Chickens, Goats, and Bees Return to City Council’s Agenda

Long Beach City Council will consider amendments to the Municipal Code next Tuesday in support of urban agriculture –  specifically the regulations for residents who house chickens, goats and bees. The item will be presented by Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal and Council co-sponsors Lena Gonzalez, Daryl Supernaw and Dee Andrews.

The agenda item brings back the draft language developed in the Environmental Committee and presented to City Council in July 2013, when it was initially voted down.

Supporters of urban agriculture should attend council in support of the item next Tuesday, June 23rd. Those who would benefit from this policy change are invited to speak in support as well. We are also requesting calls and letters of support from residents and organizations representing districts 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9 to council members offices, stressing the benefits of residents being able to cultivate their own food sources (ie: milk, honey, eggs) by Monday, June 22nd.

Please note that City Council begins at 6:00 pm, instead of 5:00 pm on June 23rd, due to a Closed Session meeting. The item can be reviewed online at LongBeach.Gov or downloaded now via this PDF link. 

Download the sample letter here: For Organizations | For Residents and find the call script below!

Hello, my name is _____________ and I am a Long Beach resident in Council member _____________’s district.  Is it possible for me to speak with a legislative aide? (if not, continue with receptionist).

I am calling because City Council will be voting on Local Sustainability Request 12 to update our Municipal Code in support of urban agriculture involving chickens, goats, and bees next Tuesday. I wanted to let you know that I (along with Long Beach Fresh, or your organization’s name) am a strong supporter of these amendments.

Will you please make sure that Council member_____________receives this message? Thank you for your time.

Targeted Council Member Contact Information:

District 3: Suzie Price
Phone (562)570-6300
District3@longbeach.gov

District 5: Stacy Mungo
(562)570-5555
district5@longbeach.gov

District 7: Roberto Uranga
(562)570-7777
district7@longbeach.gov

District 8: Al Austin
(562)570-6685
district8@longbeach.gov

District 9: Rex Richardson
(562) 570-6137
district9@longbeach.gov

Not sure what council district you live in? Here are two ways to find out:
Check this map with boundary lines and street names:
http://www.longbeach.gov/ti/media-library/documents/gis/map-catalog/city-council-district-small-map-w-photos-8_5x11/
or, enter your address into the LA County Registrar’s website to find your City Council District as well as other local, state and national districts:
http://apps1.lavote.net/onlinedistrictmapapp/

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