LACBA Meeting: Monday, March 5, 2018

Our next meeting will be held Monday, March 5, 2018.
Open Board Meeting: 6:30PM
General Meeting: 7:00PM
Mount Olive Lutheran Church (Shilling Hall)
3561 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, CA 91214

Meetings of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association are open to the public. All are welcome!


March 5, 2018

1.  Committee meeting  6:30PM

a.  By Laws. Mary Ann Soifer?

b.  Membership. Cheryl

c.  Education. Linda heading up 5 volunteers

d.  Website. Eva new website?

e.  Fair. Cindy

f.  Correspondence

g.  Mentoring ?

h.  Beekeeping 101?

2.  Monthly meeting 7:00PM

a.  Welcome

b.  Flag Salute

c.  Introduce the board

d.  Select Raffle ticket seller, index cards for questions

e.  New Members and/or guests

f.  Thank Doug Noland  for the treat du jour

g.  Old business

.  Treasurer's Report
.  Package bees coming in April for Fair volunteers
.  Committee report / formation

1.  By Laws
2.  Membership
3.  Education
4.  Website
5.  Fair. Literature?
6.  Corresponcence?
7.  Mentoring?
8.  Beekeeping 101.

a.  Feb we had 250 people attend with 137 new memberships. Tried a rotation of groups around stations, as Pomona’s Mark Haag does, seemed to work better that an amphitheater classroom type setting. 

b.  In the future, we will need more volunteers to move the groups around so that all stations are seen.

h.  Topic: Almond Pollination

.  Who has gone to central valley to experience Almond Pollination?  Eva, Robert, Bill.
.  Then, who relies on pollination fees?  Shawn, Dave, Keith, Bill, Jeremy, ElRay who else?
.  If you want to experience this, ask one of these people if you can come to pick the bees up. Some have full trucks but others not.

i.   Announcements

j.   Convention Reports- part 3

k.  New Business?

l.  Seasonal Update:

.  What are you doing this time of year, what do you see in your hives?
.  What is flowering? Instagram, observations + samples. . .

m.  Q&A- pass index cards forward

n.  Review agenda and goals for next month –

o.  Raffle

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 begins Sunday, February 18, 2018, 9AM-Noon, at The Valley Hive

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Assocition Beekeeping Class 101
Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 9:00AM-Noon, at The Valley Hive.

Get there early so you can find a place to park. Bring a chair, and paper and pencil for taking notes.

Beekeeping Class 101 is the entire session of beekeeping classes: February through October 2018 (No class in September). We highly suggest you begin in February and continue through all the classes. Although you are welcome to come in the middle of the season of classes, you will have missed out on valuable information.

All the information you need in order to attend our Beekeeping Class 101 is posted on our website: /beekeeping-classes-losangeles/. We do not send out notifications of changes in dates, schedule, times, locations. The first two classes will be held at: 10538 Topanga Canyon, Chatsworth, CA. The location for the rest of the classes TBD.

Beekeeping - What You Need to Start Keeping Bees!

Bill's Bees     By Bill Lewis     February 4, 2018

In March and April you’ll be picking up your bees (hope you’ve got your bee order in, they’re going fast!). Below are some things to consider and plan for before you pick up your bees.

Location, Location, Location:

A location in the open, preferably with a southern or easterly exposure, for maximum sunshine throughout the day.

Away from animals and children, not along a foot path, or where there is direct traffic. 

Protected by a barrier (approx. 2 feet from - and facing a hill or wall) from wind, streets, etc. This will also force the bees to fly up and over cars, people, etc., thus causing them to be less of a nuisance and helping them to stay alive.

Ease of access (you don’t want to be lifting heavy supers of honey up and down stairs or across rocky fields).

What the bees will need:

A safe, natural habitat with a source for nectar and pollen. A typical honey bee colony forages more than 80,000 square yards to find plants and flowers with sufficient nectar (honey) the bees' source for energy and pollen (essential in brood rearing) the bees' source of carbohydrates. 

A nearby source of fresh water (within ¼ mile) so they don’t use the neighbor’s swimming pool. This can be a tank or barrel of water with rocks or floating boards or cork for the bees to land on. 

A safe, comfortable, home to live in. 

We suggest you buy a couple of good beekeeping books and read them all the way through, twice.

