I usually like to post links to TV and newspaper articles related to backyard chickens all together on a different page, but this one hits a bit closer to home and was on the front page of the local paper yesterday.
Excerpt taken from the Long Beach Press Telegram, June 18th, 2012.
Residents want Long Beach to allow livestockby By Greg Mellen Staff Writer
LONG BEACH – If urban farm advocates have their way, several meetings last week could lead to a “coop d’etat” in the city’s ordinances regarding chickens and other livestock.
More than 80 residents attended a pair of community forums to discuss proposed changes that would ease city restrictions on backyard chickens, goats and bees.”It is limited to those three animals,” said Larry Rich, the city’s sustainability coordinator, who led the meeting, adding that there has been sufficient interest in the subject to give it a closer look.
With Rich was Ted Stevens, the new head of Animal Care Services, which is charged with enforcing city livestock ordinances. About 50 advocates of urban farming showed up at a community forum on Thursday. The overwhelming majority described themselves as members of the “chicken community.”
On June 26, the Environmental Committee of the City Council will look at the existing ordinances and proposed changes and decide whether to advance the issue to the entire council. The committee meets at 4 p.m. in City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd. Rich said there is no date or timetable for when the council may take up the issue.
At Thursday’s meeting, the urban livestock advocates touted the healthiness and freshness of the food, particularly chicken eggs, and the educational benefits of sustainability to their children. One woman said since she had owned chickens, a former spider infestation was gone, her garden was flourishing and “I’m teaching my children they don’t need to go to Subway. And an egg song is not a bad thing to hear in the morning.” Len Paredes owns seven chickens, and although he butted heads with Animal Care Services, he says he loves being a chicken owner. “They’re my little garbage disposals,” he said. “They eat everything and turn them into eggs. It’s as close to magic as you can get.”