Rancho La Puerta, North America’s original fitness resort and spa, brings back the beloved one-day experience of spending Saturdays at The Ranch!
Experience Wellness and Rejuvenation with Saturdays at The Ranch
Whether you’re looking for a solo wellness escape or to reconnect with your loved ones, Saturday at The Ranch offers a taste of the unique reawakening and spiritual mental escape experienced at the iconic wellness resort.
Located just one hour south of San Diego in Tecate, Mexico, Rancho La Puerta invites local residents to embark on a luxurious one-day retreat with its Saturday at the Ranch program, promising a day of relaxation, wellness, and self-care, which includes:
- Complimentary Transportation: Guests will enjoy round-trip transportation from San Diego to the picturesque Rancho La Puerta.
- Exploring the Grounds: A guided tour of the Rancho La Puerta grounds and facilities, allowing participants to immerse themselves in the tranquil surroundings.
- Culinary Delights: A cooking demonstration and interactive tasting at La Cocina Que Canta, the resort’s renowned culinary center situated on a six-acre farm.
- Fitness and Spa: Choose from a variety of select fitness classes, followed by a Mediterranean-style lunch at the Ranch. Guests will also receive a complimentary 50-minute luxurious massage for ultimate relaxation.
- Nature Immersion: A nature hike through a portion of Rancho La Puerta’s expansive 3,000-acre nature preserve, offering breathtaking views and a connection with nature.
See you there!
Upcoming dates for Saturday at the Ranch include March 9, April 13, May 11, and June 15, 2024. Make your reservations here.
This exclusive Saturdays at the Ranch retreat provides an unparalleled opportunity for individuals to reset and recharge, immersing themselves in a day of well-being and serenity.
Rancho La Puerta is located at Carretera Mexicali-Tijuana K.M, 136.5, Rancho la Puerta, 21520 Tecate, B.C., Mexico. Visit the website here for more info.
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Two giant pandas are being sent to San Diego Zoo from China
LOS ANGELES – Panda diplomacy is back.
Two giant pandas are headed to the San Diego Zoo on loan from China as a gesture of diplomatic goodwill towards the United States.
In a statement from San Diego Zoo officials obtained by The Associated Press, all permits and other requirements have been approved.
The two bears are expected to arrive by the summer’s end.
Why are pandas coming back to San Diego?
In November 2023, Chinese President Xi Jinping said his nation would send new pandas to the U.S. as motion to strengthen diplomatic ties between the two countries.
“We are ready to continue our cooperation with the United States on panda conservation, and do our best to meet the wishes of the Californians so as to deepen the friendly ties between our two peoples,” Xi said last year during a dinner speech with business leaders.
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Fears over the future of so-called panda diplomacy escalated last year when the zoos in Washington, D.C., and Memphis, Tennessee, returned their pandas to China, leaving only four pandas in the United States, all at the zoo in Atlanta. That loan agreement expires later this year.
But in November, Chinese President Xi Jinping raised hopes his country would start sending pandas to the U.S. again after he and President Joe Biden convened in Northern California for their first face-to-face meeting in a year and pledged to try to reduce tensions.
Who are the pandas?
China is considering a pair that includes a female descendent of Bai Yun and Gao Gao, two of the zoo’s former residents, said Owen, an expert in panda behavior who has worked in San Diego and China.
Giant panda Bai Yun is seen at China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda Dujiangyan Base after years in U.S. on May 16, 2019 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China.
Bai Yun, who was born in captivity in China, lived at the zoo for more than 20 years and gave birth to six cubs there. She and her son were the zoo’s last pandas and returned to China in 2019.
Gao Gao was born in the wild in China and lived at the San Diego Zoo from 2003 to 2018 before being sent back.
Will other zoos get pandas?
“We’re very excited and hopeful,” said Megan Owen of the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance and vice president of Wildlife Conservation Science. “They’ve expressed a tremendous amount of enthusiasm to re-initiate panda cooperation starting with the San Diego Zoo.”
According to the China Wildlife Conservation Association, it is currently in talks with zoos in Madrid, Spain, Washington, D.C., and Vienna to solidify a partnership that will further research into the animals.
The partnership will include research on disease prevention and habitat protection and contribute to China’s national panda park construction, the organization said.
“We look forward to further expanding the research outcomes on the conservation of endangered species such as giant pandas, and promoting mutual understanding and friendship among peoples through the new round of international cooperation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said in Beijing.
The Associated Press contributed to this story. It was reported from Los Angeles.
San Diego librarians’ work now involves battling censorship
A handful of people lined up outside Rancho Penasquitos Library on a chilly morning last week, like eager shoppers on Black Friday.
“Morning, how are you?” asked Adrianne Peterson, the library’s branch manager, greeting patrons with matched enthusiasm. “Wow, everybody is showing up today.”
Peterson is a 30-year veteran of libraries. She studied art as an undergraduate at San Diego State University, but switched to library information science for graduate school at the University of Illinois after some self-discovery.
