The Postal Service closed retail operations in the Santa Monica post office in June, and the building will soon be up for sale. The city's Landmarks Commission is finalizing a proposed covenant for a meeting on August 12 that will protect and preserve the 1938 building. The Commission will recommend that the city accept responsibility for the preservation plan and enforce it before the building is listed for sale. The covenant will designate the building as a city landmark, but the change in status won't take effect until after it is purchased. Read more.