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San Bernardino shooting victim was a devoted Renaissance Faire volunteer

The Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale draws a loyal group of volunteer performers who don velvet brocade and leather boots on scorching spring days. Among the most devoted was Daniel Kaufman, 42, killed Wednesday in the mass shooting in San Bernardino. For more than two decades, he was a...

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  • Sriracha shipping halted until mid-January by state regulators

    Sriracha shipping halted until mid-January by state regulators

    This post has been corrected. See note below for details.Sriracha hot sauce manufacturer Huy Fong Foods cannot ship out any more sauce until mid-January because the California Department of Public Health has begun enforcing stricter guidelines for the company.  Their three sauces, Sriracha, Chili...

  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

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  • Driver remains jailed after striking seniors' tour bus in Irwindale

    A 23-year-old driver who crashed into the back of a charter bus carrying senior citizens remained jailed Monday, Irwindale police said. Police said Montiel Reyes of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving after his Honda Civic struck the rear of the bus. Several of the approximately...

  • Sriracha sauce factory begins grinding season with free public events

    Sriracha sauce factory begins grinding season with free public events

    David Tran once carefully guarded the secrets of Sriracha hot sauce. The famously reclusive CEO never advertised, granted few interviews and even designed his own machines, taking up a blowtorch to prevent his competitors from duplicating his methods. But after smell complaints at the Irwindale...

  • 605 Freeway reopens after lanes closed in San Gabriel Valley, CHP says

    The 605 Freeway in the Baldwin Park and Irwindale areas was reopened after lanes were shut down in both directions Wednesday night, the California Highway Patrol said. The CHP cited "police activity," and initial reports from the scene were that a person possibly armed with a weapon was threatening...

  • Ex-Irwindale cop charged with molesting teen Explorer he supervised

    An Irwindale police officer who resigned this week has been charged with molesting a 14-year-old girl he supervised in the city's explorer program and allegedly sending a second teen sexual text messages, prosecutors said Thursday. Daniel Camerano, 27, was arrested Wednesday by the Los Angeles...

  • Sriracha truce brokered with help of Gov. Jerry Brown's office

    Sriracha truce brokered with help of Gov. Jerry Brown's office

    The disagreement between Irwindale officials and the maker of Sriracha hot sauce concerned local regulations, so it was no surprise that lobbying by U.S. senators, Texas politicians and L.A. city councilmen had little effect.  As the conflict dragged on, many local leaders feared Chief Executive...

  • Sriracha lawsuit dropped; Irwindale tables public nuisance resolution

    Sriracha lawsuit dropped; Irwindale tables public nuisance resolution

    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,...

  • Relax chile heads, Sriracha factory officially not a public nuisance
    Relax chile heads, Sriracha factory officially not a public nuisance

    Sriracha fans may finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief. The Irwindale City Council voted Wednesday to drop its declaration that the Huy Fung Foods hot sauce factory was a public nuisance, as well as a lawsuit against the company.

    The decision came just a day after City Manager John Davidson,...

  • Sriracha war cools: Irwindale says factory no longer a nuisance
    Sriracha war cools: Irwindale says factory no longer a nuisance

    The Sriracha war appears to be cooling down.

    The Irwindale City Council voted Wednesday night to drop its declaration that the hot sauce plant was a public nuisance.

    Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods and Irwindale have been feuding in the courts and in headlines since Irwindale residents began to complai...

  • Sriracha factory hosts Irwindale officials in bid to reconcile
    Sriracha factory hosts Irwindale officials in bid to reconcile

    Irwindale city officials toured the Sriracha hot sauce factory Tuesday morning in a possible sign of thawing relations between the city and the sauce company.

    Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods and Irwindale have been feuding in the courts and in headlines since Irwindale residents began to complain...

  • Supervisors vote to end contract with firm that overbilled L.A. County

    Los Angeles County supervisors voted to end a contract with an agency that auditors say overbilled the county by almost $1 million in handling job-training programs for jail inmates and the unemployed.

