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March 3, 2012 | Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
Almond trees are exploding with pink and white blossoms across the vast Central Valley, marking the start of the growing season for California's most valuable farm export. Toiling among the blooms are the migrant workers that will make or break this year's crop: honeybees. The insects carry the pollen and genetic material needed to turn flowers into nuts as they flit from tree to tree. It's a natural process that no machine can replicate. But it can't be left to chance. Bees are too integral to the fortunes of California's nearly $3-billion-a-year almond industry.
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February 12, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
The Los Angeles City Council took its first step Wednesday to explore whether beekeeping should be allowed in residential zones, asking city staff to report back on the idea. Backyard beekeepers want Los Angeles to join New York, Santa Monica and other cities that allow residents to keep hives at home. Existing Los Angeles city codes do not allow beekeeping in residential zones, according to city planning officials. Beekeeping has nonetheless blossomed among Angelenos worried about the health of honeybees and devoted to urban farming.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | Emily Alpert Reyes
Backyard beekeepers are urging the city to allow Angelenos to keep hives at home, joining the ranks of cities such as New York and Santa Monica that already permit the practice in residential areas. The Los Angeles City Council is slated to vote Wednesday on whether to ask city officials to draw up a report on allowing beekeeping in residential zones, a possible first step toward permitting backyard beekeeping. Under Los Angeles city codes, beekeeping isn't allowed in residential zones, according to city planning officials.
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February 12, 2014 | Emily Alpert Reyes
Backyard beekeepers are urging the city to allow Angelenos to keep hives at home, joining the ranks of cities such as New York and Santa Monica that already permit the practice in residential areas. The Los Angeles City Council is slated to vote Wednesday on whether to ask city officials to draw up a report on allowing beekeeping in residential zones, a possible first step toward permitting backyard beekeeping. Under Los Angeles city codes, beekeeping isn't allowed in residential zones, according to city planning officials.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
When the Hives last played the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, the appearance could have been considered a victory lap for the band. It was 2003, and the practitioners of lean, fashionable rock 'n' roll had a year earlier seen their air-guitar-ready scolder "Hate to Say I Told You So" crack the top-100 on the U.S. pop charts. The success of the song ultimately led the band to a multi-album global deal with Universal Music U.K. said to be worth seven figures. Rock 'n' roll, it seemed, had been very, very good to the Hives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1985
A La Crescenta beekeeper who kept nine apiaries in Tujunga pleaded innocent Thursday in Municipal Court to charges that he failed to register his hives with the city. Nereu Da Silva, 56, claimed that he should be exempted from registering his apiaries because he keeps bees as a hobby, not as a commercial enterprise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2009 | Lori Kozlowski
Kirk Anderson bought his first honeybees from a Montgomery Ward catalog in 1970. The 3-pound cage came in the mail, and as he opened it and fed the bees sugar water, his lifelong passion with Apis mellifera began. Nearly 40 years later, Anderson, 61, calls himself an urban beekeeper, and he cares passionately enough about bees that he does house-call rescues throughout Los Angeles County. Anderson gets 20 calls a week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2012 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Rob McFarland was in his florally vivacious backyard, tending his vegetable plot, when he noticed some honeybees buzzing around a tree. A few minutes later some bees had become tens of thousands. "The sky was sort of darkened out," he recalled. "It was kind of a presence that I couldn't ignore. " McFarland, a social media entrepreneur and avid gardener, was intrigued by honeybees and aware that hives have been dying from a mysterious cause labeled colony collapse disorder.
NEWS
March 14, 1985
Thousands of bees, so stunned that they couldn't even sting, were left temporarily homeless in a most precarious place today when their hives fell off a truck and crashed onto the Foothill Freeway in La Canada-Flintridge. Sgt. Walt Nowakowski of the California Highway Patrol said it could have been a very dangerous situation if the weather had been hot what with countless angry bees taking out their wrath on passing commuters.
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February 1, 2009 | Garance Burke, Burke writes for the Associated Press.
Beekeepers battling a mysterious ailment that led to the disappearance of millions of honeybees now fear the sting of imported Australian bees that could out-compete their hives and may be carrying a deadly parasite unseen in the U.S. The Department of Agriculture has allowed shipments of Australian bees to resume despite concerns by some of its scientists. Australia had been sending the insects across the Pacific for four years to replace hives devastated by the perplexing colony collapse disorder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
When Max Wong first "outed" herself to her neighbors, she wondered when the police would be knocking on her door. Until then, she had kept her passion a secret. But Wong said most of her Mount Washington neighbors were simply puzzled. Beekeeping? Illegal? In Los Angeles? "It's the yummiest way of breaking the law," said Wong, one of the backyard beekeepers who is pushing for Los Angeles to allow apiaries in residential zones. In a city so proud of its orange trees and urban greenery, "beekeeping should never have been illegal," she said.
