Help Get Computers To Low Income Families

  • January 15, 2017
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I’d like to highlight a charity today on Cash Sherpa that is putting computers in the hands of low income families in South LA and much more. Computers are tools not just for entertainment, but also education, job advancement, networking, etc. Computers are more than just the dollar amount they cost, putting them into the hands of low income families might be the first step to economic improvement.

Help support their program at: Operation Bright Lights


Giving computers to low income families is just the beginning of what this charity does. See below for more details of this 501C3 organization.

Who Are They?

“Our community computer program will link young persons with a network of M.E.N.T.O.R.S. who will be there to guide them through their educational and social issues. We intend to repair relations between the community and law-enforcement; by running a participant driven blog we will give voice to the issues in the community by word of the members; and our annual awareness candlelight vigil – Operation Bright Lights. We welcome other organizations that would like to partner with us. Please visit our website at We are a non-profit 501C3 organization.”

What’s The M.E.N.T.O.R.S. Program?

“1) Links participants with mentors in the community and provides apprenticeship training to those who want to strive for community reform and family stabilization. 2) Gives assistance to families without insurance, to help with afterlife expenses 3) Advocates against Black on Black crime, Police Brutality, and Cultural Deprivat.”

What’s Operation Bright Lights?

“1) Brings awareness to plight of our community. 2) Holds an annual candlelight vigil for all those we lost in the previous year. 3) Recruits participants for the M.E.N.T.O.R.S. program.”

There are many facets to this charity. Specifically giving computers away to South LA Families in need, linking these people with the M.E.N.T.O.R. program, and Operation Bright Lights. Help support them today, make a donation on their web site.

Crazy Coffee Shop Called Dumb Starbucks Dumfounds Los Angeles

  • February 10, 2014
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Crazy Coffee Shop Called Dumb Starbucks Dumfounds Los Angeles

This is the craziest marketing idea I’ve ever seen for a coffee shop!

Simply brilliant!

So one might ask, “How is this legal?” Two words, parody law. My guess is the parody law won’t stop Starbucks for suing as fast as you can say Grande.

Dumb Starbucks looks almost exactly like the real Starbucks.

The Dumb Starbucks offered free coffee throughout the weekend and is staffed by 2 baristas.

I would suspect the only people that will end up looking dumb is the owner that started Dumb Starbucks. Starbucks has deep pockets and great lawyers. I admire the attempt by Dumb Starbucks to bring this parody to life. If they are allowed to stay in business I’d guess this idea will be copied throughout the country. The more ridiculous the parody the better because of the tons of free news articles, blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and posts. It’s a business model that creates endless free marketing.

Both signs inside the fake Starbucks and outside look almost identical:

Dumb Starbucks

Another picture from people waiting in line outside of Dumb Starbucks

Dumb Starbucks

The Dumb Starbucks Entertaining FAQ

Dumb Starbucks

Dumb Starbucks Coffee Cups

Dumb Starbucks

Waiting in line to get into Dumb Starbucks


Shipping-container Homes the Wave of the Future?

  • August 27, 2008
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This blog is all about saving money so I want to let you in on one of the hottest new ways to save money… build your home out of shipping containers. Yes, you know those large metal containers, the one Batman in ‘The Dark Night’ used to get down to the temporary Bat Cave. Now only in LA they are starting to use these steel containers to build homes that are really, really nice… I guess. Only if you like living in steel metal containers once used to transport Chinese imports. The shipping container homes cost per square foot “$150 to $200 (I was thinking they would cost $0.00 per square foot), compared with about $220 to $250 for much of the traditional building in the area (” What will LA “architects” think of next? May be a home made out of discarded oil barrels? Or a home made out of other recycled shipping container homes? Read the LA Times article here.

Are Red Light Cameras for Safety or for Scam?

  • May 20, 2008
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Is the goal of red light cameras for safety or for scamming you out of money? Some say scam in the Las Angelas area based on new research done by the LA Times. When they sold the idea to the public here in Seattle they touted that it would cut down on those running red lights. See the May 19th 2008 article here: “In Los Angeles, officials estimate that 80% of red light camera tickets go not to those running through intersections but to drivers making rolling right turns. The city of Los Angeles issued more than 30,000 photo tickets last year at 32 camera-equipped intersections. About 8 in 10 involved right turns, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Matthew MacWillie, the program’s co-coordinator.” Red light running violations in Los Angeles County aren’t cheep at $381. Rolling red light right hand turns still fetch a hefty $159 for what essentially is a legal turn. Since rolling turns are not a major safety concern in my opinion this suggests (not surprising) that cities motive for installing red light cameras has a lot to do with generating additional revenue and not necessarily about saving lives. I’d like to know your thoughts, please comment.






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