Brews & Views: Sacramento and the budget, the $28 billion question, Thursday


By on Thu, February 3, 2011

Free public forum welcomes Assemblyman Rich Gordon with moderator Ted Lempert, President of Children Now

This Thursday, February 3, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company welcomes California State Assemblyman Rich Gordon and moderator Ted Lempert to discuss the projected $28 billion deficit the state of California faces in 2011 and what Sacramento is going to do about it. Will California's 39th Governor, Jerry Brown, be able to tackle and overcome the multi-billion dollar problem that is eating away at an already weak economy and job market? Gordon and Lempert will leverage their experience and knowledge to examine the problems and discuss possible solutions with the audience.

Ten percent of proceeds from all dinner sales at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company that evening will be donated to Cabrillo Education Foundation.

Assemblyman Gordon was elected in November 2010 to represent the majority of the Silicon Valley and neighboring communities. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Gordon was first a minister in the United Methodist Church, dedicating most of his life to community and public service. The church assigned him to work with street youth in Chicago, which eventually led him to a career in social work:  "I found my true calling was with disadvantaged youth and I pursued that path rather than work in parish ministry."

Ted Lempert has received several prominent awards before becoming president of Children Now, a national research and advocacy organization. He received the "Al Rodda Lifetime Service Award" from the California School Boards Association and has been named "Legislator of the Year" by numerous leading education groups, including the National Association of Educational Service Agencies and the California Association of School Administrators. He served as State Assemblyman of the same District to which Gordon was recently elected (1988 to 1992 and 1996 to 2000) and has been instrumental in passing several pieces of legislation, such as the Lempert-Keene Oil Spill Prevention & Response Act and the Golden State Scholarshare Trust (California's College Savings Plan).

Thursday, February 3, 2011
6 to 8 p.m.

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
390 Capistrano Road, Princeton-by-the-Sea, Calif.

Admission and snacks are complimentary. Beer, wine, and other beverages will be available for sale at the event.

For more information:
Call 650-728-2739 or visit