Berkeley: Suits test whether postal service must follow some preservation laws


By Judith Scherr BERKELEY — Calling their lawsuits against the U.S. Postal Service "test cases," attorneys suing the U.S. Postal Service over its attempt to sell Berkeley's century-old downtown post office said they believe a winning legal strategy will help save historic post offices across the country.

The attorneys, Brian Turner, with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Antonio Rossmann of Rossmann and Moore and representing the city of Berkeley pro bono, updated some 70 people at a community gathering Thursday night on legal strategies to save the post office.

"It's a test case for a lot of other (U.S. Postal Service) disposals," Turner told the gathering called by Citizens to Save the Berkeley Post Office. "On a broad, national level, the concern isn't one or two (post offices)."

Both the National Trust and Berkeley filed suit against USPS in November in U.S. District Court.  Read more.