Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, January 7, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, January 7, 2023 

with Driving 
Tesla Off Cliff 

A well know radiologist 
at Providence Holy Cross 
Medical Center in Los 
Angeles, and Pasadena 
resident, is now suspected 
of attempted murder and 
child abuse after allegedly 
deliberately driving his 
Tesla off a 250 foot cliff in 
Northern California.

 According to San Mateo 
County Sheriffs, deputies 
responded Monday 
shortly before 10: 30 a.m. 
to a solo vehicle over the 
side of Hwy 1 south of 
the Tom Lantos tunnel. 
“Two adults suffered non-
life threatening injuries 
and two children were 

 The site of the crash along 
Pacific Coast Highway 
is notoriously known as 
“Devil’s Slide.” 

A rescue team of 
firefighters said they 
were shocked when they 
saw movement through 
binoculars. The incident 
turned from what was 
likely a recovery of bodies 
to a seven hour rescue 
operation in heavy winds 
and rain amongst crashing 
waves. Jaws of Life tools 
were used to cut the family 
out of the car. A helicopter 
using a basket and rope 
brought the victims up to 

 At press time Friday the 
driver, Dharmesh Patel, 
41, remained hospitalized 
at Stanford Hospital. 
Investigators said he will 
be booked and charged 
once released.

 According to local 
reports, Patel and his 
family, including is wife 
Neha and kids; a 7-yearold 
girl and 4-year-old boy 
have lived in a home in the 
Linda Vista neighborhood 
for the last five years.

 Neighbors described 
the couple as extremely 
happy and peaceful. 
Before leaving to Northern 
California, Patel gave his 
next door neighbors a 
Christmas gift. 

 Police investigators said 
they do not have a motive 
but developed probable 
cause to believe the crash 
was intentional. 

 In statement hospital 
officials said “Providence 
Holy Cross Medical 
Center is deeply saddened 
to learn of a traffic 
incident involving one 
of our physicians and his 
family. We are extremely 
grateful there were no 
serious injuries. We will 
not respond further, as 
this incident is under 

 Investigators also do 
not believe the Tesla was 
operating in self-driving 
mode at the time. 

Rose Parade Turns a Perfect Corner 

By Dean Lee

 Under the threat of rain the Pasadena Rose 
Parade sneaked by Monday with beautiful 
skies between massive storms fueled by an 
atmospheric river from the Pacific Ocean 
that drenched the entire state later in the 

 The 2023 Sweepstakes Trophy, the most 
beautiful entry: encompassing float design, 
floral presentation and entertainment, was 
presented to Donate Life (pictured above).

 There was very little to note wrong with this 
year’s parade. The Louisiana Tourism float 
stalled shortly after hosting the mid-parade 
performance with singer Laine Hardy from 
Livingston, Louisiana singing “Born on the 
Bayou.” The float was back moving within 
five minutes. 

 Although Tournament of Roses officials 
apologized Tuesday for The NASCAR float, 
Snapchat float and the Fresno State Bulldog 
Marching Band not being seen on the 
national broadcast due to ‘unforeseen delays’, 

(Above) Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo cheerfullywalks in the parade after the 1907 Autocarbus he was riding in broke down. (Below)
Tournament of Roses Amy Wainscott waves tothe crowd. (Bottom) Los Hermanos Banuelosfrom Altadena founded in 1995 by a group ofbrothers. All photos courtesy of the Tournamentof Roses 

viewers were quick to point out that there 
was no issues from KTLA 5.

 Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo and actor 
Danny Trejo walked the parade after the 
1907 Autocar bus they were riding in broke 
down. They did ride partway as the airbus 
was being towed according to Pasadena 
Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian. 

 There was also an extremely long unexplained 
gap in the parade after La Canada Flintridge 
float. Reports also suggested that the crowd 
size of parade goers was way down, most 
likely due to the parade being Jan. 2. and the 

 The Tournament has a longstanding 
tradition not to hold the parade on a Sunday. 

