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March 28, 2014 | By Jason Wells, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Anaheim firefighters were dispatched to Disneyland on Friday after six people reportedly complained of an odor and being sick. The Anaheim Fire Department tweeted around 1:30 p.m. that firefighters were at the scene, but said it was not being treated as a hazardous materials spill. "Complaint of an odor. We're investigating. More to follow," the tweet said. It was not known if the incident was ride- or food-related, Anaheim Police Lt. Tim Schmidt told KTLA-TV. Disneyland had not provided information to police, Schmidt added.
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March 28, 2014 | By Jason Wells, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Anaheim firefighters were dispatched to Disneyland on Friday after six people reportedly complained of an odor and being sick. The Anaheim Fire Department tweeted around 1:30 p.m. that firefighters were at the scene, but said it was not being treated as a hazardous materials spill. "Complaint of an odor. We're investigating. More to follow," the tweet said. It was not known if the incident was ride- or food-related, Anaheim Police Lt. Tim Schmidt told KTLA-TV. Disneyland had not provided information to police, Schmidt added.
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NEWS
September 11, 2012 | By Hector Becerra
Regional air-quality managers on Tuesday said that inspectors  had cracked the mystery of the epic stink that descended over much of Southern California.  They confirmed that the rotten egg odor traveled about 150 miles from the Salton  Sea to Los Angeles. “We now have solid evidence that clearly points to the Salton Sea as the source of a very large and unusual odor event,” said Barry Wallerstein, executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. How unusual?
NATIONAL
March 13, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- The person who reported a gas odor to utility workers minutes before a fatal Manhattan blast also smelled gas the night before but did not report it, city officials said Thursday, an indication that several lives could have been saved had crews gone to the scene earlier. At a midday briefing 26 hours after the East Harlem explosion, Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed that at least seven people had died and more were missing.  "We are continuing rescue operations, hoping to find others still alive," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge made no ruling Friday whether to grant the city of Irwindale's request to temporarily halt production at the Sriracha hot sauce plant because of odor complaints. Judge Robert H. O'Brien said he would take the matter under submission.  "I expected more information from your side," O'Brien told attorney John R. Tate, who is representing Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods.  O'Brien said he was hoping to review a report from the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which had installed air-monitoring devices at the Irwindale plant to collect data.  Tate said they have not received any report from the district and have not received any citations for odor problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Tuesday ordered a Sriracha hot sauce plant in Irwindale to partially shut down in response to smell complaints from nearby residents. Judge Robert H. O'Brien ruled in favor of the city and ordered sauce maker Huy Fong Foods to cease any kind of operations that could be causing the odors and make immediate changes that would help mitigate them. The injunction does not order the company to stop operating  entirely, or specify the types of actions that are required.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
A judge is expected to decide Friday whether to grant Irwindale's request to temporarily halt operations at the Sriracha hot sauce plant to address odor complaints. The city filed a lawsuit against Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods after several residents complained of an odor they said was coming from the Irwindale plant. A judge denied the city's request for a temporary restraining order on Oct. 31, which would have immediately stopped operations at the plant in the middle of  chile harvest season.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2012 | By David Colker
The next generation of New York City taxis will sport the iconic yellow color, but much about them will be new. The updated, boxy vehicles -- scheduled to start hitting the streets in October 2013 -- will be made by Nissan, which won a competition to produce the taxis, according to an Associated Press report. On the outside, they'll have sliding doors to lessen the chance of smashing into cars and bicycle messengers. Inside, the new cabs will have more leg room, skylights, floor lights to aid in searching for dropped items, overhead lights for reading and chargers for digital gadgets, including cellphones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Irwindale city officials are scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday night to decide whether to declare a Sriracha hot-sauce plant a public nuisance in the wake of complaints of a spicy odor  coming from the factory. The public hearing is the latest move  in the city's effort to force sauce maker Huy Fong Foods to address the smell. In November, the city sued the company in Los Angeles Superior Court, winning a temporary, partial shutdown. A judge still must determine whether to issue a permanent injunction.  Sriracha officials are questioning whether the plant emits a harmful smell and have opened their doors for public tours of the plant as a way to counter the odor allegations.  PHOTOS: Sriracha factory About 50 people are expected to protest outside Irwindale City Hall during the hearing, Huy Fong officials say. Huy Fong officials say that holding the hearing is premature and punitive, but they will fix problems if they are found  “It seems like they just don't have the patience and they're not inclined to wait,” said John Tate, an attorney for Huy Fong.
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February 11, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Dennis Montano stood on a corner in Granada Hills one recent brisk morning, lifted his nose to the sky and sniffed. "Right now, I don't smell anything," Montano said. That was good news for the embattled Sunshine Canyon Landfill. The disposal site operates roughly a mile away in Sylmar but has roiled the Granada Hills North neighborhood with a potpourri of foul smells. In the face of numerous complaints and dozens of public nuisance violations, the company has organized an "odor patrol team" in an effort to improve community relations and comply with state regulations.