    LA Works, an Irwindale-based joint-powers agency that provides workforce development services,...

  • Texas lawmakers tour Sriracha plant in bid for relocation
    Texas lawmakers tour Sriracha plant in bid for relocation

    A delegation of Texas lawmakers and officials toured the Sriracha hot sauce plant in Irwindale on Monday in another attempt to lure the beleaguered business from California.

    Texas state Rep. Jason Villalba, state Sen. Carlos Uresti, state Rep. Hubert Vo and a group of Texas officials visited the...

  • Sriracha sauce becomes a hot political issue with bipartisan backing
    Sriracha sauce becomes a hot political issue with bipartisan backing

    California's latest political darling comes in a clear plastic bottle with a green top and tastes good on eggs.

    Sriracha hot sauce has won the eager endorsement of politicians from both sides of the aisle in recent weeks as the manufacturer has talked about leaving Irwindale amid a regulatory battle...

  • First Toyota, next Sriracha? Texans wooing California hot sauce plant
    First Toyota, next Sriracha? Texans wooing California hot sauce plant

    Texas lawmakers are making a play to steal California's most famous hot sauce maker, the embattled Sriracha plant in Irwindale.

    Later, this month, Sriracha will host a Lone Star state delegation, eager to poach the popular sauce and its 200 jobs. Texas state Rep. Jason Villalba announced the trip...

  • For California's sake, Irwindale needs to save its Sriracha plant
    For California's sake, Irwindale needs to save its Sriracha plant

    There's no need to drive business away from the city – and possibly the state – when sauce maker Huy Fong Foods is working toward a compromise.

  • Sriracha makers get more time to solve spicy smell problems
    Sriracha makers get more time to solve spicy smell problems

    Irwindale officials decided Wednesday to delay the adoption of a resolution that would have officially designated the spicy smell of Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance. 

    The city and sauce maker Huy Fong Foods have agreed to discuss a solution and the City Council decided to table the issue until...

  • Sriracha invites potential suitors to factory amid smell battle
    Sriracha invites potential suitors to factory amid smell battle

    After months of heated negotiations with the city of Irwindale over the smell of Sriracha hot sauce, Huy Fong Foods Chief Executive David Tran is appealing to a higher power: a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) visited the hot sauce factory Tuesday...

  • Sriracha considers moving factory amid smell complaints
    Sriracha considers moving factory amid smell complaints

    After a months-long battle with a California city over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said Wednesday he is now seriously considering moving his factory to another location.

    Tran responded Wednesday to the politicians and business leaders from 10 states and multiple...

  • Sriracha plant's possible move out of Irwindale called 'very extreme'
    Sriracha plant's possible move out of Irwindale called 'very extreme'

    Irwindale's city attorney said he was confused and disappointed to hear that Sriracha hot sauce creator David Tran is seriously considering moving his factory -- the source of a months-long battle over spicy odor complaints -- out of the city.

    “This seems very extreme,” City Atty. Fred Galante...

  • Sriracha sauce maker considers relocation
    Sriracha sauce maker considers relocation

    Huy Fong Foods owner says he's made no decision to move but faces uncertainty in Irwindale. Texas, other states have made pitches.

  • Sriracha considers moving factory amid smell complaints
    Sriracha considers moving factory amid smell complaints

    After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said Wednesday he is now seriously considering moving his factory to another location.

    Tran responded Wednesday to the politicians and business leaders from 10 states and...

  • Sriracha vows to fight on after public nuisance declaration
    Sriracha vows to fight on after public nuisance declaration

    Huy Fong Foods officials reacted with disappointment Thursday to the city of Irwindale's decision to declare the smell of their Sriracha sauce production a public nuisance. 

    Executive operations officer Donna Lam also thanked South Coast Air Quality Management District personnel and some elected...

