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Baja California Joins Global Fight Against Discrimination

Today, the world celebrates the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT), a time to champion inclusivity and combat discrimination. This year’s theme emphasizes “Justicia Social y Económica para Todas las Personas,” urging societies to ensure economic justice and social protection for all, without exceptions based on gender identity or sexual orientation​.

Here in Baja California, the celebration resonates deeply. As one of the Mexican states with a smaller LGBTI population, Baja California prides itself on fostering an inclusive environment, despite challenges. The state’s authorities and activists are continuously working to push forward rights and acceptance​.

This day also marks an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of identities, and advocate for the ongoing struggle against discrimination. By participating in or supporting your local LGBTQ+ community, everyone can contribute to a more inclusive world where everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, has equal opportunities to thrive.

Baja California Gets its First Michelin Stars

Baja California has always been a hotspot for sun, surf, and, let’s be honest, some of the most drool-worthy tacos on the planet. But now, the culinary scene here is getting some serious global recognition. That’s right, folks—Michelin stars have landed in Baja, and it’s time to dish out the details!

Recognized as having “the most revolutionary gastronomy in Mexico,” the region secured 16 awards and 22 restaurant recommendations, showcasing its diverse and innovative culinary landscape.

The Star-Studded Lineup

One Michelin Star Winners:

  • Damiana (Valle de Guadalupe) – Esteban Lluis
  • Conchas de Piedra (Valle de Guadalupe) – Drew Deckman
  • Animalón (Valle de Guadalupe) – Javier Plascencia and Oscar Torres

Bib Gourmand Recognitions

These spots are celebrated for offering excellent food at reasonable prices:

Green Stars for Sustainability

Restaurants committed to sustainable practices include:

Special Awards

  • Sommelier Award: Animalón (Valle de Guadalupe) – Lauren Plascencia
  • Service Award: Restaurante Amores (Tecate) – Marcelo Hisaki and Reyna Venegas

Honorable Mentions

Michelin also highlighted several outstanding eateries:

Baja California’s culinary scene is not just about delicious food but also about innovation, sustainability, and a deep respect for local ingredients. Whether you’re a die-hard foodie or just love a good meal, these Michelin-recognized spots are a must-visit.

So, next time you’re here, make sure to indulge in these top-notch dining experiences. Bon appétit!

Rosarito Celebrates 139 Years with Sun, Fun, and Community Spirit

Rosarito just threw a birthday bash for the books! The city celebrated its 139th anniversary, and let me tell you, it was a party you wouldn’t want to miss. The government pulled out all the stops to make sure this milestone didn’t just pass by; they turned it into a grand celebration of Rosarito’s rich history and vibrant community.

The day was packed with cultural performances that showcased the local talent and traditions. Picture this: dancers in colorful costumes moving to the rhythms of folk music, each step and note telling a story of the city’s past. It wasn’t just a treat for the eyes but also a reflection of Rosarito’s cultural heritage.

But hey, what’s a birthday without a cake, right? And Rosarito didn’t disappoint. The city presented a giant cake, because when you’re celebrating 139 years, a regular-sized cake just won’t cut it. This wasn’t just any cake; it was a symbol of the city’s gratitude towards its residents and a sweet start to another year of growth and development.

The mayor, along with city officials, took this opportunity to remind everyone of Rosarito’s journey from its early days to becoming the vibrant tourist destination it is today. They highlighted the achievements over the years and outlined future plans that promise to enhance the quality of life for its residents.

15 Marine Mammals Found Dead on Ensenada Beaches

In recent weeks, Ensenada has witnessed an alarming phenomenon: the deaths of 15 marine mammals along its shores. These incidents have stirred local authorities and organizations into action, trying to pinpoint the cause of these tragic losses.

The deceased animals, ranging from seals to larger species, have been reported by concerned citizens and are currently under investigation by several environmental and marine biology experts from the Zona Federal Marítimo Terrestre (Zofemat), Profepa, and the civil association Investigación y Conservación de Mamíferos Marinos de Ensenada (Icmme). Alfredo Benjamín Figueroa Rodríguez, operational coordinator at Zofemat, highlighted that despite their efforts, the specific causes of death remain undetermined pending scientific analysis.

