Communities and Postal Workers United Fall 2015 newsletter

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The Fall 2015 newsletter from Communities and Postal Workers United (CPWU) is out.  It features articles about the 2016 race for President, efforts in Arizona to save the the Tucson P&DC/Cherrybell mail processing plant, and a meeting between the Postmaster General and postal protestors in Oregon.  Read more.

Damaged downtown Napa post office listed for sale

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The Postal Service has officially listed Napa’s earthquake-damaged downtown post office building for sale on the USPS-CBRE Properties for Sale website.  An asking price was not provided, so it will be up to bidders to make their best offers for the historic property. The post office, which was built in 1933 in the Art Deco style, was badly damaged in … Read More

Post office mural missing for decades rediscovered

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A mural of pre-World War II Richmond, Calif., considered missing for nearly four decades, will once again be put on display.  The painting, an oil on canvas that shows union workers and their supervisors against a backdrop of the Standard Oil Refinery, was commissioned by federal Works Progress Administration in 1940 as a way to employ artists during the Great … Read More

Return to Sender: The historic Santa Monica post office under new ownership

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Last year the Postal Service sold the historic Santa Monica post office to  Skydance Productions, a film production company based out of Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.  A couple of weeks ago, Skydance went to the Landmarks Commission seeking a Certificate of Appropriateness for an eight-foot-high “security”fence around the property.  To justify the fence, the applicant and their legal representative said famous people frequenting the premises would … Read More

USPS appeals PRC ruling on First Class Mail Parcels

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The Postal Service has filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, challenging the Postal Regulatory Commission’s ruling on the transfer of First Class Mail Parcels from the market-dominant list to the competitive list. Last week, the Postal Service filed a Petition for Review asking the court to review the PRC’s denial of the transfer.  The … Read More

Downtown Palo Alto post office to stay put — for now

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Postal Service officials have nixed plans to move the downtown Palo Alto post office to a building on the corner of Addison Avenue and busy Alma Street, Tom Samra, facilities vice president, said in a letter to Mayor Karen Holman dated Aug. 19.  The letter called the decision "final."  Officials said they were considering various options, including selling the Hamilton building and … Read More