The Los Angeles City Council voted [October 14] to allow backyard beekeeping, joining cities like Santa Monica, New York, Denver, and other cities where the hobby is legal.
[...] Councilman Paul Koretz [....] said bees "do especially well in Los Angeles" and Wednesday's move could help address bee colony collapse disorder which has claimed about a third of the global bee population.
[...] City leaders and members of HoneyLove, a nonprofit that promotes beekeeping, said the activity aids urban farming efforts such as community gardens. They also said urban areas offer a pesticide-free environment for insects that are critical to the health of agriculture and plants.
[...] The ordinance allows no more than one hive per 2,500 square feet per lot area to be kept in the backyards of single-family homes citywide. Front yard beekeeping is barred by the ordinance.
It also sets buffer zones and areas on a property where hives can be kept and requires that beekeepers raise walls or hedges high enough to ensure bees need to fly up before leaving the backyard.
A water source also needs to be maintained near the hives so the bees would not need to venture outside of the beekeeper's backyard to get hydrated, under the rules.
The backyard beekeepers also need to register with the County of Los Angeles Agricultural Commission.
The commission has 129 beekeepers registered with 219 locations countywide, according to commission spokesman Ken Pellman. Of those registered, 39 are commercial beekeepers, which means they have eight or more hives.
[...] Los Angeles already averages about eight to 10 feral bee hives per square mile.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 16 2015, @09:09AM
here in LA
You are going to have to describe your experience more clearly.
Are they still fogging your neighborhood with DDT--in violation of federal law?
TFA and TFS mention the -lower- incidence of that stuff in the big city.
I remember a couple of decades ago when L.A. County was spewing poison bait pellets from helicopters for the MedFly and how everybody got all pissed off.
Orange County was going to do something similar several weeks back for ticks and folks got all bent out of shape.
(It all worked out. The dates on the agency's permits were all screwed up.
It all blew over before they got their shit together.)
Plant nurseries under big-ass power lines are the only places I can think of that large doses of bug killer -might- get used routinely but I don't think that actually happens.
I was surprised how few flying bugs there are when I moved to this desert environment.
Apparently, the bugs are smarter than the humans.