Book Suggestions:

Beekeeper’s Handbook 

Keeping Bees in Towns & Cities

How to Keep Bees & Sell Honey

Beekeeping for Dummies

Basic Essentials List for Beginning Beekeepers:

The Hive - Langstroth (from the bottom up):

Hive Stand - This is a platform to keep the hive off the ground. It improves circulation, reduces dampness in the hive, and helps keep ants, bugs, leaves, and debris from getting into the hive. It can be made of anything solid enough to support the weight of a full beehive. Wooden hive stands are available for sale but bricks, concrete blocks, pallets, and found lumber are just as good. It’s helpful to place the legs of the stand in cans filled with used motor oil to deter ants from climbing up the legs and into the hive. The stand should be strong enough to support one hive or a number of colonies. What is important to remember is that the hive needs to be at least 6 inches off the ground.

Bottom Board - Is placed on top of the hive stand and is the floor of the hive. Bees use it as a landing board and a place to take off from. 

Entrance Reducer - Is basically a stick of wood used to reduce the size of the entrance to the hive. It helps deter robbing.

Hive Boxes/Supers - Come in three sizes: deep, medium and shallow. Traditionally, 2 deep boxes have been used as brood chambers with 3 or 4 or more boxes (medium or shallow) on top as needed for honey storage. Many beekeepers use all medium boxes throughout the hive. This helps reduce the weight of each box for lifting. If you have back problems or are concerned about heavy lifting, you could even use shallow boxes all throughout the hive. So, 6 boxes as a minimum for deep and medium. More if you wanted to use only shallow boxes. You will only need two boxes to start out, adding boxes as needed for extra room and honey storage.

Frames and Foundation - For each box you have for your hive, you will need 10 frames that fit that box. Frames can be wooden with beeswax foundation or all plastic with a light coating of beeswax. The bees don't care and will use both equally well. Foundation is intended to give the bees a head start on their comb building and helps minimize cross comb building that makes it difficult to remove and inspect. You can buy all beeswax foundation or plastic foundation with a thin coat of beeswax applied to it. Alternatively, you can provide empty frames and let the bees build their comb from scratch but that can be a bit tricky and it takes the bees longer to get established. 

Top Cover: The top cover can be as simple as a flat sheet of plywood. We prefer the top covers made with laminated pieces to make a flat board and extra cross bracing to help hold the board flat for years. Plywood tends to warp over time. You can also use a telescoping cover, but they require an additional inner cover. 

Paint - All parts of your hive that are exposed to the weather should be painted with (2 coats) of a non-toxic paint. Do not paint the inside of the hive or the entrance reducer. Most hives are painted white to reflect the sun, but you can use any light colors. Painting your hives different colors may help reduce drift between the colonies. If your hive will not be in your own bee yard, you may want to paint your name and phone number on the side of the hive.

Tools & Supplies:

bee brushBee Brush - A beekeeper needs a brush to gently move the bees from an area of observation when looking for a queen and when harvesting frames of honey. Use a brush that has long, soft, flexible, yellow bristles. Don’t use a dark, stiff brush with animal hair, or a paint brush.

duct tapeDuct Tape - You’ll have lots of uses for duct tape, might want to keep it handy.                                                                                                                                                   

Hive Tool - A hive tool is the most useful piece of beekeeping equipment. It can be used to pry up the inner cover, pry apart frames, scrape and clean hive parts, scrape wax and propolis out of the hive, nail the lid shut, pull nails, and scrape bee stingers off skin. The hive tool has two parts: the wedge or blade and the handle. Hive tools are often fitted with brightly-colored, plastic-coated handles which helps the beekeeper locate the hive tool while working.

FeederFeeder - You may want to have a feeder with sugar syrup to give your new bees a boost in their new home. Its the helping hand they need to get started building comb.

SmokerSmoker - Examining a hive is much easier when you use a smoker. Use it to puff smoke into the entrance before opening the hive and to blow smoke over the frames once the hive is opened. This helps the beekeeper to manage the bees. Cool smoke helps to settle the bees. Smoking the bees initiates a feeding response causing preparation to possibly leave the hive due to a fire. The smoke also masks the alarm pheromone released by the colony’s guard bees when the hive is opened and manipulated. Smoke must be used carefully. Too much can drive bees from the hive. A smoker is basically a metal can with a bellows and a spout attached to it. We prefer to use a smoker with a wire cage around it. A large smoker is best as it keeps the smoke going longer. It can be difficult to keep a smoker lit (especially for new beekeepers). Practice lighting and maintaining the smoker. Burlap, rotted wood shavings, pine needles, eucalyptus, cardboard, and cotton rags are good smoker fuels.