  • Sriracha showdown intensifies as Irwindale declares public nuisance
    Sriracha showdown intensifies as Irwindale declares public nuisance

    An attorney for hot sauce maker Sriracha said Irwindale is "determined" to assert its authority after the City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to declare the company's production facility a public nuisance.

    The 4-0 vote came despite assurances from company attorney John Tate that Huy Fong Foods...

  • Irwindale Council declares Sriracha smell a public nuisance
    Irwindale Council declares Sriracha smell a public nuisance

    The Irwindale City Council has voted unanimously to declare the spicy smell of Sriracha hot sauce production a public nuisance.

    Once the council adopts an expected official resolution at its next meeting, hot sauce maker Huy Fong Foods will have about 90 days to mitigate the odor, which residents...

  • Sriracha odor battle to get reheated at Irwindale council hearing
    Sriracha odor battle to get reheated at Irwindale council hearing

    The Irwindale City Council will hold a public hearing Wednesday night to determine if the smells coming from the Sriracha hot sauce factory constitute a public nuisance.

    It's the industrial city's latest attempt to force hot sauce maker Huy Fong Foods to mitigate a spicy smell that residents say...

  • Reader photo: The bubble artist
    Reader photo: The bubble artist

    Last Saturday, Diane Trimble and a group of fellow photographer colleagues attended the Renaissance Pleasure Faire of Southern California in Irwindale.

    The yearly fair is a reenactment of the 1580s. Performers dressed in Elizabethan costumes roam the grounds, portraying the defining classes of...

  • Former Irwindale officer pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape

    A former Irwindale police officer has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop in 2012.

    David Paul Fraijo, 36, pleaded not guilty this week to five felonies, including kidnapping to commit another crime, forced oral copulation, oral copulation under...

  • Sriracha maker turning up heat on Irwindale
    Sriracha maker turning up heat on Irwindale

    Executives at the hot sauce factory asks the public to weigh in on its dispute with Irwindale over accusations that its spicy odor is offensive.

  • Sriracha factory avoids public nuisance designation, for now
    Sriracha factory avoids public nuisance designation, for now

    Regional air quality officials told the Irwindale City Council on Wednesday that the solution to complaints of spicy odors emanating from a Sriracha factory could be "very straightforward."

    The comments came as the City Council considered declaring the hot sauce maker, Huy Fung Foods, a public...

  • Irwindale council delays decision on Sriracha factory's fate
    Irwindale council delays decision on Sriracha factory's fate

    The Irwindale City Council voted Wednesday night to postpone a decision to declare the Sriracha hot sauce factory a public nuisance.The decision came despite the urging of City Manager John Davidson and contract attorney Adrian Guerra, who said declaring sauce maker Huy Fung Foods a public nuisance...

  • Sriracha odor battle: Irwindale may declare factory a public nuisance
    Sriracha odor battle: Irwindale may declare factory a public nuisance

    Irwindale city officials are scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday night to decide whether to declare a Sriracha hot-sauce plant a public nuisance in the wake of complaints of a spicy odor coming from the factory.

    The public hearing is the latest move in the city's effort to force sauce maker Huy...

  • Few clues in case of decapitated body found in San Gabriel riverbed
    Few clues in case of decapitated body found in San Gabriel riverbed

    Irwindale police continue to investigate the case of a decapitated corpse that was discovered Thursday in the San Gabriel riverbed.

    The body, described as that of an adult male, was found in some brush around 5:30 p.m. by a man scavenging for recyclables, not far from Foothill Boulevard and Irwindale...

  • Decapitated body, head found in Irwindale
    Decapitated body, head found in Irwindale

    A decapitated body was found in a riverbed in Irwindale and a head was recovered nearby, a police official said Thursday night.

    A man scavenging for recyclables made the grisly discovery shortly before 5:30 p.m. near Foothill Boulevard and Irwindale Avenue, police said. The man alerted authorities.

    ...

  • More legal woes for Sriracha plant in fight with Irwindale
    More legal woes for Sriracha plant in fight with Irwindale

    The city of Irwindale will broaden its lawsuit against the makers of Sriracha hot sauce, adding a breach-of-contract claim to its current complaint, an attorney announced Friday.

