Yes Los Angeles area, This hive is located in Granada Hills CA, north end of the San Fernando Valley. It usually doesn’t do too well during the summer months because of the heat, but this year has been cooler and lots of moisture, so the flowers keep blooming. My second hive was located in the urban environment of Los Angeles city on an apartment rooftop, but it had to be re-located due to insurance liability. I moved that hive last year to a new location where the hive absconded a few weeks after moving. I had a second hive next to my current one, but the colony wasn’t as hearty, and I was constantly fighting the hive beetle population. That hive died off during the winter.
The approach I take is, I’m looking for a strong feral colony of local bees and I finally found one that is doing exceptional. from this colony I’ll take splits to create another colony later this summer, depending on the weather. For now the hive is doing too well to touch and will leave the 3rd box alone that is honey bound for when I get around to splitting. If I see queen cups during my quick inspections, that may be the determining factor.
As for my inspections, I remove the honey supers, then split the brood boxes apart and look at the underside, if all looks good then I just put it back in place, no need to disturb them. This hive has amazed me on how few beetles there are, the ladies are great housekeepers. On my rooftop hive I never saw any hive beetles as comparison.