Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, January 25, 2020

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 25, 2020 


 During Cheeseburger Week from January 26th to January 
31st, Pasadena honors Lionel Sternberger’s genius in being the 
first to put cheese on a hamburger and serve it at the Rite Spot 
in Pasadena in 1924. Forty of Pasadena’s restaurants, lounges 
and burger joints offer their signature burgers, some special 
creations and great deals during Pasadena Cheeseburger Week.

 In 1924, as legend has it, teenaged Lionel Sternberger burned 
one side of a hamburger patty at The Rite Spot, his father’s 
roadside stand along Colorado Boulevard (then Colorado 
Street) in west Pasadena. Rather than throw away the spoiled 
burger, he masked his mistake with a piece of cheese and 
served it to a very appreciative customer. Word soon spread 
and customers flocked to The Rite Spot for The Aristocratic 
Burger, A Hamburger with Cheese. Sternberger’s achievement 
is the first verified instance of someone serving a hamburger 
with cheese to a customer.

 Over the years, Sternberger perfected his Aristocratic Burger, 
much to the delight of customers at The Rite Spot. Sternberger’s 
culinary achievement has been documented by Hamburger 
America, the Los Angeles Times and even Time magazine in 
its obituary of Sternberger.

 To celebrate Sternberger’s culinary masterpiece, Pasadena 
restaurants are offering specials, unique creations and the tried 
and true. Patrons can experience the Zacatecas Burger from El 
Portal and Yahaira’s, the K-POP from Dog Haus and Dog Haus 
Biergarten, the Impossible Burger at Umami or the traditional, 
and nationally recognized, cheeseburger at Pie ‘n Burger.

 New participants for 2020 include Roy’s, Alexander’s 
Steakhouse, Smitty’s Grill and Granville. Pie ‘n Burger, 
Dog Haus and Dog Haus Biergarten and Roy’s are among 
those offering special prices and/or offerings created for 
Cheeseburger Week.

 Several participants in the 2020 Cheeseburger Week 
celebration and Cheeseburger Challenge are offering special 
meals and deals. 

 Those offering special meals include:

El Portal Restaurant and Yahaira's Cafe return with the very 
popular Zacatecas Burger: Ground beef, ground pork and 
chorizo with special flavorings in a telera roll with tomato 
cheese, ham and secret chipotle sauce. Comes with fries;

Mi Piace in Old Pasadena has created the Black Label Burger: 
exclusive Prime Rib Eye and Brisket mix with aged Vermont 
cheddar, raw Vidalia onion, organic tomato- Boston lettuce- 
fresh made 1000 island- toasted sesame brioche bun, served 
with in house thick cut fries;

Pie 'n Burger has a special Cheeseburger Week meal 
deal for $14.00 (tax and tip not included). Download the 
coupon at the Pasadena Restaurant Week website (www.; 

The Stand offers an LTO special "Bacon Jam Double Smash" 
for only $8;

Foothill in east Pasadena offers a cocktail special for 
Cheeseburger Week, the Eastsider made with gin, aloe vera, 
mint, lime, cucumber along with their Spicy BBQ Burger along 
with their braised Short Rib Sliders;

Clearman’s Northwoods Inn has created the Southwest Burger 
made with chipotle mayo, provolone, fresh lettuce, tomato, 
caramelized onions and tasty avocado on a brioche bun;

Dog Haus and Dog Haus Biergarten offer the any of their Haus 
Burgers for $6.99 or Cheeseburger Sliders at 99¢ each, as a 
dine-in items only;

The Terrace at the Langham Huntington Hotel Pasadena offers 
the specially chef created Green Chile Cheeseburger. For 
dessert, the Terrace is offering an amazing Sweet Cheeseburger 
and Fries made from a Macaron Sesame Seed Bun, Chocolate 
Ganache, Raspberry Jam, Chocolate and Coconut Flakes with 
White Chocolate Fries and Strawberry Sauce (photo available);