    After multiple residents began to complain about a spicy odor coming from the sauce maker's factory in Irwindale last...

  • 2 suspects wounded in deputy-involved shooting near Duarte

    Two men were wounded early Sunday in a deputy-involved shooting in the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said.

    The incident began in Duarte shortly after 1 a.m. after deputies spotted a man with a gun near the intersection of Ivory Drive and Galen Street, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Carmen...

  • Sriracha shipments delayed until January by health regulators' action
    Sriracha shipments delayed until January by health regulators' action

    A 30-day delay in the distribution of Sriracha and two other hot sauces manufactured by Huy Fong Foods has some suppliers of Asian food worried about meeting consumer demand.

    The manufacturer cannot ship any more of its product until mid-January because the California Department of Public Health...

  • Sriracha maker ordered to halt shipping until mid-January
    Sriracha maker ordered to halt shipping until mid-January

    Huy Fong Foods faces an unexpected delay in shipping Sriracha and other sauces as it meets stricter health regulations.

  • Sriracha shipping halted until mid-January by state regulators
    Sriracha shipping halted until mid-January by state regulators

    This post has been corrected. See note below for details.Sriracha hot sauce manufacturer Huy Fong Foods cannot ship out any more sauce until mid-January because the California Department of Public Health has begun enforcing stricter guidelines for the company. 

    Their three sauces, Sriracha, Chili...

  • Slightly fewer striking L.A. County social workers rally Monday
    Slightly fewer striking L.A. County social workers rally Monday

    Striking social workers rallied outside the district offices of the five Los Angeles County supervisors Monday, while workers with the county Department of Public Social Services picketed in front of their department's headquarters in the city of Industry.

    The Department of Children and Family...

  • Fate of next year's Sriracha supply to be decided by experts
    Fate of next year's Sriracha supply to be decided by experts

    Following a Los Angeles County Superior Court order that asked for a partial shutdown at the Sriracha hot sauce plant in Irwindale, air quality experts will be called in to decide what parts of the operations must cease, a decision that could affect next year's sauce supply.

    Huy Fong Foods has...

  • Sriracha plant must cease operations that cause odors, judge rules
    Sriracha plant must cease operations that cause odors, judge rules

    A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Tuesday ordered a Sriracha hot sauce plant in Irwindale to partially shut down in response to smell complaints from nearby residents.

    Judge Robert H. O'Brien ruled in favor of the city and ordered sauce maker Huy Fong Foods to cease any kind of operations that...

  • Sriracha, despite its legal woes, is a cultural icon that bites
    Sriracha, despite its legal woes, is a cultural icon that bites

    Hot sauce is so hot right now.

    For the last few months, thanks to a daily Google alert for “Sriracha,” I’ve been treated to all manner of news about the fiery sweet-and-sour chili sauce that has become one of L.A.’s most famous exports, and a staple in every foodie home.

    The links that flowed...

  • Sriracha spat: Judge to decide whether to halt sauce production
    Sriracha spat: Judge to decide whether to halt sauce production

    A judge is set to decide Thursday whether to grant Irwindale's request to stop production of Sriracha sauce while the company tries to limit odors wafting into the neighborhood. 

    The decision could have serious ramifications for next years' supplies of Huy Fong Food's three hot sauces: Chili Garlic,...

  • Sriracha CEO on odor gripes: 'If it doesn't smell, we can't sell'
    Sriracha CEO on odor gripes: 'If it doesn't smell, we can't sell'

    The Sriracha factory in Irwindale that the city claims is causing some in the area to get watery eyes or burning throats also has its supporters.

    Across the street from the factory, Young Ja Whang, 68, runs the cash register at the Liquor Junior Market she owns with her husband. From 8 a.m. to...