(Above) The 104th Rose Queen Bella Ballardand the 2023 Royal Court (Below) The ValleyHunt Club. In 1890 the club began what theRose Parade became today. (Below middle)
The Spirit of the West Rider rides on behalfof the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. Thegroup is local from Arcadia. (Bottom) ThePasadena City College Tournament of RosesHonor Band. 

Pasadena Honors The Burger 
During Cheeseburger Week 

Put those New Year’s documented by Hamburger 
resolutions on hold for America, the Los Angeles 
seven days and celebrate all Times and even Time magazine 
things cheeseburger during in its obituary of Sternberger. 
Cheeseburger Week from To celebrate Sternberger’s 
January 22 to January 28. burger masterpiece, Pasadena 

 During Cheeseburger Week, restaurants are offering specials, 
presented by the Pasadena unique creations and the tried 
Chamber of Commerce, and true. From the nationally 
Pasadena honors Lionel recognized cheeseburger at Pie 
Sternberger’s genius in being ‘n Burger to the innovatinve 
the first to put cheese on a and delightful Zacatecas Burger 
hamburger and serve it at the at El Portal and Yahaira’s, 
Rite Spot in Pasadena Pasadena’s burger purveyors 

 It is anticipated that thirty of pull out all the stops with 
Pasadena’s favorite restaurants, special menu items and pricing. 
lounges and burger joints offer Dog Haus offers its acclaimed 
their signature burgers, some Haus Burger for $6.99 at both 
special creations and great deals Pasadena locations. 
during Pasadena Cheeseburger Pasadena may be best known 
Week. for our New Year events but I I 

 In 1924, as legend has it, would be willing to bet billions 
teenaged Lionel Sternberger of people the world over 
burned one side of a hamburger have enjoyed a cheeseburger 
patty at The Rite Spot, his over the past 99 years or so,” 
father’s roadside stand along said Pasadena Chamber of 
Colorado Boulevard (then Commerce President and CEO 
Colorado Street) in west Paul Little. “This is a week 
Pasadena. Rather than throw for Pasadena to have a little 
away the spoiled burger, he culinary fun and host visitors 
masked his mistake with a for a delicious experience.” 
piece of cheese and served it to Patrons can find a terrific 
a very appreciative customer. burger experience, from 

 Word soon spread and top-of-the-line fine dining 
customers flocked to The experiences to burger stands 
Rite Spot for The Aristocratic and lounges. There are plenty 
Burger, A Hamburger of opportunities for those who 
with Cheese. Sternberger’s want to keep their resolution 
achievement is the first verified or prefer something that is 
instance of someone serving not beef or meat based. Those 
a hamburger with cheese to a wanting a variety of experiences 
customer. can organize a cheeseburger 

 Over the years, Sternberger crawl or follow one of the preperfected 
his Aristocratic planned themed crawls. 
Burger, much to the delight of Information on venues, 
customers at The Rite Spot. specials, cheeseburger crawls 

 Sternberger’s culinary and more can be found at: 
achievement in 1924 has been 

Pasadena Symphony Kicks off 
with Mendelssohn and Mozart 

The Pasadena Symphony kicks off the New Year with 
Mendelssohn & Mozart on Saturday, January 21 at Ambassador 
Auditorium with both matinee and evening performances at 

2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Acclaimed conductor Joseph Young, who 
serves as Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony among other 
major posts across the US, returns as Artistic Partner to lead the 
orchestra on an aural journey through the Italian countryside 
with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian”. 
The Composer’s Showcase will open the concert with Grammy-
nominated composer Anna Clyne’s Sound and Fury. Inspired by 
Shakespeare’s Macbeth soliloquy and Haydn’s 60th Symphony.

 Guests can arrive early to enjoy the outdoor, tented Symphony 
Lounge, which opens 2 hours prior to show time. The Symphony 
Lounge offers sandwiches, salads and desserts by Love Birds, 
coffee, cocktails and fine wines from The Michero Family, before 
the concert and during intermission.

 Ambassador Auditorium is located 131 South St. John Ave. 
Single tickets starting at $40 may be purchased online at or by calling (626) 793-7172.

 The Pasadena Public Health Department recommends all guests 
either be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID-19 test and 
wear a mask. 

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