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Welcome to the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association!

For over 130 years the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association has been serving the Los Angeles Beekeeping Community. Our group membership is composed of commercial and small scale beekeepers, bee hobbyists, and bee enthusiasts. So whether you came upon our site by design or just 'happened' to find us - welcome! Our primary purpose is the care and welfare of the honeybee. We achieve this through education of ourselves and the general public, supporting honeybee research, and practicing responsible beekeeping in an urban environment. 

"The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others."        Saint John Chrysostom

Next LACBA Meeting:  Monday, October 5, 2015. Open: 6:45P.M./Start: 7:00P.M.  All are welcome! We will not have an LACBA meeting in September. LACBA members will be volunteering at the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair. Come, see us at the fair!

Beekeeping Class 101:
  Our next class is Sunday, October 11, 2015 (9am-Noon) at Bill's Bees Bee Yard. Class #7: More Lessons in Hive Management and Keeping Bees Alive During the Dearth. Learn responsible beekeeping for an urban environment. BEE SUITS REQUIRED. You won't want to miss it! 

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LA County Fair Bee Booth - Set Up Weekend - Day 2

Thank you to all the Beekeepers for helping to get the Bee Booth ready, set, and up and flying for Labor Day weekend! The LA County Fair: Sept 4-29 Wed-Sun (Labor Day weekend it's open Monday, too!).



LA County Fair Bee Booth - Set Up Weekend

All you LACBA and BASC members, it's LA County Fair Bee Booth set-up-time again - this Saturday and Sunday (Aug 29 & 30). It's so much fun! Come, BEE a part of the Bee Booth Hive!

Pomona Fairgrounds 
1101 West McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Here's some of the 'before' it's done pix. Thank you to all the hard working worker bees! Thanks to Jon Reese for the photos! 



Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance: PLUM Committee Moves Ordinance Forward To City Attorney

From: LA City Planning Committee   August 26, 2015
Katie is out on leave and I will be your point of contact regarding Backyard Beekeeping while she's away.
The Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) of the City Council approved the proposed Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance provisions at their regular meeting on August 25, 2015, and transmitted the Draft Ordinance to the City Attorney's Office with no amendments. The City Attorney's Office will now look over the Ordinance as to form and legality, and then transmit it back to the PLUMCommittee.
Audio of the PLUM meeting on August 24, 2015 is available online (at 2 hours 20 minutes): 
What's Next: 
City Attorney's Office transmits the final ordinance to PLUM, who will then forward it to the full City Council
The next step will be to wait for the City Attorney's Office to review the Ordinance for form and legality and transmit it back to the PLUMCommittee, who will then forward it to the full City Council. While the timeline for these steps is uncertain, the PLUM Committee stated their eagerness to see the Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance move through the process as quickly as possible, which was noted by the City Attorney.
We will notify you when the Ordinance has reached its next milestone. 
Thank You

Bee-Have So We Can Bee Have!

Western Apicultural Society Prez Beth Conrey did a TEDxtalk last year. And it's wonderful!

Published on Nov 7, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Beth Conrey, President of the Western Apicultural Society (WAS) explains how ecosystem biodiversity and worldwide food production are connected, which are both anchored by a healthy bee population.

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LA Council Committee Supports Urban Beekeeping Proposal    By Alexander Nguyen  August 25, 2015

A proposal to allow hobbyist beekeepers in Los Angeles to maintain hives in their backyards won the

support of the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee on Tuesday.

The panel approved a draft ordinance setting up rules for urban beekeeping, but under council rules, the City Attorney’s Office still needs to prepare a final version.

Councilman Jose Huizar, who chairs the Planning and Land Use Management Committee, said he plans to waive the ordinance out of committee once the final draft of the ordinance is prepared, so it will go directly to a vote by the full 15-member City Council.

Under the draft ordinance, beekeeping would only be allowed in certain areas of a single-family property, essentially restricted to the backyard.

The rules also call for beekeepers to raise walls or hedges that are high enough to keep bees within their hive area and to maintain a water source near the hives so the bees would not need to venture outside of the beekeeper’s backyard to get hydrated.

If the City Council approves the ordinance, Los Angeles would join Santa Monica in legalizing so-called “backyard” or “urban” beekeeping. The hobby also is allowed in other urban areas such as New York City and Denver.

The Los Angeles Planning Department and the City Attorney’s Office created the proposed rules after the City Council ordered a study last February into ways to legalize backyard beekeeping.

The council action came in response to a growing chorus of Angelenos advocating for “urban beekeeping,” including from some residents in the Mar Vista area who said increased beekeeping helps to fight a troubling, downward trend in the bee population that could threaten the health of local agriculture.

Some council members voiced concerns, however, that the bees could pose a danger to residents, with then-Councilman Bernard Parks referring to the National Geographic documentary “Attack of the Killer Bees,” about a dangerous variety of bees that appear to be encroaching into southern United States.

Planning officials who consulted bee experts over the last year wrote in a recent city report that the variety of honey bees used in beekeeping are “non-aggressive,” but may “sting in self-defense of their hive if it is approached.”

The report adds that when the bees leave their hives to collect food — potentially coming in contact with humans — they “do not become defensive or aggressive or have reason to sting.”

The report also noted that Los Angeles already averages about 8 to 10 feral bee hives per each square mile. The addition of backyard honey bees would not cause a shortage of bee food supply in the city due to the area’s steady climate, but if there were a shortage, the feral populations would likely leave the area to find alternative sources of food supply, according to the bee experts consulted by planning officials.

— City News Service

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