Re: The illegal TBH
Sounds like once again those folks in Austin were trying to do something good and used some advice, but just misunderstood it (or were given some advice by someone that doesn't know a lot or just dislikes other styles of bee hives). One way or another, again Austin has been mislead.
You might try one of these methods:
one contact someone that maintains TBH and can talk well (has the gift of gab) to call your city council man and point out the issue and ask for an amendment or
two gather up good photos from the net that clearly show how both langs and TBH both have "removable frames" and both have the capacity to fit this part of the ordinance "that is maintained in sound and usable condition.".
If you go route two, you want photos that sell your point, so don't think that photos of you or friends are the best cause they show something similar. You want photos of someone holding up frames with the hive box in the background and the slot where the bar came from is clearly visible. Maybe even doing a photo day the hive to get these photos.
If you go route one, beware of someone that sells TBHs as the nature and healthy way to keep bee being much better than Langs,. You never know how the council person knows or who is their family member. If they have associates that have Langs, well you might just bee peeing in their coffee and the door is closed before it is opened. I know the man who helped me the most has serious dislikes of most TBH people because he has heard the above sell so many times, yet has been working bees for 40 years and helped a lot with some of the USDA work in LA.
Get an appointment and go make the sell, let your council person hear the truth they made a mistake that unfairly discriminates against small time backyard bee keepers, and then sell the point that bee numbers are down and Austin needs to be willing to help more people keep bees in their backyard so that nature benefits.
Started 9/13, building slowly, now @ 7 Lang hives + 5 nucs, and treatment style not decided yet