rooster vs. california

Sriracha Beats City Hall

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The heroic residents of Irwindale, California, have triumphed over the tyranny of Sriracha, as a factory that produces the popular hot sauce has finally demonstrated a specific written commitment to solve its smell issues. Residents began to complain late last year about a spicy odor that caused headaches, heartburn, and watering eyes. A trial was scheduled to start in November, when a declaration of public nuisance would have authorized officials to enter the factory and make changes themselves. “We’re almost sorry that this has gone on for so long,” said Irwindale Mayor Mark Breceda. “We’re looking forward to being partners for a very long time.”