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February 27, 2014
Join Times staff writer Frank Shyong for an L.A. Now Live discussion at 12:30 p.m. Thursday on the hot sauce that makes many people's taste buds dance, and others' blood boil: Sriracha.  Residents who live near the Sriracha factory in Irwindale have complained of burning eyes, headaches and scratchy throats caused by a powerful, painful odor they say is a result of the hot sauce production. In October, the city of Irwindale filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming the odor was a public nuisance.
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February 27, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Avonne Penaflor and Anna Lim entered the doors of the Sriracha factory in Irwindale, took a deep breath and started to giggle. They had caught wind of an odor that has allegedly inflamed respiratory conditions, launched lawsuits and made legions of fans hungry. "It's very nice, actually," said Lim, 38, of Azusa. Huy Fong Foods, the creator of Sriracha hot sauce, has been closed to the public for more than 30 years, fearing that competitors would steal trade secrets. But after months of Irwindale residents and city officials accusing the sauce maker of flooding their city with an offensive spicy odor, the notoriously private company has thrown open its doors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Irwindale city officials are scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday night to decide whether to declare a Sriracha hot-sauce plant a public nuisance in the wake of complaints of a spicy odor  coming from the factory. The public hearing is the latest move  in the city's effort to force sauce maker Huy Fong Foods to address the smell. In November, the city sued the company in Los Angeles Superior Court, winning a temporary, partial shutdown. A judge still must determine whether to issue a permanent injunction.  Sriracha officials are questioning whether the plant emits a harmful smell and have opened their doors for public tours of the plant as a way to counter the odor allegations.  PHOTOS: Sriracha factory About 50 people are expected to protest outside Irwindale City Hall during the hearing, Huy Fong officials say. Huy Fong officials say that holding the hearing is premature and punitive, but they will fix problems if they are found  “It seems like they just don't have the patience and they're not inclined to wait,” said John Tate, an attorney for Huy Fong.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
If you are a parent who lets your children scream and go nuts on a plane, congratulations - you top the list of most annoying etiquette violators in the air. Parents who travel with loud children are considered more annoying than passengers who kick the in front of them and travelers with foul odors. Even fliers who take off their shoes and socks in the air-tight cabin are less offensive, according to a survey of 1,001 Americans by the travel website Expedia. Annoying children and their parents were ranked by 41% of those surveyed as the most annoying airplane etiquette violators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Tuesday ordered a Sriracha hot sauce plant in Irwindale to partially shut down in response to smell complaints from nearby residents. Judge Robert H. O'Brien ruled in favor of the city and ordered sauce maker Huy Fong Foods to cease any kind of operations that could be causing the odors and make immediate changes that would help mitigate them. The injunction does not order the company to stop operating  entirely, or specify the types of actions that are required.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Manhattan Beach police searched Friday for a man caught on surveillance tape lighting half a dozen fires on the campus of an elementary school. The fires were set between 12:24 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. Nov. 17. Police said one of the blazes burned a bulletin board outside a classroom at Robinson Elementary School. "Although most of the fires set burned for a short amount of time, the subject can be seen attempting to start a large fire on the school grounds," Manhattan Police Department officials said this week in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014
Join Times staff writer Frank Shyong for an L.A. Now Live discussion at 12:30 p.m. Thursday on the hot sauce that makes many people's taste buds dance, and others' blood boil: Sriracha.  Residents who live near the Sriracha factory in Irwindale have complained of burning eyes, headaches and scratchy throats caused by a powerful, painful odor they say is a result of the hot sauce production. In October, the city of Irwindale filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming the odor was a public nuisance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, Hector Becerra and Jessica Garrison
The  Sriracha factory in Irwindale that the city claims is causing some in the area to get watery eyes or burning throats also has its supporters. Across the street from the factory, Young Ja Whang, 68, runs the cash register at the Liquor Junior Market she owns with her husband. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., she leaves the door open and allows the scent of freshly ground chiles to waft into her store. She finds the scent mild, even a little pleasant. "I'm an old lady and I have no problem with it," Whang said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
A judge is expected to decide Friday whether to grant Irwindale's request to temporarily halt operations at the Sriracha hot sauce plant to address odor complaints. The city filed a lawsuit against Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods after several residents complained of an odor they said was coming from the Irwindale plant. A judge denied the city's request for a temporary restraining order on Oct. 31, which would have immediately stopped operations at the plant in the middle of  chile harvest season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Friday delayed a ruling on the city of Irwindale's request to temporarily shut down the Sriracha hot sauce factory in response to residents' claims of a harmful odor. Judge Robert H. O'Brien said he had been anticipating a report from the South Coast Air Quality Management District on the nature of the smell. Inspectors had installed air sampling devices at the factory and around the neighborhood. "I expected more information from your side," O'Brien told attorney John R. Tate, who represents Huy Fong Foods.
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