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Sriracha lawsuit dropped; Irwindale tables public nuisance resolution
LA Times ^ | May 29, 2014 | Frank Shyong

Posted on 05/29/2014 1:46:10 PM PDT by jazusamo

The Irwindale City Council decided Wednesday to drop a lawsuit against the Sriracha hot sauce factory and table a separate resolution declaring the factory a public nuisance.

The city and the factory began warring late last year, when residents began to complain of a spicy odor that caused headaches, heartburn and watering eyes.

The trial was scheduled to begin this November, and the public nuisance declaration would have eventually authorized city officials to enter the factory and make the changes themselves.

But city officials said Huy Fong Foods Inc. had finally demonstrated a specific written commitment to solving the smell issues. Mayor Mark Breceda, who toured the factory earlier this week, said the conflict should not have been so drawn out.

"We're almost sorry that this has gone on so long," Breceda said. "We're looking forward to being partners for a very long time."

~snip~

The South Coast Air Quality Management District did not find enough evidence of a harmful smell to justify issuing a violation, and air quality officials say about two-thirds of the complaints they received came from just four households.

The first complaints came from City Councilman Hector Ortiz's son. In February, Huy Fong Foods began to offer daily tours through the factory and asked each participant if they experienced any harmful odors. None did.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: freedom; hotsauce; huyfongfoods; irwindale; sriracha
Seems like the Irwindale City Council ran up against an honest businessman that wouldn't play their game.
1 posted on 05/29/2014 1:46:10 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Is it because the owner was thinking about moving the business to Texas ?


2 posted on 05/29/2014 1:47:47 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: jazusamo

I’ll bet he did play their game in the form of payoffs to crooked officials. IMHO


3 posted on 05/29/2014 1:48:11 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: molson209

Yes, there was talk about it but he was smart in that he didn’t commit himself.


4 posted on 05/29/2014 1:51:00 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: molson209

Undoubtedly Gov. Perry’s showing up and welcoming them to Texas was a political nightmare the Democrats didn’t want.


5 posted on 05/29/2014 1:52:08 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: jazusamo

“We decided that the possible loss of future tax revenue didn’t justify our leftist harassment. God, we hate businesses, but they sure bring in the money!”


6 posted on 05/29/2014 1:52:46 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Veto!

I have the belief that’s how this all started, he wouldn’t pay and I’m familiar with Irwindale from before it incorporated. I believe the council caved from all the publicity over this.


7 posted on 05/29/2014 1:53:31 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
two-thirds of the complaints they received came from just four households.
The first complaints came from City Councilman Hector Ortiz's son.

8 posted on 05/29/2014 1:56:24 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: Veto!
Well, THAT is how business is conducted in third world banana republics. A little juice here, a little sweetener there. Pretty soon everything is settled. All the bumps are smoothed out. No Problemo.
9 posted on 05/29/2014 1:57:06 PM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: jazusamo
a specific written commitment to solving the smell issues

It was that 'Moving to Texas' sign on the front door wasn't it?

/johnny

10 posted on 05/29/2014 1:58:14 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: jazusamo
about two-thirds of the complaints they received came from just four households. The first complaints came from City Councilman Hector Ortiz's son.

Veddy Interesting, as Arte Johnson used to say on Laugh-In.

11 posted on 05/29/2014 1:58:52 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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12 posted on 05/29/2014 1:59:46 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Tupelo
Well, THAT is how business is conducted in third world banana republics. A little juice here, a little sweetener there. Pretty soon everything is settled. All the bumps are smoothed out. No Problemo.

"I don't want a lot, just enough to wet my beak."

13 posted on 05/29/2014 2:00:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: JRandomFreeper

I’ll bet it helped. :-)


14 posted on 05/29/2014 2:00:33 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
"We're almost sorry that this has gone on so long," Breceda said.

Wow, you know what THAT means?

It means they intend to GET him some other way --say, facility safety.

There are a million ways. Apparently this does NOT end here.

15 posted on 05/29/2014 2:00:38 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: jazusamo

It’s possible this might have become a wedge issue among Asians, thereby alienating some from the Democratic party. From an identity politics perspective, this had the stink of Hispanics whaling upon Asians. Coupled with black and Hispanic backing for anti-Asian racial quotas at CA’s colleges, this could have split the CA Democratic coalition wide open. Perhaps CA’s Democratic high panjandrums prevailed upon Irwindale’s pols to back off, on pain of endorsements and financial backing for their primary opponents.


16 posted on 05/29/2014 2:01:48 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: jazusamo

Round 1 ovah, but dem Bell, California boys know der more than ONE way to skin a cat, daz right..! Heh he...! Get Enus on dah radio..!

17 posted on 05/29/2014 2:04:16 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: jazusamo
It would be a 'specific written commitment'.

/johnny

18 posted on 05/29/2014 2:04:22 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: gaijin

Funny you bring up Bell, they and Irwindale have been like two peas in a pod over the years. :-)


19 posted on 05/29/2014 2:07:28 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
I have a pair of these.

They're cycling socks, and yes I do get some comments. Always positive.

