Three Berkeley Post Offices May Close

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday August 06, 2009 - 10:36:00 AM

The United States Postal Service is considering closing at least three Berkeley post offices as part of a plan to consolidate services in light of a huge budget deficit. 

The three branches facing closures are Park Station at 2900 Sacramento St., Landscape Station at 1831 Solano Ave. and South Berkeley Station at 3175 Adeline St. 

At least five post offices were marked for possible closure in Oakland and four in Richmond. 

The postal service is considering eliminating as many as 1,000 post offices nationwide in order to mitigate a $7 billion potential loss this year.  

Although the agency increased the price of stamps by 2 cents, reduced staff and removed collection boxes, those measures haven’t helped all that much. 

A list of employees whose jobs are at risk has been sent to the independent Postal Regulatory Commission, an independent federal body representing community interests. 

For a complete list of post offices that may face closure, see www.prc.gov.