Legalize Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles!!
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Los Angeles City Council

Legalize Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles!!

    1. Chelsea McFarland
    2. Petition by

      Chelsea McFarland

      Los Angeles, CA

Over the last three years, more than one in three honeybee colonies collapsed nationwide, a phenomenon now called Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. According to the USDA, about one-third of our food is thanks to the work of bees, making CCD one of the broadest environmental and food security challenges of our time. And while there is no one smoking gun causing CCD, scientists now widely agree that it is a result of a combination of factors, made manifest by industrial beekeeping, a practice which involves trucking thousands of hives great distances to pollinate crops, exposing bees to countless pesticides, interfering with the species natural defenses by treating them with miticides and antibiotics, and feeding them high fructose corn syrup. This deadly cocktail has made bees incredibly vulnerable and on the brink of collapse. That is, only if we fail to act, if we fail to recognize this disaster in the making and do not take strong action to counter the slow march to extinction.

Atlanta, New York, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Spokane, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver and most recently Santa Monica and Redondo Beach have all taken decisive action and legalized urban beekeeping.

Los Angeles currently outlaws beekeeping in residential areas, and the city's policy is to exterminate all feral honey bees. With worldwide bee populations threatened with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and urban beekeeping more popular than ever, this policy needs to change. We believe it to be a necessary and just measure requiring immediate action.

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Many Neighborhood Councils within Los Angeles (Mar Vista, Del Rey, Greater Griffith Park, South Robertson, Silver Lake, Hollywood United, Atwater Village, West Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, Lake Balboa,  Chatsworth, Palms...) have already voted in favor of supporting an urban beekeeping program in residentially zoned districts. Help us inspire the City Planning Department to initiate an ordinance that would allow Los Angeles residents to raise their own honeybees, a practice that helps boost struggling honeybee populations and ensures local food security.

Please sign our petition to let the Los Angeles City Council know that this is an important issue that they should move on as soon as possible!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 7,500 signatures
    2. Reached 6,000 signatures
    3. Van Nuys NC unanimously supported BEEKEEPING in LA last night!!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      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)

    4. Bel Air-Beverly Crest NC unanimously supported BEEKEEPING in LA tonight!!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      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)

    5. Reached 5,000 signatures
    6. Historic Highland Park NC unanimously voted in support tonight!!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      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)

    7. Westside NC unanimously voted in support of URBAN BEEKEEPING last night!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      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)

    8. Palms NC unanimously voted in support of URBAN BEEKEEPING tonight!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils that officially support our urban beekeeping motion so far!! ♥
      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)

    9. Reached 4,000 signatures
    10. Chatsworth NC unanimously voted in support of URBAN BEEKEEPING tonight!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils that officially support our urban beekeeping motion so far!! ♥
      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)

    11. Lake Balboa NC unanimously voted in support of URBAN BEEKEEPING last night!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils that officially support our urban beekeeping motion so far!! ♥
      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)

    12. Reached 3,000 signatures
    13. Boyle Heights NC voted in support of Urban Beekeeping in LA tonight!!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils that officially support our urban beekeeping motion so far!! ♥
      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)

    14. LOS ANGELES TIMES article!!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      ARTICLE: "Bee fans try to get Los Angeles to allow hives in residential areas"

    15. West Los Angeles Council voted in support of Urban Beekeeping in LA tonight

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils that officially support our urban beekeeping motion so far!! ♥
      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)

    16. VIDEO: Urban Beekeeping | Subculture Club (by ThrashLab)

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      HIGHLIGHTS EFFORTS BY HONEYLOVE AND BACKWARDS BEEKEEPERS TO LEGALIZE URBAN BEEKEEPING IN LOS ANGELES!

    17. Reached 2,500 signatures
    18. Had a great legalization meeting last night @Councilman Rosendahl's Office!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much to everyone who came out in support of urban beekeeping!! The game plan is to expand our legalization efforts to a few new districts in LA… DO YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW LIVE IN DISTRICTS 1, 12, or 14?? Here is a link to our opening presentation (pdf):

    19. LAST NIGHT ATWATER VILLAGE VOTED IN FAVOR OF URBAN BEEKEEPING IN LA!!!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils that officially support our urban beekeeping motion so far!! ♥
      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)

    20. Reached 2,000 signatures
    21. TONIGHT HOLLYWOOD UNITED VOTED IN FAVOR OF URBAN BEEKEEPING IN LOS ANGELES!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils that officially support our urban beekeeping motion so far!! ♥
      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)

    22. LAST NIGHT SILVER LAKE UNANIMOUSLY VOTED IN FAVOR OF URBAN BEEKEEPING IN LA

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      That makes 5 councils so far!! Up next - Hollywood United and Studio City!!

    23. Reached 1,500 signatures
    24. VIDEO: HoneyLove.org at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market - Los Angeles, CA

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      Our next swarm at the Mar Vista Farmer's Market is set for February 5, 2012!!!

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jeff Spirlock TULSA, OK
      • about 9 hours ago

      If you like food than this affects you!

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    • Tao Zad BEVERLY HILLS, CA
      • 11 days ago

      Bees are integral to our food supply. So we must HELP them survive, not ban or kill them!!

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    • Sarah McGovern LONG BEACH, CA
      • 12 days ago

      Of course it's important! Without the bees, you can't have any of it! SAVE THE BEES!! Thank you!

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    • Rishi Kumar DIAMOND BAR, CA
      • 14 days ago

      Because I like to eat food and live.

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    • Ethelind Cheng ALTADENA, CA
      • 15 days ago

      They have helped save the environment in short.

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