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Beekeeper seeks permission to keep hive in south San Ramon

Original post made on Jul 11, 2013

A San Ramon beekeeper may have to move his hive, after a decision from San Ramon's policy committee. Bees -- along with chickens and even goats -- are part of a recent trend, according to Steve Gentry, the owner of Steve's Bees in Orinda.

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Comments (7)

Posted by C. R. Mudgeon, a resident of Danville
on Jul 11, 2013 at 9:24 am

I don't know anything about beekeeping, but it seems to me that a reasonable position on this would be to allow beekeeping on smaller lots, but with a limit on the number of the hives, that would be in keeping (no pun intended) with a home-hobbyist level of activity, and not a real commercial activity.

I always am happy to see lots of bees (both honeybees and bumblebees) in our yard, buzzing around the flowers, as their pollination activities are important for both agriculture and the environment in general. And bees aren't a problem for backyard picnics - that's usually yellowjackets, wasps, and hornets.

Of course, I'm not highly allergic to bee stings, either...


Posted by J.J., a resident of Danville
on Jul 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I am highly allergic but still welcome the bees. The honey bees will not bother you unless you bother them. My acre and half is full of honey bees which is why it looks so nice. Yellow jackets and wasps are a whole other story. I agree that people should be allowed to have hives on smaller parcels.


Posted by Bob barette, a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 11, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Because it would be a good idea to allow beekeeping on smaller parcels--watch the politicians do the opposite.


Posted by frankly, a resident of Danville
on Jul 12, 2013 at 6:29 am

Bees despite the popular myth are extremely good for the environment.

They are the hardest working creatures around which actually help mankind in many ways.

As long as the bee keeper is faithful to prudent care and protection of the bees, they will harm no one unless someone seeks to attack or molest the bees. This instinctive reaction, if attacked they retaliated, is found in pretty most animals in nature.

Bees are given the short shrift because most people dont know or understand what bees do or provide mankind. They do a lot for humans which humans cant do.

Because one or two can go awry doesnt mean nor should it mean that the whole colony should be removed, destroyed or vacated or moved far away.

Leave bees along and they will basically protect mankind with their beneficial hard working efforts.

Bees have been around for centuries.

Bees delivery faithfully the goods needed


Posted by Says the queen:, a resident of Danville
on Jul 12, 2013 at 7:41 am

"Let him have bees! "


Posted by Heather Olson, a resident of Danville
on Jul 12, 2013 at 8:13 am

To BEE or not to BEE that is the question.....

Let the guy keep the damn Bees!


Posted by frankly, a resident of Danville
on Jul 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Bees help us in many ways

but they are under massive demolition attack across the world

so bees are extremely beneficial to mankind

hopefully ignorance of their real nature as well as careless husbandry will not keep bees out.


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