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 planned to submit an action plan within 10 days and have the smell -- which residents say burns their eyes and throats at certain times of day -- fixed by June 1.
Despite the public tussle, Councilman Albert Ambriz said that the city wants to keep the hot sauce factory.
"I respect the fact that they are here. But they know there's a problem and it needs to be fixed," Ambriz said.