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April 9, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
The Irwindale City Council has voted unanimously to declare the spicy smell of Sriracha hot sauce production a public nuisance. Once the council adopts an expected official resolution at its next meeting, hot sauce maker Huy Fong Foods will have about 90 days to mitigate the odor, which residents say burns their eyes and throats at certain times of day. The 4-0 vote during a Wednesday night hearing came despite assurances from company attorney...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Huy Fong Foods officials reacted with disappointment Thursday to the city of Irwindale's decision to declare the smell of their Sriracha sauce production a public nuisance.  Executive operations officer Donna Lam also thanked South Coast Air Quality Management District personnel and some elected officials in a statement to The Times on Tuesday. Air-quality officials have been testing the air at the plant, and in the coming weeks they will work with the company to design a filtering mechanism and an action plan to present to the city for comment.  "We are disappointed at the decision made yesterday at the City Council hearing but we will continue to work closely with SCAQMD as stated," said Lam said.  Relations between the city and the factory have been deteriorating ever since Irwindale filed suit against the company last year.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
An attorney for hot sauce maker Sriracha said Irwindale is "determined" to assert its authority after the City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to declare the company's production facility a public nuisance. The 4-0 vote  came despite assurances from company attorney John Tate that Huy Fong Foods planned to submit an action plan within 10 days and have the smell -- w hich residents say burns their eyes and throats at certain times of day --  fixed by June 1. "The City Council is determined to assert its authority regardless of the status of the odor remediation efforts," Tate said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
An attorney for hot sauce maker Sriracha said Irwindale is "determined" to assert its authority after the City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to declare the company's production facility a public nuisance. The 4-0 vote  came despite assurances from company attorney John Tate that Huy Fong Foods planned to submit an action plan within 10 days and have the smell -- w hich residents say burns their eyes and throats at certain times of day --  fixed by June 1. "The City Council is determined to assert its authority regardless of the status of the odor remediation efforts," Tate said.
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November 29, 2009 | By Susan Carpenter
We've all been there. Trapped in an elevator with an overly perfumed passenger who has you holding your breath until the doors open. Held hostage at a restaurant next to a fellow diner whose Poison is tainting your filet mignon. Ambushed at a movie theater where the only recourse is to bury your nose in the popcorn. Perfume may be a pleasure to those who wear it, but its over-application is often a nuisance to others. Though fragrance is often worn to attract, it stands an equal chance of repelling because scent is so subjective.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Orange County's smallest city may be forced to demolish a filthy home deemed unfit for habitation. The Villa Park City Council voted Tuesday to hold a public hearing on whether to declare the house across from an elementary school a public nuisance. It's been red-tagged. Code enforcement officers found severe buildup of household debris, cat feces and food, dirt, dust and cobwebs in the home. Homeowner Mary Maloney was hospitalized earlier this month, and her son Kevin said his elderly mother was unable to maintain the home.
NEWS
March 12, 1987 | WILLIAM NOTTINGHAM, Times Staff Writer
Two City Council members signaled this week that they don't intend to alter their decision in the public nuisance case against Francesca Houpe, even if it costs Councilman Floyd A. James his office. Council members Maxcy D. Filer and Jane D. Robbins said as much Tuesday, as they blocked their colleagues from calling a secret meeting to discuss the case. "As far as I'm concerned," Filer said, "the matter has been decided and it shouldn't go any further."
NEWS
January 8, 1987 | WILLIAM NOTTINGHAM, Times Staff Writer
After two months of courtroom-style hearings, a City Council majority has voted to declare Francesca Houpe's home a public nuisance because police reported finding three marijuana plants rooted in the backyard. Houpe, a 34-year-old divorced mother who denied knowing anything about the plants, was instructed to abate the nuisance--presumably by keeping her property free of illegal drugs--or face a city lawsuit that could lead to confiscation of her modest, single-story house at 1613 Killen Place.
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February 10, 1985 | Paul Dean, Dean is a Times staff writer who always picks the shopping cart with the bad wheel.
