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

Serrano provision in spending bill checks on lawfulness of Bronx GPO, would suspend sale of historic post offices

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Congressman José E. Serrano today announced that he had succeeded in including a provision in an annual appropriations bill moving through the House of Representatives that would ensure that the Postal Service’s proposed sale of the historic Bronx General Post Office receives extra scrutiny.   The provision calls for the suspension of the sale of historic properties like the Bronx … Read More

Blockade of private truck at Portland mail facility

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Ten protesters blocked a private mail truck leaving the Mt. Hood Distribution Center (US Postal Service) today, demanding that postal management stop subcontracting the trucking of “the people’s mail.” Claiming concerns about safety, cost and corruption, the blockaders left after police ordered them to disperse. No arrests were made.  Read more.

Will sale of postal buildings benefit senator? The fact checking continues

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A few weeks ago FactCheck.org examined a blog post that's gone viral accusing Richard Blum, chairman of the board of CBRE, and his wife Senator Dianne Feinstein of profiting off the sale of post offices.  Now the website Fact Checker takes another look.   As this article points out, selling post offices is not likely to enrich the already quite … Read More

Smith introduces bill seeking to limit rural post office closures

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A bipartisan bill that intended to ensure that rural post offices are not inappropriately targeted for closures has been introduced by Reps. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., and Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.  H.R. 2615, the Securing Access to Rural Postal Services Act, would cap rural closures and consolidations at 5 percent of total closures in any given year.  Read more.