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The Santa Monica Post Office at 1248 5th Street could be relocated to a location less than a mile away.
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The Santa Monica Post Office at 1248 5th Street could be relocated to a location less than a mile away.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Public Meeting Today To Discuss Santa Monica Post Office Relocation

Posted Jul. 19, 2012, 1:42 am

Mirror Staff

A public meeting will be held this afternoon at 5 p.m. to discuss the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) proposal to relocate the Santa Monica Post Office, located at 1248 5th Street, to the Santa Monica Carrier Annex building, located at 1653 7th Street.

The Santa Monica Carrier Annex, located less than a mile from the Post Office, currently does not offer public retail service and Post Office Box delivery.

If the move is approved, there would be no impact on letter carrier delivery to the City’s residents and businesses, and no change to Post Office Box numbers or ZIP Codes.

Public input on this relocation is welcome. The public meeting will explain the proposal and hear comments at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, 2012, at the Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St. #106, in Santa Monica.

Written comments are also being accepted until Aug. 3, 2012. Please submit written comments to:

Diana Alvarado

Pacific Facilities Service Office

U.S. Postal Service

1300 Evans Ave. Ste. 200

San Francisco CA 94188-8200

Plans call for no reduction in service to the residents and businesses of Santa Monica. There are currently three USPS retail facilities in Santa Monica and there will remain three if the relocation is approved and implemented.

The other USPS retail facilities are Ocean Park Station at 2720 Neilson Way, and Will Rogers Station at 1217 Wilshire Blvd.

The reason behind the proposal is the realignment of USPS infrastructure to a 20 percent drop in total mail volume over the past three years, brought about by the diversion to electronic communication and business transactions.

USPS does not receive tax dollars for its operations or facilities, but covers costs solely through the revenue received from the sale of its products and services.

The Postal Service is in a very serious financial situation and is facing insolvency. Every opportunity to reduce expenses and generate revenue is being considered in order to maintain universal service to our customers. If this relocation is approved, USPS anticipates selling the current Santa Monica Post Office building.

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Jul. 19, 2012, 2:16:15 am

es said...

is this the building that we currently do our mail holds etc. This is the worst run facility. You wait forever, they are rude to you, they tell you they cant hold mail and then deliver it if it is more than a week. I would love it if this move would improve the services there. It needs some non metered parking since things take soooooo long there That facility brings new meaning to going postal. Please help them. i have made a complaint to the USPS main offices because I am tired of those people being rude, lazy and arguing with the costumers

Jul. 19, 2012, 3:11:10 am

Deborah Goodwin said...

Please don't close the main post office on 5th street. It is an anchor in my city. Close one of the other branches if you need the money or stop Saturday delivery. Do not take away this historical community landmark.

Jul. 19, 2012, 3:23:31 am

wolflen said...

"I am tired of those people being rude, lazy and arguing with the costumers" so...your saying what dont like the way unions run the post office..??

Jul. 19, 2012, 8:25:50 am

Elizabeth Wilson said...

A. Indebtedness of the Post System A national service which serves 100% of our population no matter where they live to be 'self-supporting' is ridiculous. The services they provide unite the country. We should go back to the original publid subsidizing of the USPS. B. Closure Close the sub-station on Wilshire if one of our stations must go. Parking,, amenities and service are non-existent there. The Main post office is essential to downtown, has parking,, and although extremely short staffed has/full service. Funds to develop services/staff would work wonders..It's a SM historical building and represents the best in postal history. Any So. CA who doesn't resent the Post Master General's off handed way of choosing closures isn't 'with it.'

Jul. 19, 2012, 2:25:34 pm

Mary said...

The usps is only in financial trouble because of the scandalous congressional mandate which robbed the usps of their annual revenue making them now, financial unstable. If congress put a stop to this mandate right now, the post office would be back to being self sufficient. The meeting tonight was for show only. They can sell the main post office in good faith, because they have now listened to/appeased a concerned community. The greedy few who will profit from the pending privatization of the usps are salivating, as they are that much closer to their goal.

Aug. 1, 2012, 2:49:06 pm

GK said...

This historical landmark should stay in business as long as the USPS is! The problem is that the Postal Unions have such a leveraged control over management, that they cannot manage effectively enough to stay in business. If you look at GM, you are seeing the USPS times two! Disband the postal unions, eliminate PC affirmative action in employee opportunities, get outside management who are qualified to run organizations such as the USPS and the company can succeed. Eventually it will privatize and in little time to follow, the USPS will again be run effectively and efficiently.

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