LaTisha Strickland's 240,000 bees are looking for a new home. Again.
Strickland, who lives in a rental property in Northeast Portland, keeps five hives in her backyard and has for three years without problems. WW first reported that her bees got the boot on July 3, with Fox Property Management company telling her they must go due to a neighbor complaint.
"There is little a beekeeper can do in PDX to counter a complaint, or create a legal dialogue to come to a compromise with regard to bees because the PDX ordinances are so archaic," she says in an email. "They give the beekeeper essentially no power. It is time for Portland ordinances to come into the current reality of our city - that of urban farms and backyard bees - and create a balanced system for beekeepers and concerned citizens alike!"