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Irwindale's a town where something always smells funny
LA Times ^ | April 26, 2014 | Steve Lopez

Posted on 04/26/2014 1:59:44 PM PDT by jazusamo

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.

Let me tell you one more thing. I like Irwindale, even if it did draft an ill-advised resolution declaring the Sriracha plant a public nuisance. And let's be honest: You won't hear a lot of people say they like the tiny industry-rich San Gabriel town of 1,400, which is perhaps not the prettiest place on earth unless you find warehouses, business parks, a dog food factory and rock quarries attractive.

But Irwindale does things in its own fashion, as do many little L.A. County burgs that have little reason to exist other than for local lords to belly up to the trough of robust commerce. If nothing else, such towns keep headline writers employed.

Irwindale, for example, blew $20 million trying to woo the Raiders. A public official in the town was once indicted for rigging an election, and there are those who think that even today ballots should be checked to see if the voters are still among the living. In a delicious caper in the 1970s, a mayor was drugged with spiked enchiladas and then photographed in compromising positions with a nude woman as part of a blackmail plot...

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: corruption; huyfongfoods; irwindale; srirachasauce
Steve Lopez is right on the mark about Irwindale and the history of its corrupt politics.
1 posted on 04/26/2014 1:59:45 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Yeah as SO Cal resident I could tell you they cant get Gangstra NFL team like Raiders into Irwindale back in da day LOL!


2 posted on 04/26/2014 2:01:58 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: jazusamo

I can believe that. I wonder if they have ever heard of the onions, garlic and tomato processing plants. Whoo, there are some pretty bad smells there.


3 posted on 04/26/2014 2:04:11 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SevenofNine

Exactly right. :)


4 posted on 04/26/2014 2:04:14 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

LMAO am I right about Raiders
Hey there is rumor going around that Raiders may come back to Los Angeles also San Diego Chargers may beat them to that LOL!


5 posted on 04/26/2014 2:08:39 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: SevenofNine

Maybe Irwindale politicians will go after the Raiders again if they don’t run all their industry out of town before it happens. LOL!


6 posted on 04/26/2014 2:13:50 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
...and I don't think you can honestly call yourself a Californian if you're not a hot sauce lover.

I would submit that people need to be considerate neighbors.

If I was doing something that created discomfort for my neighbor, I would be approached to stop it. Why shouldn't I be?

It is reasoned that the byproducts of hot sauce production could cause severe discomfort to neighbors if the emissions were not handled properly.

I don't want to see a business come under attack unfairly. It is entirely reasoned to see a business be a good neighbor just like anyone else.

People living in the area should not see their air so badly affected that their homes become unlivable, and their property values be destroyed.

There has to be some reason, and I would advocate that for both sides.

Now, the hot sauce premise. Strangely, I as a Caucasian have a high tolerance for hot sauce. I can often take a lot more heat that a person of Hispanic ancestry. Does that mean they are not true Californians?

I don't care for statements like the one I highlighted above. It makes the writer look like a moron right out of the gate.

7 posted on 04/26/2014 2:14:46 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: jazusamo

The old guy’s manufacturing facility was originally in Rosemead but they grew so much that he JUUUUUST opened this much bigger one in Irwindale.

And now they’re giving this poor guy FREAKING HELL.

He spent alllll that money and now they’re going to destroy him.

Check out the movie, “Sriracha” —shows the whole company. The CEO is a really great guy and started from absolutely NOTHING.

He was literally spooning the stuff in to bottles with a common kitchen spoon, one bottle at a time.

I hope he simply up and leaves California all together.


8 posted on 04/26/2014 2:16:25 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: jazusamo

Back in my youth, we’d have loved a Sriracha plant in town. We had to settle for a copper smelter putting out SO2. Actually, it smelled like next week’s paycheck as people would say.


9 posted on 04/26/2014 2:19:54 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: DoughtyOne
The fact that a councilman's adult son was the first one to complain about this is what makes this thing smell, and I'm not talking about the chilies.

Sriracha smell complaints began with Irwindale councilman's son

10 posted on 04/26/2014 2:25:58 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: gaijin

There’s many area’s that would love to have him relocate to and out of CA would be a wise choice if it comes to that.


