Skip to comments.Sriracha lawsuit dropped; Irwindale tables public nuisance resolution
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."
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.
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Is it because the owner was thinking about moving the business to Texas ?
I’ll bet he did play their game in the form of payoffs to crooked officials. IMHO
Yes, there was talk about it but he was smart in that he didn’t commit himself.
Undoubtedly Gov. Perry’s showing up and welcoming them to Texas was a political nightmare the Democrats didn’t want.
“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!”
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.
It was that 'Moving to Texas' sign on the front door wasn't it?
Veddy Interesting, as Arte Johnson used to say on Laugh-In.
"I don't want a lot, just enough to wet my beak."
I’ll bet it helped. :-)
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.
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.
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..!
Funny you bring up Bell, they and Irwindale have been like two peas in a pod over the years. :-)
They're cycling socks, and yes I do get some comments. Always positive.
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!
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.
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.
Yep, he was in Rosemead and he was surrounded by thousands and never had a problem but he plain old outgrew his facility.
There is no "public" in Irwindale.
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.
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.
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!
Next up... the Farmer John Bacon Factory and four Muslim households.
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!!!!!
The first complaints came from City Councilman Hector Ortiz’s son.
Yeah, considering the smog and general ugliness in those hellholes, anyone complaining about making Sriracha smells should be laughed out of the county............
I hope the company continues with its plans to move out of this dump
“I usually have a bottle of that in the fridge! One hot chicken!”
Mix it with some honey, and baste anything!
A few hot peppers, and voila, Sriracha!
twins, in fact.
demographics: 91% hispanic, about 365 households.
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.
It could have been worse. The could be brewing nuoc mam.
I pity the town where that is made.
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!
I’m no fan of Moonbean but if that’s truly the case he finally did something right.