Victoria Texas post office may close

Victoria Texas post office may close

The Postal Service is talking about closing the main post office in Victoria, Texas, and combining operations with an office on the other side of town. The Postal Service says it will save $38,000 a month on rent and utilities. Congressman Blake Farenthold says the plan doesn't bode well for ... Read More
Iowa City post office relocation not going as promised

Iowa City post office relocation not going as promised

The Postal Service is relocating the main post office in Iowa City, and after promising city officials that the new office would be downtown, the Postal Service is now looking at two locations that aren't near downtown. The public may submit comments until November 1, but it's not likely they ... Read More
USPS #fail

USPS #fail

BY ZOË KEATING I usually save my blog for music issues. This isn’t a music issue but everything is connected. That sense that the world is falling apart, that we can’t get our sh*t together … it affects me. So I’m going to self-indulgently vent … and then go write ... Read More
The path to postal nirvana: An entitlement program for the mail industry

The path to postal nirvana: An entitlement program for the mail industry

BY MARK JAMISON The postal monopolies have been the subject of much discussion recently.  In last month’s Senate hearings, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma offered his view that the monopolies weren’t worth much anymore so the Postal Service doesn’t need much regulatory control.  In the same hearing, Ruth Goldway, Chairman ... Read More
Historic Stamford post office lamp damaged

Historic Stamford post office lamp damaged

First the Postal Service closes the Stamford, Conn., post office on two-days' notice because it wants to sell the building. Now one of the two large ornate bronze lamps in front of the shuttered historic downtown post office has been ripped off its pedestal and damaged, possibly by vandals. The ... Read More
Historic Plant City FL post office closing permanently

Historic Plant City FL post office closing permanently

In June, the Postal Service temporarily closed the post office in Plant City, Florida, for an emergency suspension due to deterioration in the basement, discovered on a routine inspection. Now the Postal Service is doing a discontinuance review to close the post office permanently. The post office was built in ... Read More
Coralville, IA post office relocating to carrier annex in industrial zone

Coralville, IA post office relocating to carrier annex in industrial zone

City officials in Coralville, Iowa, are fighting the Postal Service's decision to relocate the main post office to a carrier annex in an industrial zone unsuitable for retail use. City Councilor Mitch Gross said he wasn't surprised by the decision. “I felt at the public input meeting they weren’t taking ... Read More
Whitsett, TX post office closed over lease issue

Whitsett, TX post office closed over lease issue

The Postal Service has closed the post office in Whitsett, Texas, for an emergency suspension because of it was unable to negotiate a renewal of the lease with the landlord. The Whitsett post office was on the list of 3,700 facilities slated for closure in 2011, then it was put ... Read More
Alton KS post office suspended for building conditions

Alton KS post office suspended for building conditions

The Postal Service has closed the post office in Alton, Kansas, for an emergency suspension because of what it describes as "deteriorating building conditions." Alton's Mayor Eldon Hartzler thinks they just want to close the post office, period. The Alton post office was on the list of 3,700 facilities slated ... Read More
How would an exigent rate increase impact mail volumes and revenues?

How would an exigent rate increase impact mail volumes and revenues?

The Postal Service’s request to the Postal Regulatory Commission for an exigent rate increase is on hold right now due to the government shutdown. The Request, along with testimony from three Postal Service witnesses and a slew of tables, was submitted on September 26. Before the shutdown happened, the Chairman ... Read More
Historic Berkeley Post Office is listed for sale on CBRE website

Historic Berkeley Post Office is listed for sale on CBRE website

The historic post office in Berkeley, California, is now being listed on the USPS-CBRE Properties for Sale website. No price yet. The listing went up over this past weekend, and it has already evoked some colorful responses. City councilman Jesse Arreguín released the following statement: ”It’s not often that one ... Read More
Ukiah post office mural to be returned, but not to post office

Ukiah post office mural to be returned, but not to post office

A large mural that hung in the lobby of the former Ukiah Post Office on North Oak Street has been restored and will hopefully be returning to Ukiah soon, according to the United States Postal Service. The mural, painted in 1936, was taken off its wall after the post office ... Read More
Who’s behind the government shutdown?  Some of the same people trying to privatize the Postal Service

Who’s behind the government shutdown? Some of the same people trying to privatize the Postal Service

There’s an article on the front page of today’s New York Times about how the federal budget impasse didn’t just happen overnight.  “A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning” describes how a coalition of conservative activists made plans months ago to use a government shutdown as a tool to ... Read More
Rolling Meadows Residents Want Their Post Office Back

Rolling Meadows Residents Want Their Post Office Back

The post office in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, closed on May 26 because the Postal Service could not come to an agreement of lease terms with the owner. Now the Postal Service is conducting a discontinuance procedure to close the post office permanently, and residents aren't happy. More than 100 people ... Read More
Postal Service to suspend delivery on bumpy Jacksonville road

Postal Service to suspend delivery on bumpy Jacksonville road

Here's a new one. The Postal Service says it won't deliver the mail to Macapa Road in Jacksonville, Florida, because the road is so bumpy it can cause whiplash. The Postal Service notice added if the condition of the road continues, it may install community boxes near the entrance. In ... Read More
USPS properties for lease: Business as usual or a new approach to excess space?

USPS properties for lease: Business as usual or a new approach to excess space?

The Postal Service and its real estate broker CBRE have created a new website advertising postal properties for lease.  It’s the companion site to the USPS-CBRE Properties for Sale website, which went up in November 2011.  The domain name for the new site was registered in April 2013, but the site ... Read More
Ralph Nader writes Senator Feinstein on potential conflict of interest in CBRE's sale of post offices

Ralph Nader writes Senator Feinstein on potential conflict of interest in CBRE’s sale of post offices

After reading Peter Byrne's article in the East Bay Express about the potential conflicts of interest in the sale of postal facilities by her husband Richard Blum, Ralph Nader has written to Senator Dianne Feinstein to express his concerns. Mr. Nader suggests that "to remove all doubt of impropriety, you ... Read More
Salon: GOP’s newest target: The postal service

Salon: GOP’s newest target: The postal service

Salon has a good piece on the Republican attack on the Postal Service by Josh Eedelson: "As Monday night turned to Tuesday, the United States Postal Service defaulted on a legally required $5.6 billion payment toward health benefits for retired employees. The failure to make that payment is sure to ... Read More
POStPlan implementation 60 percent done: Hours reduced at over 8,000 post offices

POStPlan implementation 60 percent done: Hours reduced at over 8,000 post offices

The Postal Service is well along in its implementation of POStPlan, the initiative to cut hours at 13,000 post offices and replace their postmasters with part-time workers.  Since beginning the process a year ago, the Postal Service has reduced hours at about 8,300 post offices.  Another couple of hundred will ... Read More
Group fights sale of Stamford post office

Group fights sale of Stamford post office

Stamford Advocate: "A federal judge has halted the sale of the historic downtown post office to a New York developer. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant granted a temporary restraining order last week to the National Post Office Collaborate, the Center for Art and Mindfulness and a former post office box ... Read More