The East Bay’s Premier Magazine of Culture & Commerce

The East Bay’s Premier Magazine of Culture & Commerce

Valentine Plans

Valentine Plans

Cover | Gail Machlis

Valentine Plans (acrylic). Gail Machlis created the daily cartoon panel Quality Time, which ran for ten years in daily newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Ms. magazine, CosmopolitanNew Woman, and The Artists magazine. She also has one collection of cartoons, Quality Time and Other Quandaries, published by Chronicle Books. Represented by Bookstop Literary Agency, Machlis is currently writing and illustrating children’s books and working as a freelance illustrator. Her original paintings and cards are available at the Fourth Street Studio, www.fourthstreetstudio.com. She can be reached at gmachlis@sbcglobal.net.

Faces of the East Bay

In the Philanthropic Swim

In the Philanthropic Swim

Rockridge residents John Bliss and Kim Thompson may live far removed the gritty flats of East and West Oakland. But this philanthropic couple see themselves as one with the citizens of Oakland, particularly those who are struggling financially, and they’re leading a campaign to get their “financially blessed” peers to invest in the community like they have by funding city programs to teach kids how to swim.