Berkeley mayor files appeal with the PRC to stop the closure and sale of his city’s historic post office

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Tom Bates, the Mayor of Berkeley, California, has written a letter to Ruth Goldway, Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, informing the PRC that he is “personally appealing the sale of the Berkeley Main Post Office because this transaction is not a relocation of services, it is in fact a sale of the historic building.” Mayor Bates notes that the … Read More

Berkeley sleep-in on post office steps goes into third day

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About fifteen protesters camped out on the steps of the Berkeley post office for the third night since the rally on Saturday.  Protesters denounced the Postmaster General's decision to sell historic post offices in Berkeley, the Bronx, and LaJolla,, close thousands of post offices and mail processing plants, end door-to-door and Saturday delivery, and lay off 100,000-plus unionized postal workers, in what they … Read More

Save the Berkeley Post Office Protesters Set up Camp

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Over a hundred people demonstrated in Berkeley yesterday to protest the sale of the city's historic post office.  Some are camping out to continue the protest.  The protest was widely covered in the news media, including articles on NBC (with videos),  CBS, KTVU, Contra Costa Times, and SF Gate.  

Locals, city fight on to prevent sale of Berkeley post office

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The local group protesting the sale of the downtown Berkeley post office building says it will continue its fight after United States Postal Service turned down its appeal that it not sell its Renaissance-style building at 2000 Allston Way. And a Berkeley councilman is trying to give USPS pause, if not prevent the sell-off, with a proposal that would limit the building’s use … Read More

The Postal Service moves forward on selling the historic post offices in Berkeley and the Bronx

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Yesterday two of the country’s most significant historic post offices — the 1916 Berkeley post office and the 1935 Bronx GPO — came a step closer to being sold. Mr. Tom Samra, USPS Vice President, Facilities, rendered his final decision on the Berkeley post office.  The Postal Service will relocate retail services to a yet-to-be-determined location, and the historic building … Read More