20 posted on 05/29/2014 2:09:20 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Disharmonious & Unmutual)
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To: jazusamo

This was a shakedown attempt, pure and simple. I think the turning point came when Mr. Tran compared the city government to the communists he fled from, in Vietnam. Pretty good analogy, too!


21 posted on 05/29/2014 2:11:56 PM PDT by jttpwalsh
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To: JRandomFreeper

Bingo.


22 posted on 05/29/2014 2:12:28 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: jazusamo

He had already been doing ops in the neighboring town for THIRTY YEARS, with nary a complaint.

But SOMEHOW after just ONE YEAR of Irwindale ops he racks up FOUR complaints, most of them relatives of City Council people?

Irwindale has just 900 voters and is basically run like a company.

Wiki “Bell, California” and the amazing details of California corruption at the city level will be made clear to you.

This is very simply what happens when a city in the USA is run as if it were in Mexico.


23 posted on 05/29/2014 2:13:30 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: real saxophonist

It’s great hot sauce and popular nation wide, I think they even ship some overseas.

After the publicity from this fiasco I’d guess it will help their sales.


24 posted on 05/29/2014 2:17:12 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: gaijin

Yep, he was in Rosemead and he was surrounded by thousands and never had a problem but he plain old outgrew his facility.


25 posted on 05/29/2014 2:20:56 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Irwindale tables public nuisance resolution

There is no "public" in Irwindale.

26 posted on 05/29/2014 2:21:06 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: jazusamo

I love Sriracha Sauce.
The man who started the company has a great story of leaving a communist country with nothing but the shirt on his back and making a huge success of his life.
The video of this American entrepreneur is probably what started the complaints.
If you’ve never seen his video, it is worth the time.
He says (in so many words) based on his experience, he knows how communism starts.
The name of his company is the name of the ship that carried him to America The FRee.


27 posted on 05/29/2014 2:22:33 PM PDT by two23 (My Dad said they were all commies back in the 60's. He was right.)
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To: gaijin

Bell California had just 30,000 residents but paid it’s city manager EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS...!

The very average guy suddenly bought a DRESSAGE HORSE RANCH and a ton of other glittery stuff.


28 posted on 05/29/2014 2:24:01 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: jazusamo

I be growing peppers in another State and move after harvest.
Irwindale just realized the impact of losing this staple.
The tax base alone would be great!
I usually have a bottle of that in the fridge! One hot chicken!


29 posted on 05/29/2014 2:25:36 PM PDT by DocJhn
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...two-thirds of the complaints they received came from just four households.

Next up... the Farmer John Bacon Factory and four Muslim households.

-PJ

30 posted on 05/29/2014 2:27:01 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: gaijin

I hope this man moves his business anyway, he will increase his bottom
line in Texas and CA. will not stop harassing him BET ON IT!!!!!


31 posted on 05/29/2014 2:28:48 PM PDT by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: jazusamo

The first complaints came from City Councilman Hector Ortiz’s son.


Did he get his kickback?


32 posted on 05/29/2014 2:39:55 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: jazusamo
Funny you bring up Bell, they and Irwindale have been like two peas in a pod over the years. :-)

Yeah, considering the smog and general ugliness in those hellholes, anyone complaining about making Sriracha smells should be laughed out of the county............

33 posted on 05/29/2014 2:47:40 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: jazusamo

I hope the company continues with its plans to move out of this dump


34 posted on 05/29/2014 2:51:50 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: DocJhn

“I usually have a bottle of that in the fridge! One hot chicken!”

Mix it with some honey, and baste anything!


35 posted on 05/29/2014 2:56:50 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Tupelo
A little juice here, a little sweetener there.

A few hot peppers, and voila, Sriracha!

36 posted on 05/29/2014 3:11:37 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: jazusamo

twins, in fact.

http://www.sgvtribune.com/general-news/20101027/frank-girardot-irwindale-politics-twisted-through-history

city council:

http://www.ci.irwindale.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=269

demographics: 91% hispanic, about 365 households.


37 posted on 05/29/2014 3:13:13 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: blueplum

Yep, corruption has been a problem in Irwindale from the time of incorporation in the fifties. Not to say all politicians there have been corrupt, but they’ve had more than most towns in the San Gabriel Valley.


38 posted on 05/29/2014 3:24:56 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

It could have been worse. The could be brewing nuoc mam.


39 posted on 05/29/2014 5:01:23 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: pfflier

I pity the town where that is made.


40 posted on 05/29/2014 5:17:48 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: jazusamo

These guys are clients of mine. The plant manager told me today that Jerry Brown sent two of his cabinet members to the plant this week. They did not find anything wrong. So according to my contact (the son in law of the owner) he said after the two cabinet members found nothing wrong, they went back to Sacramento and gave a clean bill of health to Governer Brown. At that point, they said that Jerry Brown made some threatening calls to the Irwindale city council and told them to back the hell off immediately and not to pursue any further action. I did not vote for Jerry Brown but it sounds he stepped up on this one!


41 posted on 05/29/2014 6:19:43 PM PDT by rwoodward ("god, guns and more ammo")
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To: rwoodward

I’m no fan of Moonbean but if that’s truly the case he finally did something right.


42 posted on 05/29/2014 6:24:12 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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