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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2003 | Steve Berry, Times Staff Writer
After hearing several working-class Latinos say they were bilked out of thousands of dollars, the leader of a Panorama City-based pyramid scheme that ensnared about 16,000 people was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison. In sentencing Mercedes Navarrete, head of La Luz de Oro Corp., Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Tricia Ann Bigelow said the 55-year-old woman "took advantage of particularly vulnerable people."
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 1988 | DENISE HAMILTON
It's Friday night at La Luz de Jesus Folk Art Gallery, and the Elvis impersonator is donning his clerical robes. In 10 minutes, the ordained minister with sideburns will join in holy matrimony Simy Fhima, a waitress at the chic Caribbean restaurant Cha Cha Cha, and Marcus Kuiland, a gallery attendant at La Luz. Forget about wine and cheese. Openings have a different flavor at this topsy-turvy folk art gallery with the rhyming rap name that perches above the Soap Plant boutique on Melrose Avenue.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 1989 | KEVIN ALLMAN
Bizarre, violent and disturbing are some of the adjectives often applied to New York-based artist Joe Coleman, whose live performance pieces and paintings have found an audience at the fringes of the avant-garde art world recently. The La Luz de Jesus Gallery in West Hollywood is now exhibiting a show of Coleman's paintings and drawings--all of which fit the descriptions above. Among the influences that can be traced in Coleman's work are the R.
NATIONAL
May 3, 2002 | From Times wire reports
NEW MEXICO A man who started a wildfire in the Sacramento Mountains that has burned more than 9,500 acres and destroyed at least 20 structures committed suicide because he couldn't live with what happened, a sheriff said. The man wrote a suicide note and then shot himself in the head Wednesday night in a home in La Luz, the Otero County sheriff's office said. Sheriff John Lee identified the man as William Myers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A woman charged with smuggling Mexican women into the United States and forcing them to work as prostitutes at motels near Disneyland has jumped bail, officials said Tuesday. Maria De La Luz Menjivar, 43, of Wilmington failed to appear in court for a hearing last week, prompting a judge to issue an arrest warrant, Anaheim Police Sgt. Rick Martinez said. Menjivar was arrested Feb. 4 after three women reported the alleged sex-slave ring to police.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2010
Well-known for her pop art paintings of beguiling young women in fanciful backdrops, Japanese pop artist Yumiko Kayukawa will be signing her work at the opening of her new show, "49 Days. " Kayukawa's show runs through Sept. 23 in conjunction with surrealist painter and Otis professor Nathan Ota's new exhibition "An Unforeseen Homecoming. " La Luz De Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd. Artist reception, 8-11 p.m. Fri. Free. http://www.laluzdejesus.com .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2003 | Akilah Johnson, Times Staff Writer
Mercedes Navarrete, head of a Panorama City-based pyramid scheme that bilked nearly 16,000 people out of millions of dollars, was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for being married to two men at the same time. Navarrete, 55, who was found guilty of bigamy by a jury in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in April for her role in La Luz de Oro Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2010 | By Alex Espinoza, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Madonnas of Echo Park A Novel Brando Skyhorse Free Press: 204 pp., $23 The Madonnas of Echo Park, in Brando Skyhorse's debut novel of the same name, are a group of Chicanas who flock every Friday night to El Guanaco, "a mercado near Angelino Heights that [sells] rock-hard Twinkies, Colt 45s, and homemade tacos and burritos in the back." It's the same mercado prominently featured in Madonna's 1984 music video "Borderline," and Skyhorse uses the women as a metaphor to explore the growing pains of one Los Angeles community facing demographic, economic and cultural shifts.
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