Restaurant of the Week: Maggiano’s Little Italy

This week, the Hollywood Chamber recognizes Maggiano’s Little Italy as our Restaurant of the Week! Located in the heart of the famous Grove shopping complex, Maggiano’s Little Italy serves up classic, Italian-inspired dishes sure to please everyone visiting. Led by Executive Chef Alberto Bini, Maggiano’s boasts pasta dishes, ravioli, steak, veal, chicken, fresh salads, roasted vegetables, and soup options.

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A Next Level Education at LACC

Los Angeles City College makes strides to prep the leaders of tomorrow

Over a hundred years ago, students first arrived on the campus of what is now known as Los Angeles City College (LACC). Though the Sunset and Vermont campus has at one time or another been UCLA and California State University Los Angeles, LACC, since opening in 1929, continues to push education forward by providing invaluable, affordable work-force development programs catered to the growing and diverse population of Los Angeles.

With over 19,000 enrolled students of all ages and backgrounds, LACC has led the charge in creating strong workforce development programs to meet the needs and demands of modern society. “It’s important for us to stay on top of hiring trends in Los Angeles. Our students are seeking an education that will lead to a career and LACC does everything it can to foster meaningful opportunities for the student body,” said Martha Pelayo, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at LACC.

In recent years, the LACC has budgeted over $600,000 per year to hire support tutors and expand targeted support services to increase access and educational outcomes for traditionally underrepresented groups.

The LACC campus.

Under LACC President Mary Gallagher, the college is making good on that promise by introducing three exciting new initiatives for students and the community at large. In a new collaboration with local Makerspaces, the school plans to establish a business incubator and innovation park. Geared toward the growing tech industry in Hollywood, the space offers students an opportunity to develop, test, and work with instructors to develop a business plan for marketing and selling projects developed in the incubator.

Another way in which LACC is responding to the current Hollywood economy is the launch of the brand-new Los Angeles Health Occupations Center (LAHOC). Seeing the need for health care professionals in all fields, LACC began crafting a pilot program that trains the next generation of health care professionals alongside working practitioners. The facility and its staff focus on training the next generation of health care professionals by partnering with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente. By partnering with some of the largest hospitals in Los Angeles, students receive invaluable on the job training that sets them apart in an applicant pool. In addition to strict degree paths, LAHOC will also provide an opportunity for students interested in healthcare to explore the many career paths available in the field before committing to a specific degree or certification track.

Last, LACC will be launching a full-service Career Exploratorium, open to students and community members. The Exploratorium staff will work with clients wishing to switch into a new career path or explore the options that may be available to them based on their skill sets.

With these projects set to launch over the next year, it’s an exciting time to be at LACC and even more exciting to be in Hollywood to see the community benefit first-hand from these invaluable programs supported by generous donors committed to supporting the next generation of leaders.

Outside of workforce development, LACC has committed itself to the wellbeing of its student body through the Basic Needs Initiative (BNI). Through the LACC Foundation, the BNI is able to assist struggling students with food, emergency shelter, shower access, and clean clothing.

Twice a week, LACC puts on a Food-for-Thought pop-up farmers market where students are able to select fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, snacks, and dairy products that have been donated by friends of the college and other partners in the community. The college also provides meal kits and snacks to its students during midterms and finals each semester.

Truly a community-centered organization, LACC goes above and beyond what is expected of higher education institutions to provide for current students, alumni, and the neighboring community. It was at LACC that legendary reporter Carl Bernstein honed his craft as an investigative journalist, where John Williams played in the Jazz Band, where Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, and Mark Hamill studied theatre, and it is at LACC that students continue to exceed in a number of fields, including Healthcare, Film and Television, Music, Business Administration, and Entrepreneurship.

Here at the Chamber, we are thrilled to see LACC and its students thrive in Hollywood. With ninety years of excellence under its belt, the next decade at LACC is sure to be remarkable.

Restaurant of the Week: Dubai Sauce

This week, the Hollywood Chamber recognizes Dubai Sauce as our Restaurant of the Week! Dubai Sauce is located in the heart of Hollywood and serves up Mediterranean food that is jam-packed with the Middle Eastern flavors you love! This fast-casual restaurant is a perfect place to hop in for lunch or to bring the whole family for dinner! Try their Kabob, Shawarma, and Gyro dishes as a plate or wrap. And if you need a second opinion, Dubai Sauce has been voted a best of Hollywood Blvd Restaurant by the Hungry & Fit blog. Take some time for lunch this week, or order Dubai Sauce for delivery!

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Announcing the Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2020

A new group of entertainment professionals in the categories of Motion Pictures, Television, Live Theatre/Live Performance, Recording and Radio have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the full list was announced today, June 20, 2019 at 12:30 P.M. by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Walk of Fame Selection Committee. The newest honorees were chosen from hundreds of nominations at a selection committee meeting held in June and will be ratified by the Hollywood Chamber’s Board of Directors. Walk of Famer/actress/singer Vanessa Williams, a committee member for the 2019-2020 Selection Committee, announced the new honorees with Rana Ghadban, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

The selections were revealed to the world via live stream exclusively by VARIETY on The stream begins at 12:30 P.M. PDT.

“The Walk of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce our newest honorees to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This year’s choices were particularly unique. We were able to recognize the talents of thirty-five artists who have already built a legacy here in Hollywood,” remarked Selection Committee Chair and Walk of Famer Vin Di Bona.  “Also, we were able to celebrate many new talented artists who’ve touched our hearts in film, television, radio and a variety of musical categories” he added.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2020 are:

In the category of MOTION PICTURES: Mahershala Ali, Batman, Ruth E. Carter,  Laurence Fishburne, Chris Hemsworth, Spike Lee, Julia Roberts, Octavia Spencer, and Lina Wertmüller

In the category of TELEVISION: Christina Applegate, Andy Cohen, Cindy Crawford, Terry Crews, Harry Friedman, Kathie Lee Gifford, Nigel Lythgoe, Milo Ventimiglia, Burt Ward, Wendy Williams, Dr. Phil McGraw and Andy Kaufman (Posthumous)

In the category of RECORDING:  Elvis Costello, Sir Lucian Grainge, Billy Idol, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Alicia Keys, Andy Madadian, Mo Ostin, Bobby Rydell, Alejandro Sanz, Tanya Tucker and Muddy Waters (Posthumous)

In the category of LIVE THEATRE/LIVE PERFORMANCE: Dave Chappelle and Billy Porter

In the category of RADIO: Susan Stamberg


The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and its Walk of Fame Selection Committee congratulate all the honorees. Dates have not been scheduled for these star ceremonies. Recipients have two years to schedule star ceremonies from the date of selection. Upcoming star ceremonies are announced ten days prior to the dedication on