Bob Newman, ambassador manager, center, and La Quentan McGuire, ambassador team leader, help people in downtown Burbank, Downtown Burbank has a new program featuring ambassadors who assist locals and tourists with local activities. (James Carbone / Burbank Leader)

Bob Newman, ambassador manager, center, and La Quentan McGuire, ambassador team leader, help people in downtown Burbank, Downtown Burbank has a new program featuring ambassadors who assist locals and tourists with local activities. (James Carbone / Burbank Leader)

Helpers dressed in green shirts and lighter green high-visibility jackets roaming around downtown Burbank aren’t public works employees still celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

They are members of the downtown district’s revamped ambassador program, which, since March 11, provides an extra set of eyes and ears to keep the city safe and clean. Mary Hamzoian, economic development manager for Burbank, said the Downtown Burbank Property and Business Improvement District hired Streetplus, a company that provides ambassador services, for a year to address the homelessness and street-performer issues in the downtown area, as well as provide locals and tourists with information about local businesses.

The district is governed by the nonprofit the Downtown Burbank Partnership and was formed in 2003 as part of the city’s efforts to revitalize downtown Burbank.Read more