PRC dismisses appeal to stop Berkeley post office sale


An appeal to stop the sale of the historic 99-year-old post office in Downtown Berkeley was dismissed by the Postal Regulatory Commission on Tuesday.

The appeal, filed by Mayor Tom Bates, contends that the U.S. Postal Service should select a site for the Berkeley main post office’s relocation before selling the building and did not consider how the sale will impact the community.

“The Postal Service actions concerning the Berkeley (main post office) are insufficient to trigger the right to appeal at this time,” the decision reads. Without information on when and to where the post office will relocate, any appeal is premature, the commission said.

In a concurring opinion, Ruth Goldway, chair of the commission, stated that the process the Postal Service has taken regarding to the post office sale “appears to cause needless confusion in the affected communities.”