  • Some neighbors say Sriracha factory's smell is creating headaches
    Some neighbors say Sriracha factory's smell is creating headaches

    Irwindale is asking a judge to stop production of the hot sauce, saying it's making residents' eyes water and throats burn.

  • Some neighbors say Sriracha factory's smell is creating headaches
    Some neighbors say Sriracha factory's smell is creating headaches

    Irwindale is asking a judge to stop production of the hot sauce, saying it's making residents' eyes water and throats burn.

  • Sriracha odor complaints could shut down hot sauce factory
    Sriracha odor complaints could shut down hot sauce factory

    A Sriracha hot sauce factory in Irwindale may be ordered to halt production this week amid accusations from the city that powerful odors emanating from the facility are causing burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches among nearby residents.

    The city is asking a judge to stop production at...

  • 8 teens suffer heat exhaustion at Irwindale track meet

    Eight student athletes were taken to the hospital after experiencing heat exhaustion at a track meet in Irwindale, officials said. 

    The students, who ranged in age from 13 to 16, started to collapse after reaching the finish line in 107-degree heat, said Kyle Sanford, a supervisor with the Los...

  • West Nile virus detected in three San Gabriel Valley cities
    West Nile virus detected in three San Gabriel Valley cities

    San Gabriel Valley residents are being urged to take precautions while outdoors after tests confirmed West Nile virus activity in three cities in the region, authorities said Tuesday.

    Positive tests were confirmed in samples taken from mosquitoes in the city of Arcadia and from three chicken flocks...

  • Tour bus crash: Company has logged numerous safety violations
    Tour bus crash: Company has logged numerous safety violations

    The tour bus operator whose vehicle overturned on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale, injuring 52 people, has logged three moving violations this year, all of them out-of-state, federal records show.

    The operator, Da Zhen Bus, was cited twice in February for exceeding the speed limit in Arizona -- once...

  • Tour bus steered into occupied lane, clipped car before crash
    Tour bus steered into occupied lane, clipped car before crash

    A tour bus that drove off the 210 Freeway and overturned in Irwindale on Thursday lost control when its driver made an unsafe lane change and clipped another car, the California Highway Patrol said.

    Witnesses said they saw the bus brake hard before swerving across multiple lanes of the eastbound...

  • Tour bus crash victims suffer 'basic blunt-force trauma injuries'
    Tour bus crash victims suffer 'basic blunt-force trauma injuries'

    Five passengers pulled from the tour bus that overturned Thursday morning on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale suffered “pretty basic blunt-force trauma injuries,” a hospital physician said.

    The passengers were among a group of eight who were determined to need immediate medical attention after they...

  • Tour bus crash: Witnesses pull victims from wreckage
    Tour bus crash: Witnesses pull victims from wreckage

    A total of 55 people were injured when a charter bus bound for a casino overturned on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale on Thursday, snarling traffic as emergency crews responded with helicopters and an army of ambulances.

    The 10 a.m. crash stopped all traffic on the eastbound lanes just past the 605...

  • 30 hurt in 210 Freeway bus crash; no critical injuries
    30 hurt in 210 Freeway bus crash; no critical injuries

    None of the estimated 30 people injured Thursday when a charter bus overturned on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale appeared to be critically injured, the California Highway Patrol said.

    All lanes of the freeway just east of the 605 Freeway interchange were temporarily closed as several medical helicopters...

  • Charter bus overturns; 210 Freeway closed in Irwindale
    Charter bus overturns; 210 Freeway closed in Irwindale

    A charter bus overturned on the eastbound 210 Freeway near the 605 Freeway on Thursday, injuring an estimated 30 people and closing both sides of the 210, authorities said.

    There was no information immediately available on the extent of the injuries passengers suffered in the 10 a.m. crash in Irwindale,...

  • TV, movie shoots get inside track at Irwindale Speedway
    TV, movie shoots get inside track at Irwindale Speedway

    Known for being film friendly and charging reasonable rates, Irwindale Speedway also is favored by film scouts because of its proximity to Los Angeles.

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