Will sale of postal buildings benefit senator? The fact checking continues

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A few weeks ago FactCheck.org examined a blog post that's gone viral accusing Richard Blum, chairman of the board of CBRE, and his wife Senator Dianne Feinstein of profiting off the sale of post offices.  Now the website Fact Checker takes another look.   As this article points out, selling post offices is not likely to enrich the already quite … Read More

Smith introduces bill seeking to limit rural post office closures

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A bipartisan bill that intended to ensure that rural post offices are not inappropriately targeted for closures has been introduced by Reps. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., and Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.  H.R. 2615, the Securing Access to Rural Postal Services Act, would cap rural closures and consolidations at 5 percent of total closures in any given year.  Read more.

Roans Prairie CPO to close because postmaster retires

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The Roans Prairie's post office will forever close and lock the squeaky door customers have walked through for years.  U.S. Postal officials say the Roans Prairie facility is a Community Post Office that's run by a contract employee and since CPO's no longer exist, now that Lois Koenig, he postmaster is retiring, they will no longer staff the facility.  (There … Read More

Paradise Screwed: The Fernandina Beach post office to close August 10th

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The Postal Service has announced that the historic Fernandina Beach post office on Amelia Island, Florida, will be closing on August 10.  It’s one of the country’s most beautiful small-town post offices, and the closure and subsequent sale of the building will be a real loss to the community. Built in 1911 in the Italian Revival style, the Fernandina Beach … Read More

Historic Norristown PA post office to be sold

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The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to sell the Norristown Post Office at 28 E. Airy St. and relocate the retail services to a nearby building. The post office was built in 1940 under the New Deal, and it’s a landmark in downtown Norristown, but the opportunity for the public to comment will be limited.  Since it’s a “relocation” decision, … Read More

Postal Service looks to close post office in downtown Victoria, Texas

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The Postal Service has begun a discontinuance study to close the downtown post office in Victoria, Texas.  The Postal Service rents the space from the General Services Administration for $305,000 annually, plus $160,000 in utilities.  If the GSA were to lower the rent, the post office might stay put, but if that doesn't happen, downtown businesses will suffer, and it will … Read More

Why the Post Office Matters and Why Corporate America Is Stealing It

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Lauren Steiner, LA Progressive: The rally I went to Saturday to save the Santa Monica Post Office was a bit of a bummer. After 75 years of continuous service, the branch on Arizona and 5th Street was closing its doors for good. The U.S. Postal Service, a vital part of the public infrastructure of this country and a source of hundreds of … Read More

Postal Service to La Jolla: Sorry, the dismantling must go on

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The Postal Service has issued a Final Determination to relocate retail services in La Jolla, California, thus paving the way for the eventual sale of the historic New Deal post office.  Tom Samra, Vice President, Facilities, was responsible for reviewing the appeals, and not unexpectedly, he came to the same decision that he made regarding the relocation of the Bronx … Read More

Final Blow: Postal Service issues ‘final determination’ to sell La Jolla’s post office

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The day after La Jollans celebrated their country’s independence with a fireworks display at the cove, the Postal Service tacked a notice to the Wall Street post office that many La Jollans consider decidedly unpatriotic — USPS’s “final determination” of plans to sell the historic building at 1140 Wall St. Community members who have been working to keep postal services … Read More

USPS moves forward on sale of historic Northfield MN post office

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The U.S. Postal Service's pending sale of Northfield's downtown post office has been a long and, at times, frustrating process for multiple local groups.  Now the Postal Service is doing a fresh appraisal and rethinking the selling price.  In the meantime, a survey of downtown businesses reports that they use the facility often for sending and receiving mail and rate the … Read More

Protestors occupy private airport mail facility; five arrested

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Five protestors, calling themselves “postal protectors," were arrested today in an occupation of a private air cargo facility slated to handle and process US mail.  “Postal mail handlers and mail processing clerks are losing their jobs to profiteering, private corporations,” declared Jamie Partridge, a retired letter carrier who joined the civil disobedience action at the Matheson Flight Extenders facility, just … Read More

Postal Service caught snooping on the mail

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Snail mail is subject to the same kind of scrutiny that the National Security Agency has given to telephone calls and e-mail.  Under the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program, Postal Service computers photograph the exterior of every piece of paper mail that is processed in the United States. Read more at the New York Times.  (Source for cartoon)

Historic Carnegie post office repurposed as cafe

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The historic post office in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, got repurposed this week as the Carnegie Coffee Company.  The post office closed in 2008, and retail services were relocated to smaller quarters in the back of a Family Dollar store.  At that time, postal officials cited "competition from private mail firms, a need to keep costs in line with services and a desire … Read More

Historic Plant City, FL post office closed on one day’s notice

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The 1936 post office in downtown Plant City, Florida, has been closed due to deteriorating conditions in the basement, discovered in a routine inspection. Postal spokeswoman Enola C. Rice said the building is expected to reopen but she didn't know when.  In the meantime, all postal services, including post offices boxes, have been moved to the Plant City Walden Woods Post … Read More

Panel on how the press is (not) covering the destruction of the Postal Service

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San Francisco, July 11: Gray Brechin and a panel of journalists will discuss how the press is (not) covering the story of the destruction of the Postal Service and what has happened to investigative journalism as the mass media has become increasingly corporatized, commercialized, and monopolized. Read more.

Protest the sale of the Bronx GPO – July 26-27

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Community-Labor United for Postal Jobs and Services (CLUPJS), a coalition of postal workers and community activists, is calling for a protest to stop the sale of the historic Bronx General Post Office on July 26 and 27.  Read more.