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California Wages Economic War
With Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory

Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial

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Posted By:PageTurner, 5/19/2014 9:26:14 AM

Business Climate: Los Angeles is buzzing over the possible exit of Sriracha sauce maker Huy Fong to friendlier territory in Texas. But why shouldn´t it go? L.A. is so unfriendly it makes Detroit look good, according to two studies. In a region that has made itself a foreign and venture capital investment desert, it´s rather astonishing to see politicians from the industrial Los Angeles suburb of Irwindale do all they can to chase the largest and rarest investor in their town out. But that´s what they´ve done, hauling the Huy Fong company into court and winning an injunction from the Los Angeles

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The Great War on Sriracha hot sauce certainly has exposed these leftist clowns in all their glory.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 5/19/2014 9:37:18 AM     (No. 9854087)

New LA city slogan, Ask not if the city can do diddle for you, ask how bad can the city screw you!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: smcchk, 5/19/2014 9:52:34 AM     (No. 9854107)

Dang, how many businesses can fit into Texas?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 5/19/2014 9:53:23 AM     (No. 9854109)

Like Communism, liberalism does not work. Of course, you can never convince liberals or communists of that fact.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Keekng, 5/19/2014 9:54:32 AM     (No. 9854113)

Is Sriracha sauce as hot as Tabasco sauce?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: eoddad, 5/19/2014 10:03:08 AM     (No. 9854125)

Will California EVER hit bottom, with the anti-business Marxist?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 5/19/2014 10:03:44 AM     (No. 9854126)

This is not California. This is a tiny little armpit burg called Irwindale. Look it up. And it´s not even Irwindale. It is a city councilman named Ortiz, who seems intent on shutting down Sriracha.

When the 60 or so complaints were investigated, 40 of them came from only four persons - and one of those was Ortiz´s son.

The headline is almost absurd as what Irwindale is trying to do. And all this time I thought IBD was a trusted source.

The buzz in our area about Huy Fong´s problems is negative re Irwindale. Everyone loves Sriracha and wants this business to stay here. The farmer who has devoted thousands of acres to the special peppers owner Tran requires for his sauce employs many people and is growing his business right along with Tran´s. He gets his peppers to the plant in five hours from harvest so that they are very fresh when processed.

If we live with hype of any kind, we will never know the real truth. Too many read no further than the overheated, and in this case erroneous, headlines.

Shame on IBD.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 5/19/2014 10:13:42 AM     (No. 9854135)

This may be one of the worst pieces I´ve ever seen from IBD, noted for its excellent journalism. Who on earth wrote this mess? Surely not their editors.

The headline is wrong. Irwindale is waging war against Huy Fong, and many of us believe it is the Hispanic Ortiz who has it in for Asian Tran. As simple as that.

Even the air quality management agency, normally tough as nails, has found nothing to cite about Huy Fong´s operation. So Ortiz and his hench-councilpersons are having to go the "public nuisance" route - but only four persons can make a business a "public nuisance" - and one of them is Ortiz´s son?

There is more here than meets the eye - or the nose.

As for a move to Texas, Tran is leveraging this absurd deal by threatening to go there. But the chilis grow here. And attempts to grow them in other soils, in other climates, have failed. No one really believes he will move.

We have gone through small town corruption in many little towns in Southern California - Bell, Carson, Vernon, Santa Fe Springs, and now Irwindale. When the population is largely ignorant and, in the case of Irwindale, Hispanic, it is an uphill job to stamp it out, but it has been done. Tran must prevail.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: nigella, 5/19/2014 10:19:50 AM     (No. 9854146)

#4 It´s sort of a sweet hot. Very tasty. And yes being a Californian it´s ridiculous what they do to business...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mickturn, 5/19/2014 10:28:58 AM     (No. 9854152)

Sriracha, you are WELCOME in TEXAS.