“I learned about myself as I got older, that what’s meaningful to me is to help people,” Peterson said. “Being a librarian is a way that I could help every person every day, from the littlest kid to seniors and everybody in between.”
She has built a career on helping people. She said libraries offer much more than books — early literacy programs, resume building, and helping people earn their high school diplomas. At a time of fraying social bonds and epidemic loneliness, she noted libraries are one of the last shared spaces open to everyone.
“You don’t have to pay to come to the library,” Peterson said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, rich or poor, educated, whatever your religious beliefs are, we don’t judge. We don’t tell you what to read.”
So she was shocked last June when she got a ransom note of sorts from two Rancho Penasquitos women objecting to a Pride Month display.
“I received an email saying that, ‘We protest this type of material being on display, and we’ve checked out the materials, and we will not return them until you remove the display,’” Peterson recalled.
She said the women did eventually return the books, but not before media coverage triggered a backlash to the attempted censorship.
“My phone rang off the hook,” Peterson said. “People sent books. I had Amazon packages piled up on my desk, and they asked, ‘Can we make a donation? Can I go buy some books at Barnes & Noble and drop them off to replenish your display?’ And on and on.”
Peterson said she drew two lessons from the incident. Support for libraries and inclusivity is far greater than for censorship. But at the same time, San Diego is not immune to a trend in recent years of people trying to control what others read, despite a long history of public libraries.
Benjamin Franklin built America’s first library in Philadelphia in 1731. More than a century later, industrialist Andrew Carnegie funded 1,700 new libraries, dubbing them “Palaces for the People.” These democratic cornerstones are now increasingly under attack amid the nation’s current divide.
The American Library Association reports there were 695 challenges to more than 1,900 books in the United States during the first eight months of last year in places like Virginia, Tennessee and Iowa. That’s a 20% increase over the same period in 2022, which was a record-breaking year.
The San Diego Public Library branches have received five official book challenges in the last five years: two in 2021, one in 2022, two in 2023. Patrons also air their grievances through online comments, like this one blaming the library for society’s ills:
“The library is a den of inappropriate material for minor children and adults as well! The filth, hate and psychological disease you promote is disgusting! You each should be ashamed of supporting and promoting filth and garbage to our citizens! Yet you wonder why our society is so immoral and mentally deranged now….”
Most of the challenges are to books on race and LGBTQ+ topics, said Robyn Gage-Norquist, who leads the San Diego city library system’s reconsideration committee, which reviews book complaints.
“It’s the two issues that we just can’t get away from in our country,” she said. “We want to categorize people and try to look for something that’s different about them and make that a challenge when it really shouldn’t be.”
She believes fear is driving censorship advocates.
“What’s happening is that people are now being frightened,” Gage-Norquist said. “They’re told to be scared of these books and that we’re taking them out to protect you.”
Jennifer Jenkins, San Diego Public Library system’s deputy director of customer experience, contends that libraries are under attack also because they are one of the last institutions that are publicly funded. She said dictating what libraries offer the public is part of a larger agenda to foster ignorance, because an uninformed population is more malleable.
“The concept of libraries is radical,” Jenkins said. “To have that democratic approach to providing information so that you have an informed citizenry, an informed constituency, is threatening because knowledge is power.”
Jenkins said she’s ready for the fight to preserve the ideals underpinning libraries.
Back in Rancho Penasquitos, librarian Peterson is equally resolute.
“Most people are tolerant and encouraging of others and we should all learn how to be a team and find our similarities rather than our differences,” she said. “And I hope the library can help people do that.”
She said patrons help too by pushing for more inclusiveness. She said most of the complaints she receives aren’t about trying to remove books, but from people who believe the library’s collection isn’t diverse enough.
Migrant numbers up in San Diego Sector, encounters with Chinese up 500%
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The U.S. Border Patrol Chief says San Diego is seeing a big jump in the number of Chinese migrants detained at the border, saying the sector is seeing a 500% increase in the numbers compared to the same time last year.
The immigration issue was one of the talking points for chairwoman Nora Vargas’ state of the county address Wednesday.
Chairwoman Vargas mentioned the increase in the number of asylum seekers trying to cross into San Diego and the funding approved to help them, which has since run out.
“Our federal government has an obligation to address this global humanitarian crisis,” said Vargas.
While asylum seekers continue to arrive, the demographics are changing. On Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol Chief Jason Owens shared a tweet stating that the San Diego Sector has made over 140,000 apprehensions in the fiscal year.
He says over 20,000 of the migrants are from China, something he says is a more than 500% increase compared to the same time last fiscal year.
To try and find out why, ABC 10News spoke to Natasha Wong, president of the House of China in Balboa Park. Wong shared that friends and family back home say things haven’t recovered since the pandemic.
“I just heard that there are a lot of restrictions still on personal freedoms in China; things haven’t returned to normal,” says Wong.
Wong also runs the Chinese school of San Diego and says the school principal had requests for translators to help at the border.
According to CBP numbers, in the last fiscal year to date, there were just over a thousand Chinese migrants apprehended, compared to the chief’s numbers of over 20,000 in the same time frame, roughly four months.
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