Legalize Urban Beekeeping in Mar Vista!!
  • Petitioned Los Angeles, District 11

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Mar Vista Community Council
Los Angeles, District 11

Legalize Urban Beekeeping in Mar Vista!!

    1. Chelsea McFarland
    2. Petition by

      Chelsea McFarland

      Los Angeles, CA

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November 2011

Victory

On November 8th, Los Angeles's Mar Vista Community Council voted in favor of a pilot backyard beekeeping program! The move came after months of campaigning by Mar Vista residents and more than 1,900 people signed a petition on Change.org. The pilot project would allow Mar Vista residents to raise their own honeybees, a practice that helps boost struggling honeybee populations and ensures local food security. The pilot beekeeping project proposal will now move on to a vote before the full Los Angeles City Council.

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 a huge food security issue. 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 which involves artificial insemination of queen bees, trucking thousands of hives great distances to pollinate crops, exposing bees to countless pesticides, and 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 don’t take strong action to counter the slow march to extinction.

Mar Vista is a community within Los Angeles (Council District 11) that has been actively working toward becoming a more sustainable place to live. Los Angeles currently outlaws beekeeping, and the city's policy is to exterminate all feral bees. With worldwide bee populations threatened with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and urban beekeeping more popular than ever, this policy needs to change. Feral bees, being subject to natural selection but not to the rough treatment and chemicals of commercial beekeeping, are far more robust than their commercial cousins. As commercial colonies collapse at an alarming rate, it is crucial that this population be protected.

Luckily the Mar Vista Community Council is conducting a feasibility study for a Urban Beekeeping Pilot Project. Sign our petition to let the Mar Vista Community Council know that this is an important issue that they should move on as soon as possible. Please ask them to move forward with their request for a pilot project and work towards repealing the Los Angeles code outlawing beekeeping and to establish a live bee rescue policy, allowing thriving populations of healthy feral bees to be relocated to the agricultural areas that need them.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory! Backyard Beekeeping Approved by Mar Vista Community Council

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      After months of campaigning and a lot of hard work  from grassroots, local food organizations like Honeylove, California beekeepers received a big break. At the Mar Vista Community Council meeting last night, a motion was passed to allow for the...

    2. Vote Is TODAY!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      The Mar Vista Community Council will vote on the legalization of backyard beekeeping today, 11/8. If you support backyard beekeepers, sign their petition here!

    3. Vote Scheduled for Next Week!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      The Mar Vista Community Council will vote Nov. 8th on whether or not to legalize beekeeping in the town. If you think Mar Vista residents have a right to beekeeping, voice your support by signing the petition!

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. Community Council to Vote on November 8th!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      The Mar Vista Community Council will vote on November 8, 2011 on whether or not to legalize beekeeping. Will you help support this important campaign before the upcoming vote?

    6. Last Chance to Support Urban Beekeeping in a L.A. Community

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      UPDATE 9/12/11: The Mar Vista Community Council pushed the vote to legalize beekeeping until November 8, 2011. That gives us even more time to ramp up support for this campaign! Please sign Chelsea and Rob McFarland's petition asking the community...

    7. Video: National Honey Bee Awareness Day Event!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      Los Angeles, CA 90066
      August 20, 2011

    8. City Council Vote on 11/8!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      The Mar Vista Community Council will vote on the legalization of beekeeping on November 8. Voice your support for urban beekeeping in Los Angeles!

    9. 100+ people came out for our National Honey Bee Awareness Day Event!!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      The event featured HoneyLove's official Yellow Carpet, live photo booth, honey bee educational table, demonstration hive, honey tastings, kids craft table, and a free screening of the new documentary "Vanishing of the Bees" - Such a fun day!!!

    10. Learn More About Urban Beekeeping

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Backwards Beekeepers seeks to legalize urban beekeeping in cities and help wannabe beekeepers get started. Learn more about the organization here:

    11. Reached 1,000 signatures
    12. Why We Started a Campaign to Legalize Beekeeping in Mar Vista

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      They say that you don’t choose to be a beekeeper — the bees choose you. So when a swarm of honeybees showed up in our garden in Los Angeles, we were unknowingly recruited into the ranks of beekeepers, an order that includes everyone from...

    13. Reached 750 signatures
    14. More than 1,000 People Want Urban Beekeeping in Mar Vista

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Organizers have collected more than 500 hand-written signatures and more than 600 online signatures from Change.org members. Let's keep the momentum going!

    15. Bees Swarm Mar Vista Farmers' Market to Raise Awareness

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Hundreds of shoppers at the Los Angeles-area Mar Vista Farmers' Market were met with an unlikely scene this past Sunday. In addition to fruit and veggie vendors, bakers, complimentary dog-sitters, and a woman singing Bob Marley cover songs, locals...

    16. Reached 500 signatures
    17. Check out photos from the Mar Vista Farmers Market Beekeepers Flashmob!!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      We collected 511 signatures in ONE DAY at the Farmers Market in Mar Vista!!

    18. 511 HAND SIGNED PETTIONS COLLECTED TODAY AT THE MAR VISTA FARMERS MARKET!!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      A big THANK YOU to all who came out to support!!!

    19. "Vanishing of the Bees" - FREE FILM SCREENING AUGUST 20!!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      NATIONAL HONEYBEE AWARENESS DAY!!
      Saturday, August 20 - 4:30pm - 7:30pm
      EVERYONE IS INVITED!!
      Visit honeylove.org for more information

    20. The Importance of Bees

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Through pollination, bees are responsible for producing a full one-third of America's food supply. Isn't that fact alone enough to justify why beekeeping should be legalized in cities like Los Angeles?

    21. Reached 250 signatures
    22. Will You Help Legalize Urban Beekeeping in Mar Vista?

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      As the national interest in urban beekeeping grows, cities like Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Seattle have joined the movement and legalized the practice. These cities recognize just how important bees are...

    23. BEEKEEPERS FLASHMOB THIS SUNDAY (JULY 3) @ THE MAR VISTA FARMERS MARKET!!

      Chelsea McFarland
      Petition Organizer

      Come out to the Mar Vista Farmers Market (venice/grand view) 9am-2pm this Sunday (7/3)- Everyone is invited- DRESS UP like a beekeeper/bee/flower... there will be a photo booth!! Come show your support and help us get signatures!! SEE YOU THERE!!

    24. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Chelsea McFarland LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      YAY BEES!!! <3

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    • Sana Badruddin DOLLARD-DES-ORMEAUX, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because they pollinate like 1/3 of our food supply...this issue is of tremendous importance

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    • Jonathan Cote Lahue BOLTON EST, QC, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      because there is nothing wrong with raising bees. It is not hurting anyone, in fact, it's doing the exact opposite.

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    • Dexter Horton BELLINGHAM, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I can think of no reason in the world to prevent people from keeping bees. It is unthinkable. How dare you? Do the right thing and legalize free and natural life.

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    • Elizabeth Seward VAN NUYS, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Bees are important to human well-being, and an educated approach allows them to be part of the natural environment. Extermination and manipulation come from uninformed fear.

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