Tell the Californication morons to stuff it, you´re packing up and LEAVING!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Keekng, 5/19/2014 10:29:41 AM     (No. 9854153)

Thanks, #8. As a past resident of SoCal (35 years) I realize there are many little "armpits in the state. If they could do away with LA, SF and perhaps Hollywood, California could again be a great place to live.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Democracy First, 5/19/2014 10:46:37 AM     (No. 9854177)

Srichacha Obama owns her own company? When did this sullen teenager start a sauce company?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: craige, 5/19/2014 11:36:14 AM     (No. 9854238)

It isn´t just LA. Up in the high desert, Palmdale and Lancaster now require a landlord´s license and inspections.
People used to move up here, to get away from LA. Now, LA is moving up here too.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Emerson, 5/19/2014 11:50:47 AM     (No. 9854255)

Kids, this is not communism or socialism. This is plain old-fashioned small town graft. With a very small resident tax base, they have to regulate the daylights out of any business that comes within their jurisdiction.

Ortiz obviously has a personal axe to grind. As suggested above, it could simply be racial - Hispanic against Asian. Or envy. A tiny town pol vs. a boat person success story.

Public opinion is on Tran´s side. The buzz here is all 100% for Sriracha.

From its Wikipedia site, here is Irwindale:

Irwindale is a city in the San Gabriel Valley, in Los Angeles County, California. The population was 1,422 at the 2010 census, down from 1,446 at the 2000 census.

With relatively few residents, Irwindale consists mostly of rock quarries, which are the major revenue source for the city. The Irwindale Speedway is also located in the city, as is the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area near the San Gabriel River, a plant of the Miller Brewing Company, and a plant of the Huy Fong sriracha sauce company.


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The City of Irwindale offered a low interest loan to Huy Fong Foods in 2010 to locate its sriracha factory in Irwindale. Huy Fong took the loan and contributed $250,000 a year to the city as part of the deal. Huy Fong built a $40-million factory planned to generate about $300 million a year in sales. Shortly after Huy Fong paid off the loan early and stopped contributing to the city, Huy Fong became involved in lawsuits brought by its neighbors and the city of Irwindale, who complain of the odors of jalapeño pepper and garlic generated by the plant. The city´s suit led to a court order for the plant to cease most operations.[8][9]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irwindale,_California

If something smells bad in Irwindale, it isn´t Mr. Tran´s chilis.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 5/19/2014 12:12:23 PM     (No. 9854283)

Had never seen what is reported above from Wikipedia about Huy Fong´s incentive from the City of Irwindale - a low interest loan requiring the company "give" the City $250K per year. It might be interesting to investigate what the City of Irwindale did with the $250,000 per year gift (aka mordida = bribe). There was apparently no problem with odors until he paid off the loan early and stopped giving that $250K "gift" to the City.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: texaspast, 5/19/2014 12:24:10 PM     (No. 9854293)

#7, if you can grow it in California, you can grow it better in Texas. If Huy Fong wants to move operations here, it WILL have sources for its raw materials - and they will be bigger, better, faster and cheaper than what they´ve got in California. Why any manufacturing business is still located in California is beyond understanding.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 5/19/2014 2:03:54 PM     (No. 9854389)

Re #15, some of us have been following this story in detail from Day One.

Apparently the chilis, grown especially for Sriracha by one grower in California, are a special hybrid. They have tried growing the seeds in a similar place in Mexico, without success. They are presently checking to see whether they will grow in Texas. Different soils, different climate, etc., all affect the quality and flavor of chilis.

California has a Mediterranean climate that is unique in the United States. And the soil is especially rich. I am not about to argue with those who know about this special chili and its farming. And I daresay that you cannot grow everything commercially in Texas or it would long have been the food basket of the United States, not California.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: PageTurner, 5/19/2014 2:09:02 PM     (No. 9854393)

Apparently, not everyone read the article very carefully. Some skimmed and now assume Irwindale was confused with Los Angeles. For those who read carefully, it was not. The connection between Irwindale and Los Angeles is the court system. That was what was used to abuse Sriracha. As for Ortize, the idea that this guy is powerful on his own is ridiculous - check out where he gets his money from and who his political sponsors are - you guessed it, they are part of the Los Angeles Latino political machine, which is so dirty it disgusts real Mexicans, who see it as a throwback to Mexico 30 years ago. Ortiz is a foot soldier in this machine, he didn´t just float in out of nowhere. As for the pepper issue, it´s not true that the only peoppers that can be used are California peppers. Texas is one of the rare parts of the country that can grow identifical peppers, and David Tran has publicly stated that the company can get identical peppers from Mexican sources - which they don´t want to do, but could if necessary. In any case, I think there´s ample evidence of a Texas two-step in the works, not a blanket move, but a gradual expansion of operations that can be consolidated in Texas if the need presents itself.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 5/19/2014 2:13:06 PM     (No. 9854395)

More for #15:

If California were to disappear, what would the American diet be like?

