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VICTORY IN REDONDO BEACH, CALIFORNIA!!
by Ed Garcia

Before last night’s city council meeting, bees were categorized as a de-facto “nuisance” by the municipal code. Last night that changed :) A group of BBK’s came to the city council meeting to support my petition for a permit allowing me to keep a hive and in a team effort we were able to persuade the city council to get with the times and allow individuals to keep bees. Thank you all so much for making this happen. 

After a very lengthy meeting that started at 6PM, our issue finally came to the floor at nearly 10 PM. Representatives from Redondo Beach Animal Control summarized their position which was formally submitted in a 12 page report. In essence they were agreeable to granting the permit subject to a variety of requirements, including the approval of my neighbors. 

Then it was our turn. Members of the city council asked a variety of questions that we were able to answer based on the knowledge that we’ve absorbed through BBK and our individual experiences with the bees. It all wrapped nicely at the end when the city council unanimously agreed to adopt the measure that in essence removed bees from the list of “nuisances” and allowed individuals to keep bees. Additionally, the city council agreed to remove the requirement of “approval by neighbors” and even to lower the fee for the permit that was proposed by animal control. In all I would say it was a victory for all beekeepers. 

I would like to acknowledge all the support and guidance provided by Kirk, the use of the material compiled by Rob and Chelsea [HoneyLove] and the fine example they set with their efforts in Mar Vista, the enthusiasm and participation of Susan, Roberta, Dennis and Randy. You guys Rock!

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FEATURED BEEKEEPER: 
Ed (Redondo Beach, CA)

Ed, a member of Backwards Beekeepers, is a man on a mission. His first encounter with bees came when a hive set up shop in his property. Not knowing his options, Ed had an exterminator out to get rid of the bees – a decision that haunts him to this day. As a gardener and wildlife lover, Ed set out to find a better option, a way to redeem himself. 

After some googling, Ed found the Backwards Beekeepers and the rest is history. He’s got bee fever as bad as anyone. 

In addition to going out and rescuing bees himself, Ed made friends with an exterminator who he convinced to do live captures. She now drops off at least three swarms a week. Ed basically runs a bee orphanage – connecting people who need bees with bees in need. 

Today we scooped up three swarms from him – two of which went to a new home in Laguna Beach 

The third of Ed’s rescues went to newbie beek Mark in Woodland Hills. 

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