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Appreciating the Island’s Post Offices

While residents in nearby communities, like Oakland, have been on pins and needles wondering if their post offices would remain open, Alamedans have had it easy.

The U.S. Postal Service is trying to cut costs and is trimming a good number of post offices in the process.

But, thanks to the relative isolation of the islands and the level of business going on at the post offices, Alameda’s branches weren’t included on the list of offices being considered for closure, which came out in the summer.

The U.S.P.S. has a network of about 37,000 post offices, big and small. This summer, about 3,600 were being examined for possible closure (or “consolidation”). That list is now down to 371, though it is being trimmed down further this month. 

In Alameda, there are locations, such as the main post office at 2201 Shoreline Drive, as well as a smaller office at 1415 Webster Street and 1333 Park Avenue (at Encinal). There’s also U.S.P.S. service at the Nob Hill on Blanding and on Coast Guard Island.

While neighborhood efforts in the Dimond/Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland kept an office open near Fruitvale and MacArthur Boulevard, there’s still a chance that an office in downtown Oakland on Franklin Street.

U.S. Postal Service representatives say they are doing all they can to compete, and they urge residents to call when they need a pickup of packages.

Janet Levaux