Turns out, as with all things political, there’s money involved in here. In order to entice Huy Fong from Rosemead - where they’ve been operating for years without complaint - Irwindale offered the company a low cost loan and expected to collect the interest. Huy Fong built the plant, moved and immediately refi’d and paid off the loan, screwing the city out of the interest. Irwindale, like a lot of these little LA satellite cities is a crooked cesspool. The Mayor and the Deputy Mayor are both under indictment for fishy practices with money. Also, the vast majority of the complaints have been filed by one household - who’s the nephew of one of the city councilmen. It’s a shake down pure and simple.
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