Expiring leases send two San Diego post offices off for closure

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The Postal Service is in the process of closing two post offices in San Diego, and it’s using the fact that the leases have expired as one of the rationales.  Considering that about three out of four post offices in the country are in leased spaces, that explanation puts thousands of post offices at risk every year. The two San … Read More

Berkeley post office protest continues despite warnings from US Postal Service

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From Inside Bay Area: "More than a dozen uniformed postal police and nonuniformed postal inspectors turned up the heat on protesters at the downtown post office late in the afternoon on Aug. 5, warning those occupying tents on the post office steps that they were violating federal law. "All U.S. Postal Service property is closed to the public after normal … Read More

There’s a fungus among us: Mold strikes a third Illinois post office

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On Monday two post offices in Illinois, Alorton and Cahokia, were closed by emergency suspension because mold was discovered in the building.  Now a third Illinois facility has been hit.  On Tuesday the Dupo post office was also closed after an inspection discover mold in the heating and cooling system. It’s not clear at this time if the mold is spreading, … Read More

Beware the fungus! Two more post offices closed over mold problems

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The discovery of mold has led the Postal Service to close two more post offices.  The offices in Cahokia, Illinois, and nearby Alorton were both closed on Monday, without further notice.  The Postal Service says the mold poses a health risk to employees and customers.  The mayor of Alorton says she thinks “it’s a tool they’re using to justify the … Read More

Sale of Berkeley post office building means loss of rich history

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Gray Brechin, the project scientist of the Living New Deal based in the UC Berkeley Department of Geography, has an Op-Ed in The Daily Californian that's well worth reading.   Responding to the Postal Service's explanation that it doesn't need all the space in the Berkeley post office and it would be better to lease a smaller space, Brechin writes, … Read More

Tom Hanks likes typewriters and the Post Office too

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Tom Hanks has a piece in the New York Times today, "I Am TOM. I  Like to TYPE.  Hear That?"  It's mostly about his love of good old fashioned manual typewrites, but the last sentence suggests that his love goes further than that: "Come to think of it, I’d better start hoarding stationery and pray the post office survives."  Read … Read More

Camping protesters ordered to disperse from steps of Berkeley post office

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The Contra Costs Times has this: "Though the group of people camping out at Berkeley's historic post office in protest of plans to close it have been warned to move off U.S. Postal Service property, they have no plans to disperse. "A group of postal inspectors and postal police met with protesters Friday and told them that they needed to … Read More

The Senate does postal reform: Highlights and low points of the Carper-Coburn bill

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Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) have introduced their version of postal reform legislation, the Postal Reform Act of 2013, a.k.a. PRA and S.1486.  A summary is here, and the whole bill is here. The new bill contains several changes from the earlier Senate bill, S.1789, that should bring the House and Senate closer together and make the passage of … Read More

Carper & Coburn introduce Senate postal reform legislation

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Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) have introduced their version of postal reform legislation, Postal Reform Act of 2013 (S. 1486).   The whole bill is here.  Carper’s summary is here. The criticisms are already coming in: APWU, NAPUS, and CCAGW.    

Santa Monica’s New Deal Post Office on the Road to Repurposing

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The Santa Monica Lookout reports today:  "Despite losing the battle to keep Santa Monica's 75-year-old post office open, officials and residents are working to make sure the New Deal-era building sticks around a little longer. "City Hall, with the help of the Santa Monica Conservancy and the Landmarks Commission, is working closely with the U.S. Postal Service to make sure … Read More

Two post offices in Iowa to close: Not to worry, they’re just “relocations”

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The Postal Service has announced plans to close two post offices in Iowa.  The main post office in downtown Iowa City will be closed and replaced with a new, smaller facility, location yet-to-be-determined.  It’s also closing the office in Coralville, and opening a retail space in the carrier annex, on the outskirts of town. The Postal Service is calling both … Read More

Going, going, gone: Historic post offices on the GSA’s auction block

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When journalists ask the Postal Service which post offices might be sold, they’re typically referred to the USPS-CBRE website, as if it represents a complete list.  But there are other post offices for sale, and a few of them are currently listed on the GSA auction site.  Apparently, selling these properties didn’t turn out to be the boon the Postal Service may … Read More