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April 21, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
Huy Fong Foods, maker of the famous Sriracha chili sauce, is considering leaving the city of Irwindale, and maybe even California, after the City Council declared the spicy odors from the company's factory a public nuisance. And of course, Texas is among the first states trying to persuade Sriracha founder David Tran to leave California. State Rep. Jason Villalba of Dallas has been reaching out to Tran for months now, saying he was troubled by the company's experience with “excessive government interference.” “You have worked too hard and have helped too many people to let government bureaucrats shut down your thriving business,” Villalba wrote in a letter to Tran.  Finally, last week, Tran invited Villalba and a delegation from Texas -- as well as representatives from other states and cities that have reached out -- to come visit the plant and smell it for themselves to determine if their communities would mind the odors.
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April 26, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Let me state my bias up front. I like hot sauce. I like it on eggs. I like it in ramen. I like it on stir-fry dishes and Mexican food, and I don't think you can honestly call yourself a Californian if you're not a hot sauce lover. And so I went to Irwindale last week to investigate the Sriracha sauce standoff. As you may have heard, city officials are waging battle against the manufacturer, responding to citizen complaints that jalapeño-scented air blowing out of the hot sauce plant can irritate your throat and make your eyes water, especially during the late summer, which is pepper-grinding season.
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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.
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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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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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October 31, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Production of Sriracha can continue at an Irwindale factory, at least for now, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday.  Judge Robert H. O'Brien denied the city of Irwindale's request for a temporary restraining order and set a hearing for Nov. 22 to determine whether the hot-sauce factory should be shut down while it fixes alleged odor problems. The judge's ruling means that Sriracha will finish processing the peppers they need for next year's hot-sauce supply.
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April 22, 2014 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
After months of heated negotiations with the city of Irwindale over the smell of Sriracha hot sauce, Huy Fong Foods Chief Executive David Tran is appealing to a higher power: a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) visited the hot sauce factory Tuesday and spoke with Tran about potentially relocating to the San Fernando Valley. Cardenas is one of dozens of politicians nationwide who have publicly invited Sriracha to locate within their jurisdiction.
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February 26, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
The Irwindale City Council voted Wednesday night to postpone a decision to declare the Sriracha hot sauce factory a public nuisance. The decision came despite the urging of City Manager John Davidson and contract attorney Adrian Guerra, who said declaring sauce maker Huy Fung Foods a public nuisance would provide the necessary leverage to demand changes at the factory. Council members said they wanted to give the company time to work with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to identify a solution to the factory's spicy smell problem, which has prompted ongoing complaints from residents and a lawsuit by the city last year.
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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.
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October 31, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Irwindale officials said they still hope to persuade a judge to shut down a Sriracha hot-sauce factory until complaints of a spicy smell wafting from the factory can be resolved. "We're still pursuing this," Irwindale City Atty. Fred Galante  said. "This is just one of the various legal tools available. " Judge Robert H. O'Brien on Thursday denied the city's request for a temporary restraining order that would have immediately halted the factory's operations, calling the request "rather edgy.
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April 24, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
Something stinks in Irwindale. In recent months, officials in the largely industrial San Gabriel Valley city have appeared to be on a crusade to shut down Huy Fong Foods, the company that makes a wildly popular Sriracha sauce, for emitting chili and garlic odors that bother some neighbors. While a city should protect residents from harmful and/or unpleasant fumes, Irwindale's aggressive and unreasonable tactics have threatened to drive a home-grown enterprise out of state and bolstered California's unfortunate reputation as a bad place to do business.
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April 22, 2014 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
After months of heated negotiations with the city of Irwindale over the smell of Sriracha hot sauce, Huy Fong Foods Chief Executive David Tran is appealing to a higher power: a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) visited the hot sauce factory Tuesday and spoke with Tran about potentially relocating to the San Fernando Valley. Cardenas is one of dozens of politicians nationwide who have publicly invited Sriracha to locate within their jurisdiction.
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April 21, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
Huy Fong Foods, maker of the famous Sriracha chili sauce, is considering leaving the city of Irwindale, and maybe even California, after the City Council declared the spicy odors from the company's factory a public nuisance. And of course, Texas is among the first states trying to persuade Sriracha founder David Tran to leave California. State Rep. Jason Villalba of Dallas has been reaching out to Tran for months now, saying he was troubled by the company's experience with “excessive government interference.” “You have worked too hard and have helped too many people to let government bureaucrats shut down your thriving business,” Villalba wrote in a letter to Tran.  Finally, last week, Tran invited Villalba and a delegation from Texas -- as well as representatives from other states and cities that have reached out -- to come visit the plant and smell it for themselves to determine if their communities would mind the odors.
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April 16, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said Wednesday he is now seriously considering moving his factory to another location. Tran responded Wednesday to the politicians and business leaders from 10 states and multiple cities in California that have offered to host the Sriracha factory. He invited them to tour the facility in Irwindale and decide if their communities would complain about the odors that arise during production.
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April 16, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said Wednesday that he is now seriously considering moving his factory to another location. Tran responded Wednesday to the politicians and business leaders from 10 states and multiple cities in California who have offered to host the Sriracha factory. He invited them to tour the facility in Irwindale and decide if their communities would complain about the odors that arise during production.
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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.
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December 12, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
A 30-day delay in the distribution of Sriracha and two other hot sauces manufactured by Huy Fong Foods has some suppliers of Asian food worried about meeting consumer demand. The manufacturer cannot ship any more of its product until mid-January because the California Department of Public Health has begun enforcing stricter guidelines for the company. Damon Chu, president of wholesale Asian food supplier Giant Union in Whittier, says his company could lose about $300,000 in sales as a result of the state agency's action.
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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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April 10, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Striking a "back to basics" theme, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti concluded his first State of the City address by challenging residents to help build "the Los Angeles of tomorrow. " "I stand before you today to say that the state of our city is strong, but is in need of fundamental reform," he said.  In a 45-minute appearance at the California Science Center, Garcetti said he would keep the Department of Water and Power from raising rates this year, foster jobs by starting to phase out the city's business tax, reform the Fire Department and make "great streets" out of 15 city byways from the San Fernando Valley to San Pedro.
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April 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A cruise ship from Los Angeles pulled into San Diego Thursday morning with several dozen passengers sick with flu-like symptoms. Most of the passengers on the Crown Princess will enjoy a day of shopping and sightseeing in San Diego. But a reported 83 passengers who are sick will remain on the ship, according to the cruise line. The illness could be Novovirus, which causes diarrhea and vomiting, is a highly contagious viral infection and, according to the San Diego County Health Department, is common to people living in close quarters, such as "nursing homes or cruise ships.
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