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L.A. City Hall buzz: Backyard beekeeping should be legalized

L.A. City Hall buzz: Backyard beekeeping should be legalized

Los Angeles lawmakers voted Wednesday in favor of making backyard beekeeping legal in the city, part of a growing urban reaction to the dwindling honeybee population. Beekeeping isn’t allowed in residential zones under existing city codes, according to planning officials. But the practice has grown among Angelenos concerned about the survival of honeybees. Scientists warn that shrinking populations of the pollinators -- linked to pesticides, climate change and disease -- could threaten apples, almonds and a host of other important crops. “We want to enable this increasingly popular activity even while we preserve the rights of the city to address any complaints about poorly...

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