Barbara Lee issues statement on Berkeley post office closure, calls for USPS to drop sale plans

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The post office protest encampment, seen here in a photo by Judith Scherr on July 27, continues as elected officials and advocacy groups try to find ways to prevent the sale of the landmark.

The following statement was issued today by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) responding to the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission decision to dismiss the appeal by Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates of the U.S. Postal Service decision to sell the downtown post office:

I am extremely disappointed by the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission’s decision to dismiss the appeal. While U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission, rendered the appeal “premature”, I strongly urge the Commission to reconsider the appeal and abandon plans to sell the property.

Chris Treadway