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Press Release: Public Meeting for Proposed Relocation of Berkeley Post Office to Be Held on Thursday at 11 a.m.

From Augustine Ruiz, Jr., San Jose
Monday September 10, 2012 - 07:56:00 PM

A public meeting will be held to explain the proposal and hear comments on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) proposal to sell and relocate the Berkeley Main Post Office, 2000 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704. The public meeting will be held Thursday, September 13, 2012, 11:00 a.m., at the City Hall chambers, 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley CA. 

The USPS is proposing the relocation of the Berkeley Main Post Office retail and Post Office Box service to a yet-to-be-determined location, as close to the current site as possible. If the move is approved, the ZIP Code will remain the same and our goal is to retain all PO Box numbers. 

Plans include moving letter carrier delivery operations to the nearby Berkeley delivery unit. The move of delivery operations will be transparent to customers and will not affect mail delivery to Berkeley businesses and residents. 

The reason behind this proposal is the need to realign USPS infrastructure due to a 20-percent drop in total mail volume over the past few years, which has been caused by a combination of economic conditions and the diversion to electronic communication and business transactions. 

The Postal Service finds itself in a very serious financial situation and is facing possible insolvency. Every opportunity to reduce expenses and generate revenue is being considered in order to maintain universal service to our customers. If the relocation is approved, USPS anticipates selling the Berkeley Main Post Office building and leasing a smaller facility for retail services. 

Written comments are also being accepted until September 28, 2012. Please submit written comments to: 

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