The Great Maple is offering a special prix fixe menu for $20. 
They are also offering a Doughnut Burger, their Steakhouse 
Burger sandwiched between two of Great Maple’s famous 
Housemade Maple Bacon Doughnuts;

Clearman’s Galley (The Boat) offers the Flame-Broiled Burger;

The Taproom at the Langham Huntington Hotel offers their 
special Brietwixt Sliders consisting of Garlic Brioche, Blackened 
Beyond Burger, Slow Roasted Garlic Aioli, Pinot Noir pickled 
beets, Brie de Meaux, Hen of the Woods Mushrooms;

The Royce Woodfired Steakhouse at the Langham offers a 
delicious chef-prepared Australian Wagyu Cheeseburger.

 Information on venues, specials, cheeseburger crawls and 
more can be found at:

 Cheeseburger Week is presented by the Pasadena Chamber 
of Commerce. Cheeseburger Week is generously sponsored by 
Wells Fargo.



Both wills and trusts are estate planning documents 
that can be used to pass your wealth and property to 
your loved ones upon your death. However, trusts 
come with some distinct advantages over wills 
that you should consider when creating your plan.
That said, when comparing the two planning tools, you 
won’t necessarily be choosing between one or the other—
most plans include both. Indeed, a will is a foundational 
part of every person’s estate plan, but you may want 
to combine your will with a living trust to avoid the 
blind spots inherent in plans that rely solely on a will. 
Here are four reasons you might want to 
consider adding a trust to your estate plan: 
1. Avoidance of probate
One of the primary advantages a living trust has over a will 
is that a living trust does not have to go through probate. 
Probate is the court process through which assets left in 
your will are distributed to your heirs upon your death.
During probate, the court oversees your will’s administration, 
ensuring your property is distributed according to your wishes, 
with automatic supervision to handle any disputes. Probate 
proceedings can drag out for months or even years, and your 
family will likely have to hire an attorney to represent them, 
which can result in costly legal fees that can drain your estate.
Bottom line: If your estate plan consists of a will alone, 
you are guaranteeing your family will have to go to 
court if you become incapacitated or when you die. 

However, if your assets are titled properly in the name of 
your living trust, your family could avoid court altogether. 
In fact, assets held in a trust pass directly to your loved ones 
upon your death, without the need for any court intervention 
whatsoever. This can save your loved ones major time, money, 
and stress while dealing with the aftermath of your death. 
2. Privacy
Probate is not only costly and time consuming, it’s also 
public. Once in probate, your will becomes part of the 
public record. This means anyone who’s interested can see 
the contents of your estate, who your beneficiaries are, 
as well as what and how much your loved ones inherit, 
making them tempting targets for frauds and scammers.
Using a living trust, the distribution of your assets can 
happen in the privacy of our office, so the contents and 
terms of your trust will remain completely private. The 
only instance in which your trust would become open to 
the public is if someone challenges the document in court.
3. A plan for incapacity

A will only governs the distribution of your assets upon your 
death. It offers zero protection if you become incapacitated 
and are unable to make decisions about your own medical, 
financial, and legal needs. If you become incapacitated 
with only a will in place, your family will have to petition 
the court to appoint a guardian to handle your affairs. 
Like probate, guardianship proceedings can be extremely 
costly, time consuming, and emotional for your loved 
ones. And there’s always the possibility that the court could 
appoint a family member you’d never want making such 
critical decisions on your 
behalf. Or the court might 
even select a professional 
guardian, putting a total 
stranger in control of just 
about every aspect of your 

With a living trust, however, you can include provisions 
that appoint someone of your choosing—not the court’s—to 
handle your assets if you’re unable to do so. Combined with 
a well-drafted medical power of attorney and living will, a 
trust can keep your family out of court and conflict in the 
event of your incapacity.

