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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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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.
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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
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
September 4, 1994
Your article, "Sylmar Cruising Spot Is Declared Public Nuisance" (July 29) refers to the La Rinda Plaza owners--one group of many owners and operators of businesses throughout Los Angeles who have been targeted and declared a public nuisance by the city. Associate Zoning Administrator William Lillenberg said "this was the first time he used such measures to combat cruising." Well, in the last two years, the city has had a lot of firsts--using (or in my legal opinion misusing)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1995 | BILL BILLITER
Land that causes water drainage problems could be classified as a "public nuisance" under ordinance changes recently approved by the City Council. The council, at its last meeting in January, gave first reading to changes in the city's existing ordinance on public nuisances. Problematic water runoff was among the "nuisances" the council added to the law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA
For the second time in two years, the San Fernando Planning Commission has declared the home of Eulalia Bernal a public nuisance, giving her until Sept. 2 to clean up rubbish and discarded junk piled in her back yard. Bernal, a 63-year-old parts assembler who lives alone in the 1100 block of Coronel Street, called the commission's action unfair. "They tell me I have to have everything cleaned up. But how can I throw away the clothes of my son?" said Bernal on Wednesday. "It's not right."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1989 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, Times Staff Writer
The city of Torrance, alleging the "potential for a massive disaster" at the Mobil Oil Corp. refinery, filed suit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking to have the refinery declared a public nuisance and giving the city authority to regulate it. The lawsuit alleges that an uncontrolled release of acutely toxic hydrofluoric acid from the refinery could threaten the lives or health of hundreds of thousands of South Bay residents.
NEWS
June 27, 2000 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
New York on Monday became the first state in the nation to sue the firearms industry, claiming that its manufacturing and distribution practices routinely channel handguns to criminals. Unlike the 32 suits filed by cities and counties--most of which claimed negligence on the part of gun makers--the state's case focuses on a provision of New York law that defines illegally possessed handguns as a public nuisance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1995 | TOM RAGAN
The City Council this week upheld a Planning Commission's decision to revoke the operating license of the Coastal Inn, after listening to about a dozen complaints from residents about alleged drug deals and late-night noise at the hotel. The City Council unanimously declared the 86-unit hotel, which has been plagued with numerous code violations since 1989, a public nuisance.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
After a judge ordered the partial shutdown of the Sriracha hot sauce plant in Irwindale, experts must now determine which parts of the factory's operation cause odors - a decision that could affect next year's sauce supply. Sauce maker Huy Fong Foods has already ground all the chiles for next year's supply of Sriracha hot sauce. The raw materials for its three sauces, Sambal Oelek, Sriracha, and Chili Garlic, are created during a three-month harvesting and production cycle that concluded earlier this month.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Saying the public is beyond frustrated, members of the Los Angeles City Council's public safety committee agreed Friday to make it illegal to possess the type of high-capacity ammunition magazines that were used to kill 20 schoolchildren and six adults in Newtown, Conn., in December. Councilman Paul Krekorian, who sought the action, said people are upset with Congress' inability to approve background checks for those making weapons purchases. That legislation failed last week after political opposition from the gun rights lobby.
OPINION
December 24, 2012
David Busch, the creator of an improvised public toilet - consisting of a bucket, soapy water and a tent for privacy - was arrested in April on charges of public nuisance and leaving property on the sidewalk. A homeless man and self-styled advocate for people who live on the streets, Busch went on trial last week in a Los Angeles court, facing the charges stemming from his operation of the makeshift restroom on 3rd Avenue in Venice. Some said it was an outrage. Some called it a stunt.
OPINION
May 22, 2011
Anyone who has been forced to endure a stranger's loud and public cellphone conversation in a supermarket line or a restaurant will understand this story: A woman boarded an Amtrak train in Oakland last Saturday night and proceeded to talk loudly on her cellphone for much of the rest of her 16-hour voyage. Repeated pleas from her fellow passengers — and the conductor — to be quiet fell on, um, deaf ears. Things got so bad that Amtrak officials stopped the train between stations Sunday afternoon in Salem, Ore., and had local police escort her off for being an "unruly passenger.
NEWS
March 4, 1997 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Each day, shortly before noon, 1,000 homeless people gather at the Loaves & Fishes dining hall in downtown Sacramento, where they receive a free meal and warm smiles from volunteers who call them "guests." Feeding the hungry is work that usually inspires admiration. But this privately funded charity--which also offers showers, a school for homeless children and even veterinary aid for homeless people's pets--stands accused of countless sins by a host of irate enemies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1991 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Torrance residents pursuing a class-action lawsuit against the Mobil refinery will not get to see legal summaries from the city's public nuisance lawsuit against the company, a judge ruled Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2010 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A Palos Verdes Estates woman who upset neighbors by renting out her 7,000-square-foot house for weddings, film shoots and other large gatherings, including an art and furniture auction, pleaded no contest Friday to creating a public nuisance. Melahat Uzumcu was sentenced to three years' informal probation and fined $500. She is not allowed to rent the home for commercial purposes and must give the city 72 hours notice if more than 50 people visit her at once. Uzumcu was charged with four misdemeanors before agreeing to a plea with the city prosecutor.
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