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Golden Door Buys Newland Sierra Property

San Marcos-based Golden Door has acquired a 1988-acre property that will be the focus of environmental stewardship efforts in northern San Diego County. Golden Door officials said purchase of the rural site, known as ‘Newland Sierra,’ ensures that critical open space, wildlife and precious habitat areas of the property will be protected for generations to come.

“We are excited to finally secure this remarkable benefit for climate action initiatives,” said Kathy Van Ness, GM and COO at Golden Door, a 600-acre world class spa/resort with A-list clients that include Oprah Winfrey and actress Julia Roberts. “Protecting this property reflects our deep commitment to sustainability, which we believe is part of our responsibility to our community and beyond. Caring for the incredible resources on this site is a way we can truly contribute to our shared climate action goals.”

“This is the most successful conclusion to years of uncertainty for this important resource, historically known as Merriam Mountains, and brings great hope for the future,” said Dan Silver, executive director of Endangered Habitats League.

“There are very few examples anywhere of a land purchase of this magnitude for the purpose of environmental protection,” said County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. “It is truly extraordinary that Golden Door made this happen.”

Golden Door’s purchase allows local officials to move forward with the critically important Multiple Species Conservation Plan for wildlife protection in North County.

Founded in 1958 by Deborah Szekely, Golden Door donates 100% of its net profits to philanthropic causes.


San Diego International Airport (SAN) and Japan Airlines (JAL) celebrated 10 years of service to Asia earlier this month. The airline’s first flight from SAN to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT) took off on December 2, 2012.

JAL began service with four flights weekly and grew to offer daily service up until the pandemic, when flights were suspended in March 2020. JAL was the first airline to resume trans-Oceanic service, restoring San Diego – Tokyo service in March 2021 with three flights weekly. Since then, service has grown to four flights weekly.

Currently, Japan Airlines operates the San Diego – Tokyo (Narita) nonstop flights with Boeing 787 aircraft in a two-class configuration including lie-flat seating in JAL Business Class and award-winning JAL SKY WIDER seats in economy. The airline has served more than 850,000 passengers at San Diego International Airport.

“Japan Airlines was the first Asian carrier to have the foresight to establish a second gateway in Southern California, one of the most densely populated areas with the largest U.S. – Asia passenger market,” said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority president and CEO. “The JAL flight between San Diego and Tokyo Narita has made business, leisure, and military traffic immensely more efficient, cutting hours off transit times. In addition, it makes San Diego more attractive to tourists generating a direct economic impact on our region. We sincerely appreciate Japan Airlines and its dedication to our community. We look forward to continuing our partnership for many more years.”


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