Protective Clothing:

Bee suitBee Suit - For the best protection, full bee suits are recommended. But whether or not a suit is used, a beekeeper's clothing should be white or light in color (bees generally do not like dark colors and will attack dark objects). Avoid woolen and knit material. You will want to wear clothing both that will protect you and you don’t mind getting stained (bees produce waste that shows up as yellowish marks on your clothing). You’ll want to close off all potential to getting stung by wearing high top boots or tucking your pants into your socks and securing your cuffs with rubber bands or duct tape.

Bee Gloves - Long, leather, ventilated gloves with elastic on the sleeves help protect the hands and arms from stings.

Hat and Veil - Even the most experienced beekeepers wear a hat and veil to protect their head, face, and eyes from bee stings. Wire veils keep bees farther away from the face than those made of cloth. Black veiling is generally easier to see through. Make sure the veil extends down below and away from your neck.

That’s it!

Once you have all you need, expenses can be kept to a minimum. With the right care, equipment, tools, and clothing will last a long time. If your hive becomes overcrowded, just add another box or two. Or, you may find you’ll want to split your hive – then you’ll have two! If honey is overflowing, just add another box or two. And, great! – You’ll have lots of yummy honey!!

A note on protective clothing: There was a time when we could safely visit our bees wearing little protective clothing. With the arrival of Africanized honey bees into the Southern states, we've come to realize the potential danger of an aggressive hive and have learned to exercise caution when approaching our bees. A once gentle hive could be invaded and taken over by a small aggressive swarm in a few days. These bees are unpredictable and vigorously defend their hives. Protective clothing such as a bee suit, veil and gloves will help keep stings to a minimum in the bee yard if worn correctly. As beekeepers, it is our responsibility to help curtail the danger to our bees, ourselves, and others. At Bill's Bees, we practice responsible beekeeping for an urban environment.

Here’s a list of suppliers:

Los Angeles Honey Company 
Dadant & Sons 
Mann Lake Ltd. 
Walter T. Kelley Co.
The Valley Hive

We primarily work with the Langstroth hive but you can also use the Top Bar Hive or the Warre Hive. We'll be happy to share our experience with these two styles of hives, as well. 

For many years, Bill's Bees held the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101 at our apiary in Little Tujunga Canyon. The class grew from under 20 newbees in 2010 to nearly 200 in 2016. Since we no longer have our location in Little Tujunga Canyon, the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101 is being held at The Valley Hive. You can fine information about the classes on the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101 website and LACBA Facebook page.

Reminder - Get your bees now. You don't want to be bee-less come bee season. Bill's Bees Sells Bees in Complete Hives - Medium Box SpecialDeep BoxPackagesNucs, and Italian Queens. Our bees have known gentle genetics and are great for commercial and backyard beekeeping. 

Happy bee-ing!

Thank you, 
Bill Lewis
Bill's Bees

(Bill Lewis, owner of Bill's Bees, is a current member and former president of the California State Beekeepers Association and the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. Bill has been keeping bees for nearly 40 years.)

LACBA Meeting June 6, 2016

Next Meeting: Monday, June 6, 2016 
Time: Doors Open: 6:45pm/Starts: 7:00pm 
Location:  Mount Olive Lutheran Church
                 3561 Foothill Boulevard
                 La Crescenta, CA 91214
                       (In Shilling Hall)

Join us for our monthly LACBA Meeting. Come, learn about bees! All are welcome!

LACBA Meeting: March 7, 2016

Join us for the next meeting of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association 
Date: Monday, March 7, 2016. Doors open: 6:45pm / Meeting Starts: 7:00pm Location: Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 3561 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta, CA 91214 Come, learn about bees! All are welcome! /meetings/

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 - Full Schedule for 2016

The Full Schedule for the 2016 Season of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101 is now available. It's a great class, you won't want to miss it, and it's available to everyone! We teach responsible beekeeping for an urban environment. So if you are now or would like to be a Backyard Beekeeper, you'll love this class. If you're already an experienced beekeeper, then you know there's always more to learn about bees. Hope to see you at our first class, Sunday, February 21, 9am-noon at Bill's Bees Bee Yard. /beekeeping-classes-losangeles/

Urban Beekeeping: What's the Buzz About?

