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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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April 24, 2014 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
Irwindale officials decided Wednesday to delay the adoption of a resolution that would have officially designated the spicy smell of Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance.  The city and sauce maker Huy Fong Foods have agreed to discuss a solution and the City Council decided to table the issue until a council meeting on May 14, said City Atty. Fred Galante.  "We've been in communication since the last hearing to see if there is a way to resolve this whole matter," Galante said.
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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
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
The news that Irwindale has declared Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance has set the Internet aflame, but a shortage is unlikely. Irwindale is expected to adopt a resolution labeling the smell of Sriracha production a public nuisance and declaring the company in violation of its development agreement. The resolution is expected to give Huy Fong Foods 90 days to fix the problem, according to city officials. But the company says it can fix the smell problem by June 1, which is well before that deadline.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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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
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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