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Our monthly, or bi-monthly, free speakers series that tackles everything from environmental issues and economic development to social change and politics. Started by Lenny Mendonca, the founder and owner of the Brewing Company, Brews and Views serves as both a free public forum and philanthropy; part of the evening dining proceeds benefit the Cabrillo Education Foundation. Times are 6pm to 8pm, unless otherwise noted.

 

Special Brews&Views Candidate Series

We are delighted to have a special series this fall featuring the following candidates for 2018

Sep 27th

Delaine Easton; Candidate for Governor of CA

Oct 3rd

Marshall Tuck; Candidate for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Oct 25th

Jeff Bleich; Candidate of Lieutenant Governor of CA


November 7, 2017
6-8pm
Half Moon Bay
Brewing Company

Cannabis Forum

Join us for a conversation about the Cannabis industry. Speakers include Natalia Thurston, J.D., M.B.A, Director of Legal Services from CBD Professionals legal service provider for California's rapidly changing cannabis industry and An-Chi Tsou, a policy and political consultant specializing in healthcare and cannabis issues. Other speakers TBA.

 

MODERATORS

Lenny Mendonca, co-founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company.

SPEAKERS

Natalia Thurstonstrong>, J.D., M.B.A, Director of Legal Services, has served as a legal advisor to California’s medical cannabis collectives in business law matters since 2010. In her vigorous legal representation of collectives across California, Natalia brings to the table a strong educational background coupled with extensive industry expertise. Natalia earned her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, M.B.A. from San Francisco State University, and J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law. While studying at Berkeley Law, she won the American Jurisprudence Award for Small Business Counseling, served as an editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, and as a business consultant to the East Bay Community Law Center’s Economic Development Unit. Committed to social justice and patient access issues, Natalia has served as pro bono counsel in a wide range of matters from helping low income terminally ill patients seeking legal relief to serving as legal counsel to the Oakland Art Museum for its 2016 exhibition, Altered State: Marijuana in California. Natalia is licensed to practice law in the State of California.

An-Chi Tsou is a policy and political consultant specializing in healthcare and cannabis issues. In 2016, she launched Tsou Consulting, a full-service public affairs firm based in the East Bay. As principal and founder, An-Chi utilizes her experience in the legislative and regulatory branches of government to help her clients influence California policy and navigate the complexities of regulatory compliance. Her expertise in government relations developed from her time as a health committee consultant and legislative director at the State Capitol, where she focused on Medi-Cal, long-term care, consumers’ rights, and cannabis issues. She was also the lead staffer on California’s medical cannabis laws and worked as the senior policy advisor for the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, now known as the Bureau of Cannabis Control, under the Department of Consumer Affairs. She earned her doctorate in bioengineering from the joint program at University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco, and holds a B.S. in engineering science from Smith College.


November 16, 2017
6-8pm
Half Moon Bay
Brewing Company

Smart Guns and Firearm Safety Technology

A conversation with Margot Hirsch President of Smart Tech Challenges Foundation. Smart Tech Challenges Foundation funds innovators creating smart guns and firearm safety technologies for American gun owners. Gun owners will benefit from technologies that will help prevent injuries and deaths if a firearm falls into the wrong hands.

 

BACKGROUND

Smart Tech Challenges Foundation funds innovators creating smart guns and firearm safety technologies for American gun owners. Gun owners will benefit from technologies that will help prevent injuries and deaths if a firearm falls into the wrong hands.

Smart Tech is the nation’s leading organization supporting the development of innovative solutions to prevent what Americans agree is the most preventable form of gun violence: accidental shootings and youth suicides. In 2014, the Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge granted $1 million to 15 innovators developing user-authentication and other technology to ensure the safe use of guns. Following the initial challenge, Smart Tech continues to raise awareness among investors, gun owners, and advocates on the life-saving potential of smart gun technologies.

Smart Tech supports the Second Amendment individual right to keep and bear arms. We believe that the market, not government, should drive innovation and consumer choice. Our goal is to identify technology solutions that improve gun safety and provide consumers the opportunity to purchase safer, more secure firearms. iews.

MODERATORS

Lenny Mendonca, co-founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company.

SPEAKERS

Margot Hirsch, President Smart Tech Foundation


December 7, 2017
6-8pm
Half Moon Bay
Brewing Company

Race Dialogs, Part 2

A conversation with Mary Webb and Kate Mayer. Now more than ever people of different backgrounds and races need to come together to share differences and common ground. Mary and Kate are inspiring others to start their own race discussion groups in order to break down racial barriers.

 

MODERATORS

Lenny Mendonca, co-founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company.

SPEAKERS

Kate Mayer is the collaborating director and co-producer of "Living Room Revolution: The Race Dialogues." A longtime writer, she has written several scripts that are used by companies to open up dialogue in the workplace, including, "Talk About AIDS" (produced by Levi Strauss & Co.), which is used by companies to educate blue-collar workers. She also wrote an award-winning script: "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Stress But Didn't Have Time To Ask" for the California State Bar Association. With "Living Room Revolution: The Race Dialogues," Mayer hopes to inspire others to start race dialogues.

Mary H. Webb is the collaborating director and co-producer of "Living Room Revolution: The Race Dialogues." She lives in Berkeley, CA, where she writes, makes films and teaches creative writing. Her work includes two novels, "The God-Hustlers" and "Glinda The Good: A Tale Of Four Lovers"; two plays, "The Incest Project" and "Playing For Keeps"; and now, her first film, "Living Room Revolution: The Race Dialogues." This film was inspired by the dialogues she has hosted in her home for the last 12 years, and her hopes to inspire other people to start race dialogues in their living rooms.