KCET SoCal Connected  Air Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 8:00PM

For the first time in more than a century, the Los Angeles City Council officially legalized urban beekeeping in single family homes in October 2015, catching up with cities like Santa Monica, New York, and Santa Barbara in permitting backyard beekeeping.

But now, what will it take to create a new generation of beekeepers? Can computers and smartphone apps help make the traditional task of beekeeping more inviting?

There's no question that backyard beehives face multiple challenges. One expert, Kelton Temby, calls them the four P's: Pests, pesticides, poor management, and pathogens. He has come up with a high-tech monitor to gauge the health of beehives remotely. What does this technology have to offer aspiring beekeepers?

In this segment of "SoCal Connected," reporter Cara Santa Maria introduces us to beekeepers from Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and finds out what backyard beekeeping is doing to support the honey bees of Southern California.

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 Begins Sunday, February 21, 9AM-Noon, at Bill's Bees Bee Yard.

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 begins Sunday, February 21, 9AM-Noon, at Bill's Bees Bee Yard.Topic: Introduction to Beekeeping Equipment, Locating a Hive, Rules and Regulations in LA County. 


Bill's Bees Bee Yard
12640 Little Tujunga Blvd.
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
Tel: 818-312-1691

LACBA Meeting Monday, January 4, 2016

Next Meeting: Monday, January 4, 2016 
Time: Doors Open: 6:45pm/Starts: 7:00pm 
Location:  Mount Olive Lutheran Church  (In Shilling Hall), 3561 Foothill Boulevard, La Crescenta, CA 91214  
For more info: /meetings/
Come, learn about honey bees. All are Welcome!!!


Honeybees at Work

Los Angeles Daily News    By Suzanne Sproul   December 7, 2015 

Honeybees at work producing honey combs in the “hive body” at the La Canada Flintridge home of Max DeBrouwer. Worker honeybees raised during the spring or summer months may live for 6 or 7 weeks. Their lives are especially busy, with lots of hungry larvae to feed, and honeycomb to be produce. (Photo by James Carbone for the Los Angeles Daily News) Have you heard the latest buzz? Los Angeles has laid out the backyard welcome mat for honeybees.

Urban beekeepers couldn’t be happier. After several years of discussion, lawmakers recently joined an increasing number of cities, including Santa Monica, Redondo Beach and Culver City, in attempts to help protect them.

Honeybee fans are thrilled, but some people still worry about safety concerns, particularly for those with bee allergies. The new ordinance requires urban beekeepers to register their hives with Los Angeles County, regulates their distance from property boundaries and nearby streets and calls for them to be kept high above ground and surrounded by a structure, such as a wall or hedge. Typically, only two hives would be allowed at a residence. 

“We are very happy that more people and cities are recognizing the importance of honeybees, but everyone should know they’re already here. On average in Los Angeles, there are nine to 11 colonies per square mile. The honeybees live in attics, trees and everywhere, so it’s not that we’re bringing in more. We’re simply trying to protect the ones here,” said Chelsea McFarland, an urban beekeeper along with her husband and the chief executive officer of HoneyLove, a nonprofit in Santa Monica.

Bees pollinate about 80 percent of plants, which directly impacts the community. 

“If you want a green city, we need beekeepers and a place to keep bees,” she said.

Organic gardening and providing backyard pollinator gardens rich with plenty of bee-friendly plants such as sage, goldenrod, lilac and lavender will help.

Maxime DeBrouwer of La Cañada Flintridge is a relative newcomer to beekeeping, but he’s a huge fan.

“My friend Paul (Hekimian) got me interested. He came over when we were having a party and brought a whole frame of honey which he harvested and gave to everyone at the party. He then told us how easy it is and offered to give us a hive, which he rescued through HoneyLove,” DeBrouwer said. “We love honey, heard about the die-off of bees and wanted our kids to learn about them. I then bought some books and went to a local beekeepers’ meeting that turned out to be down the street from my house. I was surprised to find 100 people at that meeting.” 

Paul Hekimian isn’t so surprised at the interest. The Santa Monica man is a second-generation beekeeper.

“I learned from my dad, but then got away from it until a few years ago when my son found an open-air hive in the backyard. We rescued the bees and now care for them as a hobby,” he said, adding that he bottles the honey to give as gifts to friends.

DeBrouwer understands the concerns about stings and allergies but believes if people really knew how important bees and the many misconceptions there are about them, many fears would disappear. 

