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Waxman Opposes USPS' Decision To Sell Santa Monica Post Office

Posted Aug. 17, 2012, 6:56 am

Mirror Staff

Incumbent democrat Henry A. Waxman, who is up for re-election Nov. 6 to represent Santa Monica in the newly created 33rd Congressional District, has released a statement in response to today's announcement that the United States Postal Service (USPS) intends to sell the Santa Monica Post Office.

“Today I was troubled to learn that the USPS plans to sell the main branch of the Santa Monica Post Office," Waxman said in a statement. "The entire city relies on the Santa Monica Post Office to mail packages, buy stamps, and rent post office boxes. It is as much a part of the community as Palisades Park, Santa Monica Pier, and City Hall."

Waxman said while he understands USPS is under enormous pressure to cut costs, closing this iconic building, which has served the residents of Santa Monica since 1938, will do little to improve the Postal Service’s long term financial position.

"That is why I am opposing the Postal Service's decision and will join the community in its appeal to keep the Post Office operating at this location," he said.

The new 33rd district includes Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Agoura Hills, Venice, Mar Vista, and the South Bay.

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Aug. 17, 2012, 9:00:57 am

Jack Newman said...

Congressman Waxman is correct, as he typically is. As a long time resident of Santa Monica, who lives close to, and uses the post office, I oppose closing it. It is iconic, well located, well set up. and its staff serves the public well. USPS should keep it so we can continue to use and benefit from it.

Aug. 18, 2012, 3:49:05 am

Ron said...

Nice grand-standing, but no more than that since Congress has no effect any longer on the PO. Does Waxman even know where Santa Monica is located? I'm sad, as a liberal, how he appears so little in his post-stamp district.

Aug. 18, 2012, 4:27:35 am

Lois Roth said...

I am happy to hear that Congressman Waxman has joined this fight to keep our Post Office open. This week I was there twice, each time I had a sense of community because all kinds of Santa Monicans talk on line there. It's so convient, not in a bad neighborhood like the facility on 7th street. Please let us know what we can do to help keep our historic Post Office open!

Aug. 18, 2012, 5:08:21 am

vicki berkofsky said...

Thank you congressman Waxman! You are absolutely right to oppose this!

Aug. 18, 2012, 9:29:08 am

Lynn said...

The Main Post Office is more essential than ever when packages over 13 ounces must be handed in at a post office. There is almost always a long line at any time of the day in all the post offices and the Main is absolutely essential for our business district.

Aug. 18, 2012, 12:20:38 pm

Daniel said...

Our Post Office is iconic, fully functioning and a part of the fabric of our community. Save the Post Office !

Aug. 18, 2012, 1:56:04 pm

Jean Hughes said...

We all must write letters to save the Main Post Office. We have only 10 days to send mail to: Diana Alvarado Pacific Facilities Service Office U.S. Postal Service 1300 Evans Ave., Ste. 200 San Francisco, CA 94188-8200 Write a letter demonstrating that you are a USPS customer, and giving your reasons for the appeal. It is not enough to say you are against the closure. For the appeals process, it is absol utely vital that you give specific reasons, for instance an assertion that the USPS will suffer a loss of business as a result of customers like you not being willing to use the facility on 7th Street. Please also understand that the USPS is no longer considering "input". (The deadline for community input has passed). This is an *appeal* of a decision, and it must be accompanied by sound, well organized arguments and a request to reconsider the decision on proper grounds.

Aug. 22, 2012, 11:48:34 pm

Red Buttons said...

The relocation of the Santa Monica Post Office at 1248 5th St. to a new facility 0.7 miles away was approved Friday, says the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The new facility will be housed at the Santa Monica Carrier Annex at 1653 7th St.

Sep. 22, 2012, 9:42:08 am

John C Smith said...

Thank you, Congressman Waxman for not giving up the fight to keep our Post Office open. Now it's time for the rest of us to get busy. I will be sending letters to Senators Feinstein and Boxer, urging them to make a similar appeal and hope Santa Monica residents do the same. Our appeals to the Postal Service went nowhere. Now we have to encourage our lawmakers and our City Council to take up this fight. It's still possible to win, but only if enough people get involved. Smart businesses don't close popular and profitable locations in the heart of a city. Congressman Waxman is right. This is indeed a "closure", not a "relocation" and the public was not given enough notice, nor enough time to appeal. What's more, the Postal Service will never realize the $3 million dollar "savings" it envisions, because few people, including myself, will ever use the new facility. No wonder the Postal Service is billions in the red. Let's show them how powerful our pens can be. I'm not giving up yet. Santa Monica shouldn't either. John C. Smith, Santa Monica City Council Candidate "Common Name, Common Sense, for ALL of Santa Monica"

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