11 posted on 04/26/2014 2:29:24 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

They make Malt-o-meal in a factory in Northfield Mn. Man does that town smell nice.


12 posted on 04/26/2014 2:29:28 PM PDT by DManA
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To: gaijin

“I hope he simply up and leaves California all together.”

And why would he do that when his long-time source for his peppers is located in adjoining Ventura County? LA County has a proliferation of little “$hitball Cities” like Irwindale (Bell, Vernon, Industry, Commerce, Cudahy, you name them), that are little fiefdoms of good old-fashioned political corruption that has nothing to do with California’s overall political climate (which it is evident you hate). Tran will likely move, but not out of the state. My bet is that he will move closer to his pepper farmer, which is what he should have done in the first place when he needed a larger facility. Irwindale lured him with there money, and now they are trying to squeeze him. Good luck with that! Siriacha is a one of a kind product!


13 posted on 04/26/2014 2:34:39 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: jazusamo

Well, it does seem that some folks are having a problem with it. I can’t account for who first reported it, or who says they can’t smell anything.

As an older person, my nose isn’t near as sensitive as it used to be. My former wife’s nose was far more sensitive.

Air currents can also distort the area of problematic concentrations of fumes. Perhaps the air rises from the plant due to the heat of the exhaust air, and comes down a distance away, where prevailing winds send it most of the time.

The inherent ingredients of the chilies seems to be a larger problem than beer or dog food ingredients. I wouldn’t expect dog food or beer to be able to be used for pepper spray or the like. Chili particulates probable could.

It doesn’t seem like the neighbors would have to be your typical problematic complainers to have a problem here.


14 posted on 04/26/2014 2:36:04 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: jazusamo

I agree with this, but honestly I’d hope it wouldn’t come to that. Didn’t I read that they increased production levels considerably over recent years? Perhaps that’s why it has become a bigger problem in recent years.


15 posted on 04/26/2014 2:37:51 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: gaijin

YouTube trailer for the Sriracha MOVIE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=-EUIov_eK2Y#t=46


16 posted on 04/26/2014 2:40:12 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: DoughtyOne

Yes, they increased production when they moved to Irwindale from Rosemead because they ran out of room there.

He’s been working on a filtering system and I personally think they’ll take care of the odor and stay in Irwindale but right now it’s anyone’s guess.


17 posted on 04/26/2014 2:45:20 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
...there are those who think that even today ballots should be checked to see if the voters are still among the living

Right, Mr. Lopez. There really are some weird right-wing kook conspiracy believers who actually that the pure, angelic Dems would cast a dead person's vote. It's laughable, isn't it? Who's ever heard of such a wacky idea?

Now back to your regularly schedule program about sriracha sauce.

18 posted on 04/26/2014 2:45:43 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: JimSEA

Jim, I tell ya, you ain’t lived until you’ve been in a town with a kraft pulp mill. There’s nothing in the world like the aroma of black liquor.


19 posted on 04/26/2014 2:47:06 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: jazusamo

If Irwindale doesn’t want them, Texas will be happy to take them.


20 posted on 04/26/2014 2:48:56 PM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: jazusamo

If Irwindale doesn’t want them, Texas will be happy to take them.


21 posted on 04/26/2014 2:48:59 PM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks Jazumano. Here’s to hoping he can work it out. I’m sure he has a number of employees, and I don’t want to see the business or them causes harm here.

This is one of those issues where easy answers may not be readily available. That’s too bad.


22 posted on 04/26/2014 2:49:39 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: jazusamo
The old Purina factory in downtown St. Louis had some really obnoxious odors. Pet food manufacturing is a key target industry for the food processing scrubber business.

There are plenty of commercially-available deodorizing scrubbers for food plants. I wonder if he's experimented with one yet. It's not hard to find the manufacturers of such systems.

Deoriser
Anguil
OMI Food Processing

23 posted on 04/26/2014 3:00:29 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: gaijin

4 min broadcast about the Sriracha hubbub in Irwindale:

http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/archive/segment/srirachapocalypse-threat-looms-again/53484d0bfe34444f9b000449

The city of Irwindale has only ONE THOUSAND VOTERS and is essentially a business.