4. Enhanced control over asset distribution

Another advantage a trust has over just having a will is the 
level of control they offer you when it comes to distributing 
assets to your heirs. By using a trust, you can specify when 
and how your heirs will receive your assets after your death. 
For example, you could stipulate in the trust’s terms 
that the assets can only be distributed upon certain life 
events, such as the completion of college or purchase 
of a home. Or you might spread out distribution of 
assets over your beneficiary’s lifetime, releasing a 
percentage of the assets at different ages or life stages. 
In this way, you can help prevent your beneficiaries from 
blowing through their inheritance all at once and offer 
incentives for them to demonstrate responsible behavior. 
Plus, if the assets are held in trust, they’re protected from 
the beneficiaries’ creditors, lawsuits, and divorce, which is 
something else wills don’t provide. 

If, for some reason, you do not want a living trust, you can 
use a testamentary trust to establish trusts in your will. A 
testamentary trust will not keep your family out of court, but 
it can allow you to control how and when your heirs receive 
your assets after your death.

An informed decision
The best way for you to determine whether your estate plan 
should include a living trust, a testamentary trust, or no 
trust at all is to meet with a trusted estate planning attorney. 
Sitting down with your Personal Family Attorney to discuss 
your family’s planning needs will empower you to feel 100% 
confident that you have the right combination of planning 
solutions in place for your family’s unique circumstances. 

Dedicated to empowering your family, building your wealth 
and defining your legacy,

A local attorney and father, Marc 
Garlett is on a mission to help 
parents protect what they love

most. His office is located at 55 
Auburn Avenue, Sierra Madre, 
CA 91024. Schedule an

appointment to sit down and talk about ensuring a legacy of 
love and financial security for your

family by calling 626.355.4000 or visit for 
more information.

Winter Term of the Masters 
Series at the Senior Center

 The winter term of The Masters 
Series at the Pasadena Senior Center, 
85 E. Holly St., is scheduled Tuesdays 
to March 3, from 2 to 4 p.m.

 Growing out of a tourist reputation 
founded on perfect winter weather, 
Pasadena has proved fertile ground 
for excellence in arts, culture, science 
and architecture. The winter term of 
The Masters Series, which embraces 
and promotes lifelong learning, will 
provide seven weeks of presentations 
and discussions that will explore 
interesting and surprising aspects of 
this small but complex city.

 Individual talks are $15 each for 
the general public. Members of the 
Pasadena Senior Center register for the 
full seven-week term for $90. 

Jan. 28: Building a Rose Parade Float 
– Tim Estes, president of Fiesta Parade 
Floats, will discuss the many facets of 
the float business, from design and 
oversight of construction to completed 
flower-festooned conveyances. Fiesta 
Parade Floats has received the highest 
number of awards in Rose Parade 

Feb. 4: Pasadena and the Tournament 
of Roses Parade – Members of 
the Tournament of Roses Parade 
Committee will host a presentation 
about the past, present and future 
of this iconic, world-famous annual 
event created in 1890 as a way to show 
off the bounty of wintertime flowers in 

 Feb. 11: Designing Compelling 
Transportation for an Unpredictable 
World – Geoff Wardle, executive 
director of the Transportation Systems 
and Design Department at Art Center 
College of Design, will explain design 
solutions for reshaping how people 
and goods will move from place to 
place in the future, and how ArtCenter 
is educating designers to lead the way. 

Feb. 18: Pasadena Museum of History’s 
Current Exhibition “Starting Anew: 
Transforming Pasadena, 1890-
1930” – Brad Macneil, director of 
education at the Pasadena Museum 
of History and curator of the current 
exhibition, will share insights into the 
museum’s exploration of a dynamic 
time in Pasadena’s history when the 
population grew from fewer than 5,000 
to more than 76,000 in the course of 
four decades, and the ways many of 
the characteristics now associated 
with Pasadena came to be during that 

Feb. 25: African American History 
in Pasadena – Adrian K. Panton, 
retired attorney with the California 
Attorney General’s Office and a 
member of the First African 
American Methodist Episcopal 
Church of Pasadena, will discuss 
the rich and complex history of 
African Americans in Pasadena. 
To register, visit www. and 
click on Events, then Event Online 
Registration or call 626-685-6702. 
For more information or to be 
placed on the mailing list, email 

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