HMB Brewing Company Sept. 18 Brews & Views: The New New Deal


By on Thu, September 13, 2012


“The New New Deal: Obama’s Stimulus Program”

Free public forum welcomes Michael Grunwald, TIME Magazine senior correspondent and author, in discussion with Joe Mathews, senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and Lenny Mendonca, director at McKinsey & Company and founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

President Barack Obama’s $800 billion stimulus bill is one of the most important and least understood pieces of legislation in the history of the United States. At the September 18th Brews and Views, Michael Grunwald, TIME Magazine senior correspondent and author of “The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era,” will discuss how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, though reviled on the right and the left, helped prevent a depression while jump-starting the president’s agenda for lasting change. Michael will be in discussion with Joe Mathews, an Irvine Senior Fellow at the New American Foundation and a freelance writer at the Los Angeles Times, and Lenny Mendonca, director of global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
6 to 8 p.m.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
390 Capistrano Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Cost: Admission and snacks are complimentary. Beer, wine, and other beverages will be available for sale at the event. Ten percent of the proceeds from all dinner sales at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company for this event will be donated to the Cabrillo Education Foundation.

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Speaker Biographies:

Michael Grunwald is an author and a senior national correspondent for TIME Magazine. He has won the George Polk Award for national reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize for investigative reporting, the Society of Environmental Journalists award for in-depth reporting, and many other honors.

After growing up on Long Island and graduating from Harvard College, Mike spent six years as a reporter for The Boston Globe. In July 1998, he joined the national staff of The Washington Post, where he was an investigative reporter, political reporter, New York bureau chief and Outlook essayist; he also wrote the lead news story on the September 11 attacks. He joined TIME in September 2007, and has written cover stories on topics ranging from the future of California to the future of the Republican Party; he wrote the Person of the Year profile of Ben Bernanke. He also blogs at Swampland, and recently started a column for the magazine about energy. Mike has also contributed to The New Republic, Slate, Foreign Policy and other publications.

In 2006, Simon & Schuster published Mike’s first book, “The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise.” It was praised as “brilliant” (The Washington Post), “magnificent” (The Palm Beach Post), and “terrific” (The New York Times). In August 2012, Simon & Schuster published his second book, “The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era.”

Joe Mathews is a fourth-generation Californian who writes about his home state and its politics, media, labor and real estate. He co-authored “California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It” and also authored “The People’s Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy.”

Joe serves as associate editor at Zócalo Public Square, contributing writer at The Los Angeles Times, columnist for The Daily Beast, and lead blogger at NBC’s California site, Prop Zero. His work regularly appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The American Prospect, Politico, Scientific American, Los Angeles magazine, and Fox & Hounds Daily.
Before joining New America, he was a reporter for eight years at The Los Angeles Times, where he covered state and presidential politics, education, labor, and the city of Compton.

As a Los Angeles-based Fellow, Mr. Mathews examines California’s governing system and issues of voting and political engagement. He also serves as co-president of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy – which brings together academics, journalists, activists and other experts on initiative and referenda.

Moderator Biography:

Lenny Mendonca is a director (senior partner) in the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.

Lenny is currently the leader of McKinsey’s U.S. state and local public sector practice.  For many years Lenny led the Firm’s knowledge development efforts overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the Firm’s communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly, and has served for a decade on the McKinsey Shareholder Council (its board of directors). His client work focuses on service to public sector organizations, and over the course of his career he has helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges.

Lenny is the Chairman Emeritus of the Bay Area Council and the Economic Institute of the Bay Area, and was vice-chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.  He serves on the boards of The New America Foundation, The Committee for Economic Development, Common Cause, California Forward, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, ChildrenNow, and The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and founder and chairman of Fuse Corps.

He received his MBA and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He holds an AB, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard College.

Lenny lives on the Half Moon Bay coast, south of San Francisco, with his wife and two daughters, where he is the founder and owner of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.


Brews and Views is the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s regular speakers series that tackles public issues that affect us all, from the Coastside of California to Washington, DC. Started in 2009 by Lenny Mendonca, the founder of the Brewing Company and director at McKinsey & Company, Brews and Views serves as both a free public forum and fundraiser for Coastside nonprofit organizations (ten percent of all dinner proceeds are donated to a local nonprofit after each event). Previous notable guests include renowned forecaster Paul Saffo, managing director of foresight at Discern Analytics; Charles Kolb, president of the Committee for Economic Development; Mike McCurry, former press secretary for President Bill Clinton; Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle’s political reporter; and California State Assemblyman Jerry Hill.

Previous Brews and Views are playing as a series on local television station, PCTV on Channel 27, Monday nights at 7pm. For additional videos, visit HMB Media at