Long Beach Chicken laws on the agenda 10-18-11 at 3:30

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by LongBeachGrows, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. LongBeachGrows

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    Hi Long Beach urban agriculture agvocates: (I hope some of you are from Long Beach)

    It has been a long time coming but finally the City of Long Beach will be addressing the suggestions made by Long Beach Grows and by the city’s Sustainable City Commission and Office of Sustainability, to allow urban agriculture, including small scale animal husbandry and beekeeping, without the current restrictions imposed by our municipal code.

    This milestone meeting will be held October 18th starting at 3:30 PM at City Council chambers. I want to fill the house! I recently attended a meeting of the Long Beach City Council Elections Oversight Committee where the considerable audience of non-profit activists succeeded in convincing the committee that non-profits are not lobbyists and to not treat us as such. This might not have been possible without the large turnout. So let’s aim for an even larger turnout!

    Thank you in advance for your continued support. It would be very helpful if you could attend the upcoming meeting, with as many PRO URBAN AG supporters and speakers that you can muster up. Please try your best to attend, even if it means rearranging your busy schedule. Although it is not required, each member of the audience who wishes to speak is usually given 1-2 minutes to do so.

    In addition, whether or not you plan to attend, please it would be very helpful if you could send your supportive comments to your City Council representative as well as to each member of the Environmental Committee.

    The Chair of the Environmental Committee is Dr. Suja Lowenthal: [email protected], [email protected]

    The Vice Chair is Patrick O’Donnell: [email protected], [email protected]

    The third city council member of the committee is James Johnson: [email protected], [email protected]

    If you don’t know who your City Council representative is, you can find that information here: http://www.longbeach.gov/council/default.asp

    I
    would appreciate being cc'd on your emails: [email protected]

    Here is the link to a recording of the December 2010 meeting of the Sustainable City Commission where this was originally discussed.

    http://longbeach.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=12&clip_id=4425

    Here is a copy of the document of the Sustainable City Commission's recommendations. It doesn't really make any specific recommendations, just that we should let urban agriculture happen in Long Beach. The hope is that it will not be floored at the upcoming meeting but that instead it will be approved and move forward with plans to add or remove specific language from the existing code.

    http://bit.ly/oZ4eii

    Here is a link to the information that I put together for the above meeting, including my specific recommendations.

    http://bitly.com/hnKb6Q

    I was asked to put together a list of talking points. If you are interested, please send me a message.

    Thanks again for your support. I look forward to seeing you on October 18th at 3:30 P.M. at City Council chambers, and to reading all of your PRO URBAN AG emails to the Environmental Committee and your City Council representative.

    Best wishes,

    Donna Marykwas
    Long Beach Grows
    Growing a more sustainable future
    www.longbeachgrows.org
    [email protected]
    1-562-912-3364
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2011

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