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Irwindale, Sriracha negotiating to cool hot sauce controversy

By Associated Press


LOS ANGELES >> A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of Sriracha hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.

The Irwindale City Council delayed a decision for two weeks Wednesday night on declaring the Sriracha plant a public nuisance.

About 100 supporters of the hot sauce, including Huy Fong Foods owner David Tran, rallied outside City Hall before the meeting.

Irwindale's city attorney requested the delay, saying he's in settlement talks with attorneys for the company, which has made the popular sauce since 1980. The Irwindale plant was opened two years ago.

Earlier this month, council members tentatively but unanimously voted that the plant was a nuisance.

If the council had finalized its vote Wednesday, Huy Fong would have had 90 days to stop releasing the spicy emanations that neighbors say are burning their eyes and throats.

An attorney for Huy Fong told the council that the company plans to have a filtration system in place by June 1.

"Why do you hate me, why do you want to shut me down?" Tran said to the five-member council.

Mayor Mark Breceda, who brought a half-empty bottle of Sriracha sauce to the meeting, said the city doesn't want to shut the factory down.

"It was never this council's goal," Breceda said. "No one wants you here more, Mr. Tran and Huy Fong Foods, than the City Council."

Breceda said he was confident the city could reach a settlement with Tran before the council's next meeting on May 7, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

Tran called the decision disappointing and has opened his factory doors to lawmakers who were interested in having his plant relocate to their region. A delegation from Texas is expected to tour the facility next month.

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cojef wrote:
California living up to its reputation as the most unfriendly State to business entities.
on April 24,2014 | 08:00AM
Donna2415 wrote:
Irwindale, CA is not the only place to have a business. I think that four households were mainly responsible for most of the complaints. It would be a bad trade-off for Irwindale to appease four household and then lose millions in tax revenue from a successful business. The best and the brightest often do not hold public office.
on April 24,2014 | 09:25AM
Ipo_Mom wrote:
I don't know very much about this story. However, if emissions are bad, they're bad. I sure wouldn't want to be one of those four families smelling that stuff day in and day out. Sounds like the business owner was not a good neighbor which drove the situation to where it is today... It's one thing to support a community economically, but another to detrimentally impact the environment... Sound familiar???
on April 24,2014 | 09:34AM
AhiPoke wrote:
I was really hoping, even though I knew it wouldn't happen, that our city/state would make an offer for them to relocate here.
on April 24,2014 | 10:04AM
juscasting wrote:
Whhhhy? We already get enough Viet Congs running manapua wagons on this island.
on April 24,2014 | 02:17PM
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