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Thank you Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council for voting in favor of URBAN BEEKEEPING IN LOS ANGELES tonight!! YAY BEES!!!

PLEASE TAKE 30 SECONDS TO SIGN OUR PETITION (you do not need to live in Los Angeles to sign):
http://www.change.org/petitions/legalize-urban-beekeeping-in-los-angeles-2 

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) 

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WILL THE CITY OF LA ‘BEE’ NICE?
WATCH: HoneyLove.org on Fox 11 News!!

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Click here to sign our petition to legalize urban beekeeping in Los Angeles:
http://www.change.org/petitions/legalize-urban-beekeeping-in-los-angeles-2
**You do not need to live in LA to sign!

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May 25, 2012:

“We took a step towards implementing urban beekeeping legislation within the City.  This morning, we submitted a motion that instructs various departments to begin exploring the possibility of allowing urban beekeeping within the City. I have included a copy of the the submitted motion for your benefit.  This is the first of many steps in the legislative process, but we wanted to share our progress and keep you up to date.”

- Emmett McOsker, Legislative Intern
Office of Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, City of Los Angeles, 11th District

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May 3, 2012: 
Forsyth County Board of Commissioners votes 4 to 1 to
Allow BEEKEEPING in ALL ZONING DISTRICTS with NO RESTRICTIONS

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Honeylove succeeds in creating beekeeping buzz in Silver Lake

“Last night, Silver Lake joined the growing ranks of L.A.’s neighborhood councils that favor legalized beekeeping. Mar Vista, Del Rey, Greater Griffith Park, South Robertson, and Silver Lake have each now signed on to resolutions supporting “the legalization of urban beekeeping in Los Angeles and urges all City of Los Angeles Council Members to direct the City Planning Department to revise codes to allow residents to keep honeybees as part of an effort to ensure the survival of this vital species.”

In its statement of support, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council cited “increased pollination of backyard fruit trees, a healthier environment and a microbusiness opportunity for Los Angeles residents.” Reason against: “Approximately 2 percent of the population has the susceptibility to anaphylactic shock caused by bee venom which can be life threatening and necessitate emergency treatment.”

Maybe it’s not surprising that Silver Lake loves beekeeping. An at-large rep and outreach committee member, Leonardo Chalupowicz, lists himself as “a local LEED accredited architect, artist, and amateur beekeeper.” But it probably wouldn’t have happened without Honeylove. They argue all over town that the city is the last refuge for the honeybee.

I profiled the fledgling almost-not-quite-in-process nonprofit Honeylove last September. Chelsea & Rob McFarland say they’re still working on their nonprofit status, but they’ve got more momentum in more parts of town (and a new website) to back them up. Next up for Honeylove and bee-lovin’ bee-lievers of Los Angeles: they’ll amass at the neighborhood council meeting for Hollywood United on Monday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. After that, it’s Studio City in April.”

[click here to read the full article on scpr.org]

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Bethel Metz: HONEY BEE VICTORY IN PORT WASHINGTON, WISCONSIN!!!

“We did it!!! We accomplished the seemingly never-ending task of getting the City of Port Washington to pass the urban beekeeping ordinance! After 3 months of hard work, Ordinance #2012-1 passed unanimously last night. While this means absolutely nothing to some people and very little to most others, and while I am not “changing the world,” after battling for over 3 months to get this changed, this huge victory in my little corner of the world means everything to me because it literally has been my world. So as insignificant as this may be to people, please allow me to celebrate for a few days because we quite literally accomplished the impossible.”

[click here to read the associated article on patch.com]

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LEGALIZATION UPDATE: 
DEL REY = ANOTHER VICTORY FOR THE BEES!!

Del Rey: Approved motion to support pilot program (December 2011)

Mar Vista: Approved motion to support pilot program (November 2011)

Santa Monica: LEGALIZED!!! (December 2010)

UP NEXT:
South Robertson Neighborhoods Council
Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council
(Venice & Culver City coming soon…)

MOTION:
“The board therefore recommends the implementation of a Beekeeping Pilot Program in to test safety and develop best practices for future expansion. We urge the City of LA to adopt a policy that includes conditions relating to maintenance, location, registration and notification to assure for the safety of all residents which may result in the continued preservation of quality of life and preservation of single-family residential districts.”

Click here to view resources to help legalize urban beekeeping in YOUR community!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed10fM-hjnc

“Just Like Honey” – The Jesus & Mary Chain

Listen to the girl
As she takes on half the world
Moving up and so alive
In her honey dripping beehive

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Huffington Post Article:

Kosher Honey: Making It a Sweet Rosh Hashanah With Bees


“At no time during my experience in a New York City rabbinical school did I think I would ever be donning full beekeeper regalia and watching as thousands of bees made honey on a farm in Michigan’s Amish country. But that is precisely what I found myself doing for the first time this past spring.

In addition to learning about the honey-making process, I’ve also learned about colony collapse disorder, the unexplained phenomenon of worker bees disappearing from hives causing a shortage of bee honey in recent years. I learned this from Don and Carol Ragan, a lovely couple who own the Windmill Hill Farm in Croswell (located in the “thumb” of Michigan). Carol first contacted me in February immediately after reading an article in the Detroit Free Press about Kosher Michigan, the kosher certification agency I started. She wanted to know what was involved in obtaining certification for her bee honey.

I told her that I would have to get back to her because I really wasn’t sure what it took to certify bee honey as kosher. The mere fact that bee honey is kosher is itself odd. After all, it is a product of the non-kosher bee (no insects except for certain locust species are deemed kosher by the Torah). So, how can a product of a non-kosher animal be kosher? It is believed that honey is kosher since it is produced outside of the body of the bee. But that isn’t totally true. In actuality, bees suck nectar from flowers with their proboscis (mouth) and this nectar mixes with saliva and is swallowed into the honey sac, where enzymes from the saliva break down the nectar into honey. The nectar is never digested, but rather transformed into honey by the saliva. The honey is regurgitated when the bee returns to the hive and the water is evaporated, thereby thickening it into honey which is then sealed in the honeycomb. The rabbis of the Talmud explain that bee honey is kosher since it is not an actual secretion of the bee, but rather the bee functions as a carrier and facilitator of the honey-making process.

All of this is interesting because honey is a staple food of the Jewish New Year’s holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which begins this year on Wednesday, Sept. 28… Among the familiar traditions of Rosh Hashanah are the dipping of apple slices in honey and eating honey cake…

“We’re passionate about making honey,” said Carol Ragan. “When we first discovered hives on our Croswell farm we were excited to experiment with making honey. We never realized how much we would come to enjoy it or how much of a market there is for honey products.”

Even with colony collapse disorder, beekeeping is on the rise throughout the country. New York City legalized recreational beekeeping last year, and even Michelle Obama had a beehive installed outside the White House.

…While the Bible describes Israel as “the land flowing with milk and honey,” it was more than likely referring to date honey. Bees were not common in Israel thousands of years ago, but today Israel has about 500 beekeepers with approximately 90,000 beehives that produce more than 3,500 tons of honey annually.

The basis of using honey in baked goods and dipping apples into honey on Rosh Hashanah is to have a sweet year. While the secular New Year is kicked off with toasts of champagne, the Jewish New Year is launched with the sweet taste of honey. And maybe a little sugar high too.”

[Click here to read the full article on HuffingtonPost.com]

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VIDEO: Brooklyn’s Urban Beekeepers: Breaking The Law For The Planet

HELP US TO LEGALIZE URBAN BEEKEEPING IN LOS ANGELES!!!
Link to our petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/help-legalize-beekeeping-in-mar-vista

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