The situation poses significant concerns about the marine ecosystem’s health and prompts questions about possible environmental or human factors contributing to these incidents. The community is urged to report any unusual sightings of marine life, whether dead or alive, to ensure a rapid response and minimize potential health risks from handling these animals.

This spike in marine mammal deaths has put a spotlight on the broader implications for biodiversity and environmental stewardship in the region.

$800 Million Approved to End Desalination Plant Dispute in Rosarito

Tijuana.- The Baja California government has secured federal funding totaling 800 million pesos to purchase land for a new desalination plant and settle an international lawsuit with Aguas de Rosarito. Víctor Amador Barragán, Secretary for Water Management, Sanitation, and Protection (Seproa), announced the allocation for the formalization of the land purchase and the discontinuation of international arbitration.

The dispute began after a contract cancellation by former governor Jaime Bonilla Valdez, prompting Aguas de Rosarito S.A.P.I, a consortium slated to execute the desalination project, to file a lawsuit under the trade agreement between Mexico and the European Union.

Marco Moreno Mexía, State Finance Secretary, indicated that an agreement with the consortium is imminent, which will conclude the international litigation. He mentioned that details on the restructuring of the project are forthcoming, emphasizing the sensitivity of the ongoing negotiations involving the Mexican state.

The planned facility will be built on the same site initially intended by Aguas de Rosarito, next to a hydroelectric station operated by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). Moreno Mexía cited this location as optimal due to existing infrastructure.

Moreover, he revealed that the states of Arizona and California have shown a “real interest” in investing in the project, but priority will be given to addressing local water supply issues in Baja California. The plant is expected to produce one to two cubic meters of desalinated water per second, ensuring water supply to the coastal zone of Baja California for the next decade.

We Bring You All the Details About Viñedos en Flor 2024!

Get ready for the vibrant XVIII Fiesta de los Viñedos en Flor, happening this June 8th at the scenic Jardín Decantos in Valle de Guadalupe. Wenceslao Martínez Payán, president of the Comité Provino Baja California, has announced that this charming family-friendly festivity will open its doors free to youngsters under 18, promising an unforgettable day for everyone. This annual gathering, rooted deep in the community for 17 years, primarily aims to fundraise through the sale of wine, food, and art.

Highlighting the event’s charitable spirit, last year’s proceeds went to substantial improvements at the local CBTA number 323 high school, benefiting 150 students. This enhancement included upgraded sports facilities, classroom furnishings, computer equipment, and a nearly completed civic plaza. Despite the fundraising not covering all the costs, Provino members generously filled the financial gap, ensuring the school remained a crucial stepping stone for local youth aiming for higher education.

As for the event itself, adults can enjoy wine tastings for a ticket price of 750 pesos, while children participate for free, without any limit per family. This year expects a turnout of about 200 kids, engaging in various artistic and recreational activities. They’ll get to contribute to a collective mural, fly kites, interact with farm animals, and even try their hand at large-scale painting, with the finished artworks auctioned off at the end of the day.

Foodies are in for a treat as well, with 84 wineries offering over 160 different wine labels to sample. The culinary section, led by chef Miguel Bahena, will feature a Mercadito Campestre showcasing local honey and cheeses, and multiple food stations manned by renowned chefs highlighting local ingredients. The event will also celebrate local cultures with traditional cooks and artisans.

For those interested in diving deeper into sustainable agriculture, don’t miss the Conferencias en Flor on June 7th at CETYS University’s Cevit Auditorium. This free event will feature expert talks on sustainable agriculture, aligning with Provino’s strategic themes.

Tickets are available at the Comité Provino offices, Decantos Vinícola, La Contra, at the door, or online at provinobc.mx. Don’t miss out on this beautiful blend of community, culture, and cuisine at Fiesta de los Viñedos en Flor!

Red Cross Day and Local Efforts in Rosarito

Every May 8th, we celebrate World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. It’s a special time to acknowledge the local and global humanitarian efforts spearheaded by the Red Cross and founded over 160 years ago by volunteer Henry Dunant. This day is not just about remembering our roots but also about paying tribute to the millions of volunteers and staff who dedicate their lives to helping those in dire need of protection, medical care, social aid, and solidarity.

