Meeting on fate of historic downtown Berkeley Post Office building is postponed

Today’s Berkeley Voice has a brief announcing the public meeting on the fate of the downtown Berkeley Post office that was set for Nov. 20 at the Berkeley High School theater.
An announcement circulated today now says the meeting has been postponed until after the holidays.
The group Save the Berkeley Post Office (SavetheBerkeleyPostOffice.com), which had criticized the timing of the meeting on the week of Thanksgiving, when many people are out of town, is calling the postponement “a victory.”
Here is the text of the group’s announcement:

A Victory!
USPS will reschedule the November 20th Meeting. On November 13th, Diana Alvarado of the USPS wrote that

“The public meeting will NO LONGER be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, and will be rescheduled at a future date and time following the Holiday Season.”

The date change is a big victory and it is the result of everyone’s hard work. Special recognition goes to Ying Lee, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and her staff, and our City Manager Christine Daniel.
Verbally, Diana Alvarado stated that if the USPS decides to sell our Allston Way post office, the USPS intends to give a preference to bidders who agree to lease back the lobby and sufficient space for USPS retail services. We need much more information on this. And of course all the broader postal service problems will remain.

Chris Treadway