“We find bees so fascinating and love watching them and learning. My daughter Alexa loves to handle them and has written stories about it at school. My younger daughter Maya loves to brag that she has 10,000 pets. Honeybees are quite calm and friendly.”

Beekeepers are quick to point out that many individuals confuse honeybees with yellow jackets or wasps, both of which are more aggressive.

“Bees do all the hard work,” McFarland said. “And we get to enjoy their labors. We should be good stewards and help maintain colonies.” 

One solution to help ease fears, he said, would be to attend a beekeepers’ meeting and learn more.

“It’s very easy. Just go to a club meeting and learn and then take the plunge and get a hive once you learn the basics.”

Erik Knutsen enjoys nature and gardening and did just that. The Silver Lake man already kept chickens so he said he thought he’d research beekeeping. He liked what he discovered.

“Working with them is magical,” he said. “You get a front seat to some miracles of nature.”

His understanding of the beneficial relationships between Mother Nature, man and bees has increased, and he hopes others will learn more, too. 

HoneyLove is a Southern California nonprofit that began in 2011. Its goal is to educate the public about honeybees and to raise awareness about their importance. Bees actually are an essential part of the food chain through pollination of crops, gardens and flowers. According to the USDA, bees help produce about one-third of what is eaten. HoneyLove believes cities, now including Los Angeles, represent the last refuge for honeybees.

There are several groups in the area that provide classes, workshops and meetings for those interested in beekeeping. They include the Beekeepers Association of Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties), which normally meets at the La Mirada Civic Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada; the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, which dates back to 1873 when it held its first meeting in El Monte and offers “Beekeeping 101” classes starting in February; and HoneyLove, a nonprofit group based in Santa Monica.

Bees for Sale - Order Now for 2016

Pre-Order your Bee Packages and Nucs by December 31, 2015 and save money. It's never too early to order your bees for 2016. Prices will increase January 1st. Bee Packages and Nucs will be available for pick up mid April. PLEASE NOTE: We do NOT ship our bees!

Our Italian Honey Bees are gentle, easy to work with, and build up abundantly for pollination and honey making. If you are just beginning beekeeping, or already an urban beekeeper, these bees are perfect for you. The known gentle genetics of our Italian Honey Bees make them ideal for Backyard Beekeeping in Los Angeles.

2015 has been our best and busiest year ever for Beekeeping Class 101, and the request for bees has increased. Don't be disappointed and come into bee season bee-less! You can order online HERE.  


Backyard Beekeeping in City of Los Angeles: Signed, Approved - Effective December 6, 2015

City of Los Angeles City Council  From Katherine Peterson    November 12, 2015

The Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance (Council File: 12-0785) was passed by the City of Los Angeles City Council on October 14, 2015, and signed and approved by Mayor Garcetti on October 26, 2015. This ordinance becomes effective on December 6, 2015.

Attached, you'll find the signed ordinance document, which can also be found in the Council File index, and on our website:, under "Ordinances".

Thank you for your interest and involvement in the development of this ordinance to allow beekeeping in more areas throughout our city, supporting the bee population and our local food system.

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

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

Read at:

Backyard Beekeeping in LA City: August 25, PLUM Committee of City Council

What's Next: 

Date: August 25, 2015  Time: 2:30 p.m.

Where:  Room 350 (third floor), City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The next step will be to present the proposed Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance provisions to the Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) of the City Council:

To check the agenda online for this PLUM meeting, once it is posted, please go to: PLUM reviews all planning-related matters. This is a public hearing, and there will be an opportunity for the public to submit public comment in writing or verbally. The next step after this meeting will be presentation to the full City Council at a later date.
As you know, the City Planning Commission approved the proposed Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance provisions at their regular meeting on May 14, 2015, and recommended to the City Council that it adopt the backyard beekeeping ordinance as shown on Appendix A of the Staff Report ( Audio of the CPC meeting on May 14, 2015 is available online:

Sweet! Los Angeles is Closer to Legalizing Beekeeping

The Los Angeles Times   By Kerry Cavanaugh  May 14, 2015

Rob McFarland holds a frame of honey bees. (LA Times)
Los Angeles is getting closer to legalizing backyard beekeeping and the proposed ordinance couldn’t come at a better time.
The more healthy bees in the environment, the better for everyone.-  

Professional beekeepers reported this week that 42% of their honeybees died in the last year, and, for the first time, they lost more bees during the summer than the winter. That’s surprising and worrisome because bees typically suffer in the cold weather, but fare better during the warm pollination season. And it underscores fears that parasites, pesticides and farming practices might be weakening the bee population, which is essential for pollinating the nation’s food crops.