Sriracha brought in SIXTEEN MILLION DOLLARS to the city.

Do you know how many complaints they have had there? FOUR —count ‘em.

Before they moved east to Irwindale, they’d been making their product the same way in Rosemead for THIRTY YEARS, and how many complaints did they get there during that time?

ZERO.

Right before this anti-Sriracha city council vote, the Mayor and two council members were charged with CORRUPTION.


24 posted on 04/26/2014 3:02:52 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Some time back I read he had people from air filtering companies looking at the problem but don’t recall who or if any companies were named.

These councilmen are going to have to be patient and work with him instead of shutting him down or he’ll be forced to leave and if that happens everyone will be losers.


25 posted on 04/26/2014 3:11:44 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: gaijin

Amen to that. Good find, thanks!

That’s the politics of Irwindale that I knew.


26 posted on 04/26/2014 3:14:10 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: vette6387
LA County has a proliferation of little “$hitball Cities” like Irwindale (Bell, Vernon, Industry, Commerce, Cudahy, you name them), that are little fiefdoms of good old-fashioned political corruption...

The "city" of Industry, which stretches about 15 miles along San Jose Creek northeast of Pico Rivera has a lot of warehouses, manufacturers, car dealerships and a big shopping mall but only about 200 voters. And Vernon, which has an even smaller population had a mayor a few years ago who claimed as his residence a structure that was clearly an office building.

27 posted on 04/26/2014 3:26:53 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: jazusamo
Irwindale is the pits.

Literally.

The "town" should be in the business of flood diversion.

28 posted on 04/26/2014 3:32:08 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: jazusamo

bfl


29 posted on 04/26/2014 3:33:09 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: jazusamo

FWIW, not all hot sauces are the same.

The capsaicin in capsicum peppers feels hot. It can hurt; but, it’s only a simulation of a burn. OTOH garlic (the other source of heat in sriracha sauce) can produce very real chemical burns.


30 posted on 04/26/2014 3:39:58 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: freekitty
I wonder if they have ever heard of the onions, garlic and tomato processing plants.

Ever drive into Gilroy, CA on a hot afternoon?

31 posted on 04/26/2014 4:27:04 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: freekitty
I can believe that. I wonder if they have ever heard of the onions, garlic and tomato processing plants. Whoo, there are some pretty bad smells there.

A few decades ago, I traveled a couple of hundred miles every other weekend to Before CA I5 was built, and part of the trip was trough the town of Vacaville (Cowville) where there was an Onion dehydrating plant. It was the most pleasant segment of the trip, since I love onion.

An ancillary claim to fame was the famous (now closed) Nut Tree Airport which attracted private flyers for 100 mile radius, to visit the Nut Tree Restaurant, which housed a fantastic bookstore and civil and military aviation souvenir shop. Flying in there for a meal was always memorable.

Not all food odors are irritating.

32 posted on 04/26/2014 6:49:48 PM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

From having driven through Albany, OR, I’ll have to agree.


33 posted on 04/26/2014 7:08:33 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: freekitty

Forever, Louisville, Ky. has had a Ralston Purina plant in the middle of the town that processes Soy Beans.
God awful smell.
Then there is the pulp mills around Jacksonville, ugh/


34 posted on 04/27/2014 4:43:33 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Joe Boucher

I can believe that. You have to live in these places to understand their full shall I say smell. Phew.


35 posted on 04/27/2014 9:36:53 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: publius911

True and I am familiar with Vacaville. The smell can be unpleasant.


36 posted on 04/27/2014 9:40:47 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Mike Darancette

Yes. LOL


37 posted on 04/27/2014 9:41:14 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

Several years ago I was about to be transferred to Orlando and found a home near Deland.
Almost bought the place then decided to go visit it on a blustery windy north west stormy day and the smell nearly knocked ya on the ground.
To the north west of the place was a chicken farm no one told us about.
Man o man what a stench.
No wonder they wanted to sell.


38 posted on 04/27/2014 10:04:50 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Joe Boucher

LOL I can believe it.


39 posted on 04/27/2014 5:07:07 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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