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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

  • John Stashik

    It is difficult to have it both ways. Either run the Postal Service like a business or provide federal dollars for a necessary service. Personally, I like the latter approach. But if USPS is supposed to be efficient they clearly do not need to maintain an old building in Berkeley. Maybe the city should purchase it. Other post offices are getting the axe and Berkeley is not anyplace special.

    USPS is getting squeezed like Amtrak when it comes to funding. Politicians like Lee need to step up and determine its mission and funding and forget sound bites. Why are there always plenty of federal dollars for war costs and nothing for a postal service or a passenger railroad like Amtrak?

    The ball is in our representatives’ court. Do something positive.