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Off the Grid off to rough 4th start in Berkeley

Food truck owners and local shop vendors were hoping the fourth time could be the charm for Off the Grid, which returned to Berkeley on Sunday, but overcast skies and low turnout put a damper on what many had hoped would be a vibrant comeback for the street food market.
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Field operations manager Robert Walker was homeless before becoming a hospitality ambassador for the city. A recovering addict, he now serves as a kind of "lighthouse" for tourists and homeless people alike, helping them find their way around Berkeley.

Lighting the way: 2nd-chance individuals serve, give back to city as hospitality ambassadors

A recovering addict nearing eight years of sobriety, Walker is now the field operations manager of the Downtown Berkeley Association’s ambassador program, a hospitality and cleaning services program that aims to create a more inviting Downtown environment. Managed by Block by Block, the ambassador program is one of several the company operates throughout the Bay Area and country.
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