'To Bee Or Not To Bee?': The Buzz On Beekeeping

'To Bee Or Not To Bee?': The Buzz On Beekeeping

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The puns were spitting out faster than two bees in search of a wildflower! Councilman Paul Koretz asks "To bee or not to bee? That is the question" while Councilman Mitchell Englander blurts out if the council doesn't pass a resolution to study legalizing "backyard beekeeping" it could be viewed as "buzz kill" and may "come back to sting us."

Bee-puns were buzzing all over LA City Council Chambers as they took the first step to amend the city code that would allow urban beekeeping in LA. Changing the city code is a process that could take up to a year, but Chelsea MacFarland with bee advocate Honeylove says she's been working 3 years to get the council to eliminate the city's prohibition on urban beekeeping. She couldn't be happier with today's 15-0 vote ordering a study of the pros and cons.

Santa Monica legalized urban beekeeping three years ago. Homeowner Paul Hekinian is happy they did. He has hives in his backyard. Each box has approximately 20,000 honey bees that produce a lot of wax and about 50 pounds of honey a year. Hekinian hopes Los Angeles will follow Santa Monica's lead and legalize urban beekeeping.

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