brews and views

Join us the first Thursday of the month from 6-8pm for a cold brew and a fresh view on American politics.

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January 8th, 6pm - 8pm: Kendall Flint
Brews and Views welcomes Kendall Flint to discuss Connect the Coastside, a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan that will identify programs and improvements along Highway 1 and Highway 92 to accommodate the Midcoast’s future transportation needs. Connect the Coastside covers Highway 1 from the just south of the Devils Slide Tunnel to the southern city limits of Half Moon Bay and Highway 92 west from Highway 1 to Interstate 280. Here about the preliminary results and key issues and challenges facing the Coastside.

January 22nd - A discussion with Gary Delnow, Ph.D., director of Wired International, about the Ebola virus, and how Wired is involved in this worldwide medical crisis
Gary Selnow is a professor at the Edelman Institute at San Francisco State University and Director of WiRED International. Selnow is the author/co-author of seven books including Society's Impact on Television,High Tech Campaigns, Electronic Whistle-Stops: The Impact of the Internet on American Politics, and most recently The People, Press and Politics of Croatia.

February 5th, 6pm - 8pm: Dr. Lawrence J. McQuillan
An evening with Dr. Lawrence J. McQuillan, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at The Independent Institute and author of California Dreamin': Resolving the Public Pension Crisis.

Dr. McQuillan’s books and major studies include A Brighter Future: Solutions to Policy Issues Affecting America’s Children, California Prosperity: Roadmap to Recovery 2011: Ten Steps to Return California to Prosperity, Jackpot Justice: The True Cost of America’s Tort System, Tort Law Tally, U.S. Tort Liability Index, The Facts about Medical Malpractice Liability Costs, U.S. Economic Freedom Index, An Empire Disaster: Why New York’s Tort System Is Broken and How to Fix It, Tort Law Tally: How State Tort Reforms Affect Tort Losses and Tort Insurance Premiums, Bringing More Sunshine to California: How to Expand Open Government in the Golden State and The International Monetary Fund: Financial Medic to the World? In addition, he is the author of more than 350 articles in such leading outlets as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, USA Today, New York Post, and Encyclopaedia Britannica.

February 19th, 6pm - 8pm: Mark Baldassare
An evening with Mark Baldassare President of Public Policy Institute of California. Discussion topic: Government reform, state local relations. More details to follow soon.

merchants of doubt

March 5th, 6pm - 8pm: Dinner and a movie! $30 (as always, the movie is free)
Join us for a special screening of Robert Kenners Merchants Of Doubt from Participant Media, inspired by the book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. Merchants of Doubt looks at the tactics used by media pundits of oil, gas and tobacco companies , including their so-called scientific findings and spin to dissuade us about the real facts about cigarettes, global warming and gas guzzlers. Robert Kenner is best known for his Oscar nominated documentary Food Inc. which took a chisel to the myths spread by agribusinesses about food safety.

March 19th, 6pm - 8pm: An evening with the Director of the Madison Initiative Daniel Stid.
Daniel Stid is Director of the Madison Initiative at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The goal of the Madison Initiative is to support and improve the health of representative democracy in the United States.

April 2nd - TBD

April 16th, 6pm - 8pm: An evening with Michael W. Kirst.
Michael W. Kirst is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University. He has been on the Stanford faculty since 1969. In 2011, Kirst became the President of the California State Board Of Education for the second time. Professor Kirst was a member of the California State Board of Education (1975/1982) and its president from 1977 to 1981. Dr. Kirst received his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard. Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Dr. Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty, and Director of Program Planning for the Elementary and Secondary Education of the US Office of Education. His book From High School to College with Andrea Venezia was published by Jossey Bass in 2004, and Political Dynamics Of American Education in 2009.

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