A Roundup of Eastside News & Info

Prepare for a Boyle Heights freeway shut down, a prominent East L.A. tortilla maker passes away and an Eagle Rock restaurant owner shines in the Golden Globes spotlight. Here is your Thursday edition of News & Notes:

Caltrans warns drivers of 101 Freeway closure in Boyle Heights

The southbound 101 will be closed on Thursday and Friday nights (Jan. 10 & 11) from 11 pm to 5 am from the 10 Freeway to 7th Street, said the highway agency. The closure will allow workers to adjust the temporary structure that supports the new 6th Street Bridge that is now under construction. If you don’t want to get stuck in traffic, Caltrans advises find detours or just avoid the area entirely.

Driver pleads not guilty in deadly Boyle Heights crash

Authorities claim that Joe Louis Perez was driving under the influence of laughing gas when his Ford Mustang was involved in a crash that killed an 11-year-old girl at a Whittier Boulevard taco stand. But this week the 23-year-old Perez pleaded not guilty to two felony counts related to the November 2017 crash, reports the L.A. Times. Perez returns to court next month, and, if convicted, faces up to nearly 14 years in prison.

East L.A. tortilla maker dies

Francisco Ramirez, whose La Princesita sold tortillas to high-end restaurants as well as neighborhood residents, died from a heart attack at age 64, said the L.A. Times. Even as his company grew, Ramirez made tortillas the old fashioned way, with stone-ground nixtamalized corn. “He didn’t care if you were someone in the neighborhood or a high-end restaurant — you were a customer, and that’s what mattered,” said his daughter Mavel.

Eagle Rock restaurant owner shines at the Golden Globes

Producer Alexis Martin Woodall and the creative crew behind “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” took to the stage on Sunday night to accept the 2019 Golden Globe in the limited TV series/TV movie category. But Martin Woodall is not only a Hollywood producer. As The Boulevard Sentinel noted, she is also co-owner of the Eagle Rock restaurant Red Herring with her husband, chef Dave Woodall.

“Dining out is a privilege,” Martin Woodall said in a 2016 interview. “It should be an experience, as opposed to a theatrical production. And comfort food can be an experience. It doesn’t have to be one or the other.”

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