WE OPEN FEATURES this month with a critical ook at elder financial abuse. Talking to some of its victims, writer Laura
Hilgers learned the crime is not just far more
common than we think; it’s often perpetrated
by those closest to us. The story has tips on
how to avoid getting scammed and explains
why the time to start thinking about it is now.
Next up, we see Cuba through local photographer Jack Wolford’s eyes. He was as taken with
the people as he was with the sun-drenched
colors, and his camera uncovers a truly special
In our story on holiday entertaining,
food writer and stylist Lynda Balslev takes a
different tack than usual: instead of menus, this
time she shows how to set a festive mood with
a tasteful table. From rustic elegance to winter
white to open-house buffet, you’ll find ways to
create a spirit of celebration; your guests will be
charmed before they even sit down.
Up front we’re all about the November
election. Jim Wood breaks down the ballot to
help voters navigate all the state, county and
city propositions, measures and offices — and
outlines why there are 61 versions of said ballot this time around. We also talk to the man
behind Govern for California about holding our elected officials accountable, and we
interview Marin Independent Journal ’s political writer on where he gets his column ideas
(hint: it starts with getting mad).
Destinations combats the winter blues
with ideas for wellness trips like surf camps
and beach retreats. Time to grab your
swimwear and book that flight.
It’s a big issue with a big range of stories; we
hope after you’ve taken it in, you get out there
and VOTE — our democracy depends on it.
Daniel Jewett, Managing Editor
Cuba still feels a
little 1950s — a
retro vibe most
vividly seen in
some of the cars.
the color and
the culture of an
island at a certain
moment in time.
Your guests will be charmed before
they even sit down.