- Robert HolbrookCouncilmember
- Kevin McKeownCouncilmember
- Pam O'ConnorMayor Pro Tempore
- Terry O'DayCouncilmember
- Bobby ShriverMayor of Santa Monica
- Richard BloomCouncilmember
- Gleam DavisCouncilmember
Tell Santa Monica to Legalize Beekeeping
Update: 12/17/10: Following in the footsteps of cities like Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Seattle, the Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously to legalize beekeeping. The move came after nearly 200 Change.org members petitioned the City Council asking members to give urban beekeeping the green light. You can read more about this victory here.
The City of Santa Monica 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 backyard beekeeping more popular than ever, this policy needs to change.
According to the USDA, about one-third of our food is thanks to the work of bees, making CCD a huge food security issue. 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 City Council is considering a review of the law. Sign our petition to let the Santa Monica City Council know that this is an important issue that they should move on as soon as possible. Ask them to repeal the 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.
- Mayor Pro Tempore
- Mayor of Santa Monica
I am writing you to ask that you make the legalization of beekeeping and the establishment of a bee rescue policy one of your top priorities during this legislative session. Bees are an essential part of our food system. According to the USDA bees are responsible for the production of roughly a third of our diet. In addition they are a boon to local gardeners, urban farmers, and provide a nutritious source of sweetener.
Unfortunately, as you may be aware, honeybees worldwide are in crisis, falling prey to the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder at an alarming rate, making beekeeping a serious food security issue. While the exact causes of this disorder are unknown, it is clear that the problem is exacerbated by the way commercial growers raise and manage bees. It is the backyard beekeepers raising feral bees that have found a way to keep hives healthy and thriving. That is why it is essential that we protect this genetically strong bee population, allow local beekeepers to help harness them, and establish a bee rescue to move feral bees to the agricultural areas where they are most needed. It is not often that so much good can be done with so little work.
Urban beekeeping has been gaining widespread attention since the President of the United States himself began keeping two hives on the White House lawn, and even New York City recently dropped their beekeeping ban. With that in mind, I urge you to:
1. Repeal of Municipal code 4.04.130 legalizing beekeeping in the city of Santa Monica, Bee Rescue, and the creation of a legal bee yard within city limits that will operate as a secure, temporary holding area for feral honeybee colonies that are awaiting relocation to agricultural zones outside city limits.
2. Change the city of Santa Monica’s current response to feral honeybee swarms (which is extermination), and to allow live bee removal, only involving swarms, on city and public property within Santa Monica city limits.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this important issue.
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