It is, some would argue, "the smell of money."
The stink emanating from the new beef-processing plant in Brawley is bothering some in the city. Others say they don't notice, and still others say they have noticed but they don't mind because that smell means people have jobs and Brawley is prospering as a result.
While a lot of promises were made about how modern and unobtrusive the beef plant would be, realists knew it would never be exactly, well, software design. Killing and cutting apart hundreds of large animals is never going to be a pretty process, and promises otherwise were so much hooey.
There will be waste products from such an operation and there will be smells. City and beef plant officials have said the odors will go away once everything at the plant is fully operational in 60 to 90 days. While we want to believe that and think the stink might significantly lessen, we think there will always be a bit of smell from the plant. Odors simply come with such operations.