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