honeybee populations and ensures local food security.