Opponents of historic post office’s closure in Glendale speak out

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The Postal Service is moving forward on its plan to sell the 1936 post office in Glendale, California.  As with so many other New Deal post offices in California — Venice, Santa Monica, La Jolla, Ukiah, and Berkeley — the Postal Service says the building is too large and it would prefer to lease a small space.  As usual, the … Read More

Mold closes another post office

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The Postal Service seems to be having a mold problem.  In 2011, it closed the post office in Royalton, Kentucky, because mold had rendered it unsafe.  Last year, post offices in Knox, New York, and Bangor, Wisconsin, were deemed unsafe and unsanitary for customers and employees because of mold and other problems.  This week, the post office in Dupree, South Dakota, was closed … Read More

U.S. and British postal workers fight privatization

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A British parliamentary spokesperson announced on May 13 that the world’s oldest postal service would be privatized this fall.  The U.S. Postal Service, originally part of the British postal system, is also threatened with privatization by powerful congressional and corporate forces.  Postal workers, however, are organizing resistance to the for-profit theft of the “people’s post office” in both countries. “Save … Read More

Heritage organizations work to protect Santa Monica post office as a city landmark

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The Postal Service closed retail operations in the Santa Monica post office in June, and the building will soon be up for sale.  The city's Landmarks Commission is finalizing a proposed covenant for a meeting on August 12 that will protect and preserve the 1938 building.  The Commission will recommend that the city accept responsibility for the preservation plan and enforce … Read More

Delays reported since mail sorting plant closed in Roaring Fork Valley

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When the Postal Service presented testimony to the Postal Regulatory Commission about its plans to close over 240 mail processing plants, it claimed repeatedly that during the first phase, which involved closing about 150 facilities, overnight delivery would continue and only during phase two would it end.  But there have been many reports of delays.   Today the Aspen Daily … Read More

Public meeting planned on possible closure of historic Glendale post office

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Postal Service officials will hold a public meeting on Thursday about a proposal to relocate retail services from the historic post officein Glendale, California. The post office was built in 1934 and it is listed on the Glendale Register of Historic Resources and the National Register of Historic Places.  “Given that the building is a historic landmark, we believe that … Read More

The Greeting Card Association greets us with its proposals for saving the Postal Service

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The Greeting Card Association (GCA) has produced a long report describing what it calls "commonsense solutions" to put the Postal Service on "a path to solvency."  It includes more than 100 deficit reduction proposals. The main one is simple: "The Postal Service should immediately implement cluster boxes on a widespread national scale using its existing management authority to do so, and … Read More

Thiels Station in Alexandria to close

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The Thiels Southpark Station was on the 2011 RAOI list of 3,700 post offices earmarked for closure, and the Postal Service had held a community meeting and solicited comments, but then the moratorium on closures kicked in, and the closure never happened.  Last July, the carriers were relocated, and now the Postal Service says it plans to close the office completely. … Read More

Locals, city fight on to prevent sale of Berkeley post office

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The local group protesting the sale of the downtown Berkeley post office building says it will continue its fight after United States Postal Service turned down its appeal that it not sell its Renaissance-style building at 2000 Allston Way. And a Berkeley councilman is trying to give USPS pause, if not prevent the sell-off, with a proposal that would limit the building’s use … Read More

Serrano provision in spending bill checks on lawfulness of Bronx GPO, would suspend sale of historic post offices

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Congressman José E. Serrano today announced that he had succeeded in including a provision in an annual appropriations bill moving through the House of Representatives that would ensure that the Postal Service’s proposed sale of the historic Bronx General Post Office receives extra scrutiny.   The provision calls for the suspension of the sale of historic properties like the Bronx … Read More

The Postal Service moves forward on selling the historic post offices in Berkeley and the Bronx

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Yesterday two of the country’s most significant historic post offices — the 1916 Berkeley post office and the 1935 Bronx GPO — came a step closer to being sold. Mr. Tom Samra, USPS Vice President, Facilities, rendered his final decision on the Berkeley post office.  The Postal Service will relocate retail services to a yet-to-be-determined location, and the historic building … Read More

Blockade of private truck at Portland mail facility

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Ten protesters blocked a private mail truck leaving the Mt. Hood Distribution Center (US Postal Service) today, demanding that postal management stop subcontracting the trucking of “the people’s mail.” Claiming concerns about safety, cost and corruption, the blockaders left after police ordered them to disperse. No arrests were made.  Read more.

Berkeley gets the bad news: The Postal Service makes a final decision to sell the historic post office

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Mr. Tom Samra, USPS Vice President, Facilities, has rendered his final decision on the Berkeley post office.  The Postal Service will relocate retail services from the building, and it will soon be put up for sale.  You can read his statement here. In a related development, the Postal Service filed a motion with the Postal Regulatory Commission to dismiss the … Read More

Legacy at risk: The OIG audits the Postal Service’s disposal of historic properties

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The USPS Office of Inspector General is preparing an audit report about the sale of historic post office buildings.  The objective of the study is “to review the Postal Service’s process and plans for the disposal and preservation of historic properties.” The OIG poses two main questions: “Do you think the Postal Service follows proper procedures when disposing of historic … Read More

Relocating the Dana Point post office: What’s the point?

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The Postal Service has decided to relocate its postal facility in Dana Point, California.  The Postal Service currently owns a 20,000-square-foot building housing a retail post office and a carrier operation, but postal officials say they need only 11,000 square feet, so they want to sell the building and lease a smaller space. Diana Alvarado, manager of property management for … Read More