After months of lurking and reading, it was time to join the forums.
In the market to buy a house in Contra Costa County, CA. Oakley looks great because it has begun allowing residential beekeeping. Another possibility is the neighboring city of Brentwood whihc appears to allow bee keeping, but remains unconfirmed. The ability to have bees is a factor for buying a house.
Just wanted to say hello to anyone reading and thank you to countless others for sharing their advice and experience on the forums.