Across the globe, the Red Cross steps up in scenarios most of us can barely imagine—armed conflicts, natural disasters, climate crises, epidemics, and more. Their emblem, recognized worldwide, is a beacon of hope and safety. It’s crucial for ensuring the safety of Red Cross personnel everywhere, allowing them to deliver life-saving assistance while maintaining the neutrality essential for reaching isolated and endangered communities.

Despite numerous challenges vying for attention and resources, the Red Cross remains committed to highlighting forgotten crises and upholding humanity, especially in contexts of extreme polarization and dehumanization. Upholding international humanitarian law is not only a commitment to the dignity of those affected by crises but also to our shared humanity.

In Rosarito, the local Red Cross chapter mirrors this global mission with profound dedication. They recently kicked off the 2024 School Collection with an event at El Rosario Primary School, aiming to surpass last year’s impressive fundraising total of two hundred thousand pesos. The demonstration by Red Cross paramedics showed students the critical work performed in emergencies, inspiring the next generation to support and contribute.

Sergio Conrado Hernández, the local Red Cross President, shared a touching personal story about how Red Cross paramedics saved his hand, motivating him to support the organization. He encouraged students from all educational levels to contribute, with the funds aimed at supporting the over 500 monthly emergency calls responded to by the Rosarito Red Cross.

Today, as we honor the bravery and sacrifice of Red Cross volunteers worldwide, let’s also celebrate the significant impact of our local chapter in Rosarito, whose tireless efforts keep the spirit of humanity alive every day.

Ensenada Navy Conducts Medical Evacuation from Cruise Ship

The Mexican Navy, operating through its Coast Guard duties, successfully carried out a medical evacuation in recent days. This operation was executed by personnel from the Naval Station for Search, Rescue, and Maritime Surveillance (ENSAR) in Ensenada, which is part of the Second Naval Region.

The rescue mission commenced following a report to the Navy Command Control Center about a 70-year-old foreign national exhibiting symptoms of a myocardial infarction aboard a cruise ship south of Ensenada, B.C.

To ensure the safety and well-being of the individual, the Navy dispatched a MLB-type vessel equipped with Naval Health personnel to securely transport the patient to the naval facilities. Upon arrival at a safe port, the individual was transferred to an ambulance and subsequently taken to a local hospital for specialized medical care.

The Second Naval Region reminds the public that in maritime emergencies, they can contact their hotline at (646)-177-38-30. Additionally, the Secretary of the Navy provides a contact number: 800 MARINA (800-627-46-21) for further assistance.

Netflix’s “Gringo Hunters” Filming in Baja California

Roll out the red carpet, Baja California! Netflix is making waves in our coastal paradise with their latest series, “Gringo Hunters,” slated to hit screens next year. This gripping crime series is inspired by a real elite Mexican police unit known for nabbing American fugitives across Mexico, promising to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. 

This Monday morning, the bustling area around the Palacio Municipal in Tijuana turned into a film set, complete with extras holding protest signs and actors in police uniforms, creating a vibrant scene of staged chaos that’s sure to translate into thrilling television. 

But the action isn’t just confined to Tijuana. From the iconic Avenida Revolución to the Chevron Stadium in Zona Río and the sunny shores of Playas de Tijuana, the production has been hopping across our state. Not to be outdone, the scenic city of Ensenada has also caught the director’s eye, featuring picturesque locations like the Ventana al Mar pier, the bustling boardwalk, and the panoramic El Vigía hill. 

“Gringo Hunters” draws its inspiration from a Washington Post article by Kevin Sieff, which detailed the daring exploits of this police squad and where the Gringo Gazette North was proudly mentioned.

With a stellar cast including Harold Torres, Mayra Hermosillo, Manuel Masalva, Andrew Leland Rogers, and Héctor Kotsifakis, this series is poised to be a highlight of Netflix’s offerings next year. 

Netflix announced that alongside Baja California, some scenes will also be shot in Mexico City, adding an urban flair to the series’ diverse Mexican landscapes. 

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, keep your eyes open: you might witness some movie magic—or even find yourself in the middle of it! “Gringo Hunters” isn’t just filming in our backyard; it’s shining a spotlight on the unique charm and drama of Baja California. Get ready to binge-watch this action-packed series that celebrates our local culture and scenery while unraveling high-stakes crime stories. 

Stay tuned, and let’s watch our beloved Baja become a star on the small screen! 

May 6, 2024 Edition

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