OPINION
December 27, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Los Angeles is honeybee heaven. The warm Southern California climate and long growing seasons provide year-round food for bees. The city's trees, flowers and flora are largely free of pesticides. It's the perfect place for backyard beekeeping - except that beekeeping is not legal here. That could soon change. A group of bee advocates and neighborhood councils has been lobbying the City Council to expressly allow beekeeping on single-family residential lots. Current law permits it only in areas zoned for agriculture.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Rob Rutherford looked up from his workbench, order receipts and debris from Hive Lighting's products strewn around his laptop. "The bulbs shipped," he said to business partner Jon Miller. Both grinned. More bulbs meant more business: new film, TV and commercial sets to be illuminated by Hive's energy-saving plasma lights, which represent a step forward in energy-efficient production. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments Hollywood has embraced the cause of environmental sensitivity.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2013 | By August Brown
Defeat doesn't come easy to the brash rock 'n' rollers in the Hives. But a Swedish court may have just one-upped them with a multimillion-dollar ruling in a strange case of management malpractice, according to the BBC and Radio Sweden.   The ruling orders the Hives to pay 18.5 million Swedish kronor (around $3 million U.S.) to another popular Swedish band, the pop-rock group the Cardigans. The two acts, along with several others, ran their band's finances out of a bookkeeping company based in Malmo, Sweden, called Tambourine Studios.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
This being Utah, the self-proclaimed Beehive State, Darren Cox is an expert in -- what else -- bees. Civic fathers use the term for the population's strong work ethic, but Cox deals with the stinging, honey-producing real McCoy. Now the fourth-generation bee farmer is trying to use his recognition as this year's national beekeeper of the year to focus attention on a major threat to the industry: colony collapse disorder. Cox, 48, who lives in Logan but has 5,000 hives in Utah, California's Central Valley and Wyoming, received the award from the American Honey Producers Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
I have been in love with Howlin' Pelle Almqvist from the Hives since 2004, when I first caught sight of him strutting onstage one hot Texas afternoon at South by Southwest. So when I found out that the hard rocking band from Sweden was going to play the main stage at Coachella last year, I made it my mission to meet him. Stalking a rock star at one of the world's largest concerts is no easy feat, and I didn't have the right equipment, meaning a backstage pass. However, last year was the first year that Coachella was staged for two weekends in a row, so there was twice the opportunity and twice the angst.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
I have been in love with Howlin' Pelle Almqvist from the Hives since 2004, when I first caught sight of him strutting onstage one hot Texas afternoon at South by Southwest. So when I found out that the hard rocking band from Sweden was going to play the main stage at Coachella last year, I made it my mission to meet him. Stalking a rock star at one of the world's largest concerts is no easy feat, and I didn't have the right equipment, meaning a backstage pass. However, last year was the first year that Coachella was staged for two weekends in a row, so there was twice the opportunity and twice the angst.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Between blood-sucking mites and the mysterious phenomenon known as "colony collapse disorder," honeybees in California have been dropping like, well, flies. That's why Daniel Salisbury, 47, says the city of Santa Monica should halt its policy of exterminating feral bees and instead legalize beekeeping and create a bee yard that would operate as a temporary holding pen for colonies awaiting relocation to agricultural zones. At the Santa Monica City Council meeting on Tuesday, Councilman Kevin McKeown hopes to win support for a study of whether to amend or repeal the old ordinance that prohibits beekeeping.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Sunday morning I went out to my garden and picked some fava beans. Then, because I'm a modern kind of guy, I did what everybody does and posted a picture of them on Facebook and tweeted a link. That's just how I roll these days ( @russ_parsons1 ... come join the party). I've been a big fan of favas for years, mostly because they fit so well with my cooking aesthetic -- they take a lot of work to prepare, are only available for a short window of time, and then usually only at farmers markets.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2012 | By Jonathan Moules
A favorite question at entrepreneurship conferences is which world city has the entrepreneurial dynamism to become a major start-up capital on par with Silicon Valley. London, Singapore, Tel Aviv, New York and Berlin are usually cited. Seldom, however, do you hear anyone propose Boulder, Colo. That is, unless you are in the company of Brad Feld, an early-stage investor, technology entrepreneur and author of "Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City," published by Wiley.
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