Expensive and grainy. California produces a sizable majority of many American fruits, vegetables, and nuts: 99 percent of artichokes, 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, 95 percent of garlic, 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, and 69 percent of carrots (and the list goes on and on). Some of this is due to climate and soil. No other state, or even a combination of states, can match California’s output per acre. Lemon yields in California, for example, are more than 50 percent higher than in Arizona. California spinach yield per acre is 60 percent higher than the national average. Without California, supply of all these products in the United States and abroad would dip, and in the first few years, a few might be nearly impossible to find. Orchard-based products in particular, such as nuts and some fruits, would take many years to spring back.


http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/explainer/2013/07/

california_grows_all_of_our_fruits_and_vegetables_what_would_we_eat_without.html

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Emerson, 5/19/2014 2:22:18 PM     (No. 9854406)

More detail than you ever wanted to know about the Sriracha pepper-growing situation and Texas. It´s not as simple as some would have us believe:

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/business/20140518/sriracha-pepper-farmer-investigating-whether-texas-soil-can-handle-hot-pepper-crop

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Reply 20 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 5/19/2014 6:43:48 PM     (No. 9854696)

I truly feel sorry for any conservatives that are still in Cubafornia. Talk about hell on earth.

All conservatives are welcome to come to Texas!!!

As far as the pepper situation, with modern trucking and interstate highways, those peppers could still be grown in Cubafornia and be in Texas within 24 hours. I sure hope he realizes that and moves here. He would be so welcome and find a much more free and fair business environment here.

Sadly, Cubafornia won´t be California again until they hit rock bottom and allow conservatives to resurrect them.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: KTWO, 5/19/2014 7:08:04 PM     (No. 9854719)

Some fascinating insights into the great Irwindale struggle. Corruption blooms everywhere. In all seasons.

The remarks about growing those peppers there and only there did remind me of so many things that couldn´t be done.

Fifty years ago the Japanese could never build quality cars. And only twenty years ago the Chinese knew nothing and could hardly conduct a fire drill.


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WASHINGTON — It was an enduring image of his presidency: a chastened Bill Clinton walking his dog while wife Hillary keeps her distance as the family leaves town at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal — but it was all part of a contrived public-repentance campaign, according to a new book. With Bill on the skids and his wife’s future prospects on the line, it was necessary for the pubic to see the president being punished, said Weekly Standard online editor Daniel Halper in his new book, “Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine.” “They understood that

Obama a "shark" at the pool table,
Gov. Hickenlooper says

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CBS News, by Stephanie Condon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 4:33:37 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is known for being competitive on the basketball court, but he´s also apparently a cutthroat pool player. Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., told reporters at the National Governors Association meeting on Sunday that the president surprised him by beat him in two consecutive games. To add insult to injury, the two were playing at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, a bar that Hickenlooper co-founded. "You know I´ll tell ya -- the man is a shark," Hickenlooper told reporters, Time reports. "I was up a few balls. I felt pretty good. I was actually wondering whether how hard should I --

Obama AWOL as border crisis worsens
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Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/16/2014 5:02:13 AM     Post Reply
John McCain, an immigration hawk. Who knew? Mr. McCain, the highest-profile Republican of the U.S. Senate’s “Gang of Eight” that came up with amnesty as the solution to the immigration crisis — and it truly is a crisis — is finally taking a hard line against President Obama for his encouraging the tidal wave of illegal aliens swamping the southwestern border. “There has to be a halt to this,” Mr. McCain thundered Sunday on CNN. “That’s what we want, and the best way to do that is for planeloads of these young people to be returning to their country of origin


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