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Lawndale may rip out garlic plants for the sake of residents' noses

January 3, 2010 | 10:34 am

The Lawndale City Council is considering ripping out thousands of dollars worth of smelly flowering garlic plants along Hawthorne Boulevard because of complaints by residents.

Removing and replacing the plants could cost the city up to $34,000, the Daily Breeze reports on its website. One resident said the pungent odor from the plants was so strong that her friends and family called the city "Smellydale.''

But Councilman Jim Ramsey joked that the plants do have an upside:

"Since we put them out there, there hasn't been a vampire seen in Lawndale," Ramsey told the Breeze. "So why should we take it out and let the vampires move back?"

-- Phil Willon