Backyard beekeeping can’t replace commercial beekeeping operations, but the urban honeybees may help replenish the diminishing supply, or provide disease-resistant genes that can be introduced in the commercial bee lines. The more healthy bees in the environment, the better for everyone.


Current city law prohibits beekeeping, except on land zoned for agricultural uses. The proposed ordinance, approved Thursday by the city Planning Commission, would allow beekeeping by right in single-family neighborhoods. The resident would need to register as a beekeeper with the Los Angeles County agriculture commissioner, have no more than one hive per 2,500 square feet of lot, keep the hives at least five feet from the neighbors' yards and 20 feet from the street or sidewalk and keep a source of water for the bees so they don’t seek water from the neighbors' swimming pool or bird bath. There’s no pre-approval needed, but the city will respond to complaints and if residents break the rules or can’t manage their bees, the city can revoke the right to keep hives.

The City Council still needs to OK the new backyard beekeeping policy before it can take effect, but city leaders have been supportive of urban agriculture. And why not? L.A. has the ideal climate and long growing seasons. The city has hillsides, vacant lots and yards that can support small farms and hobby farmers. A vegetable garden or orchard is a more productive use of our precious water supply than a green lawn. And more fruits and vegetables grown locally mean less produce has to be trucked and shipped over great distance, meaning fresher food and less fossil fuels burned in transport.

Read at:

LA City Planning Commission Approves Ordinance for Backyard Beekeeping

Today the LA City Planning Commission approved the ordinance for Backyard Beekeeping in the City of Los Angeles. Very strong beekeeping turnout at the city planning commission. Some 30 people spoke in public comments for it. Thank you to the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association and HoneyLove View Ordinance: https://www.dropbox.c…/CPC%20Beekeepingom/%20Staff%20Report…

Beekeeping Class 101 Begins February 15, 2015

Beekeeping Class 101: 2105 Season begins Sunday, February 15, 2015

2015 Beekeeping Class 101 Schedule
  Feb. 15March 15April 19May 17June 14July 19Aug. 16Oct. 11
Please visit our Beekeeping Class 101 page for further information.


Cost: Beekeeping Class 101 is free to LACBA members. Membership is $10/year per household. New members are welcome to join at the classes.

Dates:  Classes are held on Sundays only. The first class will be held on Sunday, February 15, 2014.
Then March 15April 19May 17June 14July 19Aug. 16Oct. 11.

Time: Classes held at 9am-noon. 

Registration: You do not need to call, email, facebook or contact us in advance to register for class. Just show up. It is not required that you attend all the classes but it is suggested you do in order to get the most benefit out of learning to work with bees. 

What You'll Need: Bee suits not required for the first class, which is the class in February. We suggest you wait until after the first beekeeping class (the February class) before you purchase bee suits and equipment. That way you won't purchase what you don't need. You may also want to bring materials for taking notes. The first class (February 15) and the second class (March 15) you will not need a bee suit. (ALL THE REST OF THE CLASSES REQUIRE BEE SUITS, GLOVES, HATS, VEIL, STURDY SHOES.) 

Location of All Classes (Except the 2nd class):
Bill's Bees Bee Yard
12640 Little Tujunga Blvd.
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
Tel: 818-312-1691

The second class which will bee March 15th will be at:
The Valley Hive
9633 Baden Ave.,
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Google Map/Directions

Note:  Access to Bill's place requires crossing a stream bed (crossable by car) but be prepared for dirt roads. Arrive 15 minutes early to check-in so we can get started on time. 

Beekeeping Class 101

Public Hearing Notice: Backyard Beekeeping Draft Ordinance

All interested persons are invited to attend a public hearing for a proposed City of Los Angeles Zoning Code amendment to allow backyard beekeeping in single-family residential zones. At the hearing, you may listen, speak, or submit written information related to the proposed ordinance. This is the first in a series of public hearings regarding this proposed ordinance as it moves on to the City Planning Commission, Planning and Land Use Management committee of the City Council, and City Council.

PLACE: Los Angeles City Hall, Room 1010, 10th Floor – 200 N. Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
TIME: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Please see the link below to the public hearing notice, Q&A and draft ordinance for more information.

Public Hearing Notice