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.
Read More…

Power outage Tuesday delays BART commuters

Authorities closed the Downtown Berkeley Bay Area Rapid Transit station Tuesday after a power outage hit the Downtown area, preventing commuters from stopping at or leaving the station for almost two hours. About 1,150 customers were affected when an underground cable failed just before 4 p.m. near the intersection of
Read More…