Dammitall. This wonderful old diarist, curmudgeon, journalist, scholar, prodder and mischief maker A.J.P. Taylor clearly sees what is next in life. His death. He's 78 with Parkinson's disease. There's sleeplessness and sleepiness but neither when appropriate. Not much walking of his beloved British countryside now, he sighs, nothing really important left unsaid and diminished interest in events beyond his North London backyard and the orange marmalade cat squatting there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2011 | By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times
A 59-year-old Burbank business owner pleaded not guilty Friday to creating a nuisance and potential danger for aircraft at Bob Hope Airport by feeding hundreds of pigeons near the runway. Charles Douglas appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Burbank with attorneys Bruce Kaufman and Donald Ingalls to answer to the misdemeanor charges of disobeying a court order and creating a public nuisance. They declined to comment about the case, which was continued to Oct. 21 for a pretrial hearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
The Irwindale City Council has voted unanimously to declare the spicy smell of Sriracha hot sauce production a public nuisance. Once the council adopts an expected official resolution at its next meeting, hot sauce maker Huy Fong Foods will have about 90 days to mitigate the odor, which residents say burns their eyes and throats at certain times of day. The 4-0 vote during a Wednesday night hearing came despite assurances from company attorney...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Regional air quality officials told the Irwindale City Council on Wednesday that the solution to complaints of spicy odors emanating from a Sriracha factory  could be "very straightforward. " The comments came as the City Council considered declaring the hot sauce maker,  Huy Fung Foods, a public nuisance, which would give city officials the necessary leverage to demand changes at the factory amid ongoing complaints from residents of spicy smells. City Council members ended up voting to postpone a decision to declare the  Sriracha  hot sauce factory a public nuisance, saying they wanted to  give the company time to work with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to identify a solution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter and Brittany Levine
He has been feared. And loved. And worried over. And touted as a new-style ursine celebrity in the Twitter age. Now Meatball the bear - or at least his happy-go-lucky, mechanical likeness - will be the centerpiece of a Rose Parade float sponsored by Glendale, the mountain-rimmed city he just couldn't keep his paws from throughout much of last year. "It's going to be a head turner," said Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver, speaking of a 35-foot-long float featuring Meatball rising from a trash can, a concept approved by the Glendale City Council this week.
OPINION
July 13, 2013
Re "Illegal fireworks spark fear," July 10 Thanks to Steve Lopez for addressing what has become a serious issue in Los Angeles, particularly in the area northwest of downtown where I have lived for 18 years. Being in Glassell Park, a neighborhood of bone-dry hills and grass-filled valleys, we are subjected to this barrage of dangerous illegal fireworks from June to September. This is not a July 4 problem; it is an ongoing quality-of-life problem for tens of thousands of people across the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013
The tunes coming from Long Beach's ice cream trucks may soon melt away, as the city moves closer to enforcing noise restrictions on vendors. The City Council unanimously voted on a measure that would require ice cream truck vendors to comply with the noise ordinance and prohibit them from playing music while serving customers, The Times' Ruben Vives reported . Is a noise restriction the right move or is it a sign of the end of the ice...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2013 | Kate Mather and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Rinconia Drive is one of those narrow, tree-shaded roads that snakes up the Hollywood Hills, lined with a mix of older bungalows and towering modern mansions. But when you get to Chris Brown's concrete-and-steel-and-glass Jay Vanos-designed home, the mood changes dramatically. A flashy Lamborghini is parked in front, blocking the sidewalk and part of the street. A creature in a silver spacesuit is perched on a ledge. And on the walls are massive paintings of monsters, standing 8 feet tall in bright neon colors.
NEWS
June 8, 1989
City officials have decided to sic the Department of Recreation and Parks on the owners of nuisance dogs. The city will be advising all residents by mail that it is illegal to let dogs run free or to defecate on other people's property, including public property. Dog owners are also required to clean up after their pets. The word will also go out on the city's cable TV station, on posters in public buildings, and through pet stores, veterinarians' offices, homeowner groups, schools and the Chamber of Commerce.
NEWS
June 15, 1989 | JEFFREY S. KLEIN
It's not neighborly to sue the folks who live across the street, but that's what one reader would like to do. The problem is a house so run down that it has lowered property values, complains a homeowner in Riverside County. Besides exterior stucco that has never been replaced, "the unpainted trim, lawn-less yard, broken garage door, incomplete masonry walls and vehicles parked everywhere constitute an eyesore the likes of which no neighborhood should have to tolerate." "A home appraiser freely admitted that my valuation is sharply degraded because of the condition of the house across the street," the reader continues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to draft a law prohibiting the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, sparking lawsuit threats from two gun rights organizations. On an 11-0 vote, the council called for an ordinance labeling the magazines a public nuisance and "an immediate threat to the public health. " Although the state already has a ban on the sale and transfer of high-capacity magazines, residents can still legally own them. Before the vote, council members described the measure as a response to a series of mass shootings, including the massacre of 26 people - many of them children - at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December.
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