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
Sale of historic Stamford Post Office challenged in federal court

Sale of historic Stamford Post Office challenged in federal court

The historic post office in Stamford, Connecticut, closed on Friday, September 20, with just two days’ notice to customers. The Postal Service has made arrangements to sell the post office to a Westchester developer who plans to tear down a section of the building, which is on the National Register ... Read More
Santa Clara residents resist plan to close downtown post office

Santa Clara residents resist plan to close downtown post office

From the San Jose Mercury News: "Residents are pushing back against a proposal to close Santa Clara's historic downtown post office — part of the U.S. Postal Service's effort to cut costs — and move services to a building 2 miles away. "In advance of what could be a testy ... Read More
Escondido fighting post office closure, meeting gets rowdy

Escondido fighting post office closure, meeting gets rowdy

Residents of Escondido, California, are fighting the proposed closure of their post office, and apparently things got a little rowdy at a meeting with postal officials last week. The lease expired recently on the building, and the Postal Service wants to use this as an opportunity to close the office ... Read More
Postal Service rejects FOIA request on post office details

Postal Service rejects FOIA request on post office details

The post office in Lecompton, Kansas, is on the POStPlan list, and it had its hours reduced to four a day. Two mail routes that had been working out of the office were also transferred to another facility. The mayor filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act for ... Read More
Lady Justice turns a blind eye: The PRC dismisses the Freistatt appeal as "untimely"

Lady Justice turns a blind eye: The PRC dismisses the Freistatt appeal as “untimely”

BY MARK JAMISON “The government of the United States has been emphatically termed a government of laws, and not of men.  It will certainly cease to deserve this high appellation if the laws furnish no remedy for the violation of a vested legal right.” — John Marshall “The United States is ... Read More
A few modest proposals concerning the rules on post office closures and appeals

A few modest proposals concerning the rules on post office closures and appeals

BY MARK JAMISON The Postal Regulatory Commission recently dismissed two appeals on post office closings — Freistatt, Missouri, and the Franklin Station in Somerset County, New Jersey. Both appeals were dismissed because they were filed late – in both cases, less than a week after the deadline. There’s no question ... Read More
Shades of deception: The PMG testifies to the Senate

Shades of deception: The PMG testifies to the Senate

BY MARK JAMISON The Senate held another hearing on the Postal Service on Thursday, September 19. The hearing was titled: “Outside the Box: Reforming and Renewing the Postal Service, Part I – Maintaining Services, Reducing Costs and Increasing Revenue Through Innovation and Modernization.” Part II, scheduled for today, Thursday, September ... Read More
USPS August financial statement: Without RHBF prefunding, YTD $182 million profit

USPS August financial statement: Without RHBF prefunding, YTD $182 million profit

The Postal Service’s August financial report came out yesterday. With just one month left in the fiscal year, it looks as though 2013 will mark a turnaround in the fiscal condition of the Postal Service. Revenues are up 1.4 percent over the same period last year (i.e., eleven months, October ... Read More
Postmaster General pledges no post office closures during postal reform but closes post offices anyway

Postmaster General pledges no post office closures during postal reform but closes post offices anyway

On September 19, Postmaster General Donahoe testified to the Senate Homeland Security Committee about the state of the Postal Service and the dire need for legislation. During his testimony, the PMG made a pledge not to close post offices or processing plants while Congress debated postal reform. It’s not a ... Read More
What we have here is a failure to communicate: Learning from Jekyll Island

What we have here is a failure to communicate: Learning from Jekyll Island

BY MARK JAMISON On September 12, we reported this story on Jekyll Island, Georgia, where the Postal Service apparently attempted to end delivery service for the island’s residents and businesses in exchange for maintaining a post office.  The island is owned by the state and administered by the Jekyll Island ... Read More
Opponents of Bronx Post Office Closure to Rally and Possibly Sue

Opponents of Bronx Post Office Closure to Rally and Possibly Sue

From DNAInfo New York: "The campaign to stop the sale of the historic Bronx General Post Office is moving to the streets and the courts, advocates say, after federal regulators rejected an appeal of the proposed sale of the building. "On Saturday, local residents, postal workers and allies from as ... Read More