Thanks for the reminder Chris. I wasn't able to attend. If anyone else attended the meeting on Evans please let me know if there is anything to report.
--- In email@example.com, Chris Waddling <cawaddling@...> wrote:
> Just got this synopsis from someone and wanted to share and remind folks
> that the meeting regarding the possible closure of the Lane St Bayview PO is
> tonight at 5PM at the main postal facility at 1300 Evans St.
> > Below are my notes from yesterday's meeting. At this point nothing is set in
> > stone, the more they hear about the impacts to Visitacion Valley if the Leland
> > office is closed, the less likely they will take that action..
> > Russel
> > ------------------------------------------------
> > Post Office Closure Notes September 28, 2011
> > The meeting was conducted by Raj Sanghera, Acting Postmaster - San Francisco
> > Post Office. 25-30 residents attended. Representatives from Leland Yee¹s
> > Office, Fiona Ma¹s Office, and Nancy Pelosi¹s Office were also in attendance.
> > Ms. Sanghera gave an overview of the Post Office¹s financial situation from a
> > national perspective. The USPS is not funded by tax dollars and is facing a
> > loss of $15 Billion. Mail volume is down, but delivery points (addresses) are
> > up. Mail volume is down 22%, first class mail is down 26%.
> > Visits to ³retail locations² are down. The USPS has already begun cost
> > cutting/consolidation efforts. Mail processing centers have been consolidated
> > with a goal of reducing them from 500 to 250 (approximate). Delivery routes
> > are being adjusted and the 5 day a week mail service is being considered.
> > Unused/little used facilities are being sold.
> > Visitacion Valley post office was placed on the potential closure list due its
> > projected revenue (less the $600K) and the communities¹ ³reasonable
> > alternative access² locations. This was explained to mean that residents could
> > find alternative post service/product locations if the office is closed. This
> > did not mean only going to another post office, other location that sold
> > stamps, accepted packages for delivery, or provided PO Boxes were counted as
> > ³alternative² locations. If closed, regular delivery would remain the same,
> > but packages would have to be picked up at Evans, Mission PO, or Brisbane PO.
> > The process (next steps) are as follows: Community comments are gathered at
> > public meetings and survey input. If the District Manager deems that no
> > significant impact would be experienced from a closure and then makes a
> > recommendation for closure to USPS HQ in Washington DC. A 60 day notice period
> > begins with community notification of the recommendation to close. During this
> > period more community comments are gathered. After the 60 days and after HQ
> > has reviewed community comments a recommendation will be made to keep open or
> > to close. If it is to close the office, another 30 day notice period begins.
> > This is considered the appeal phase. If after the appeal phase, the decision
> > to close is again recommended by USPS HQ, the office could close as soon a 60
> > days thereafter..
> > Community Comments:
> > Several comments regarding the projected growth of Vis Valley when Schlage
> > Lock is developed.
> > Transportation to the identified ³alternative² site was a cause of concern.
> > Instead of one bus, some would have to take two or three.
> > Brisbane¹s PO was mentioned as an alternative that was ³1.9² miles away, but
> > several commenters expressed how infeasible it was to walk or take public
> > transit to Brisbane.
> > The current office is a ³anchor² tenant for Leland Ave. Closing it would be
> > devastating to local businesses.
> > Questions regarding why 3 of the potential closure are in D10, the cities
> > ³poorest² community.
> > The meeting was held on the Jewish holiday, a federal agency should know
> > better.
> > No effort was made to provide interpretation services and notices in various
> > languages.
> > Retirees and seniors could not easily or safely travel to alternate sites.
> > The Ralph Nader proposal was suggested and discussed.
> > Significant public investment has been made in Vis Valley (Streetscape, T
> > Line, linrary, redevelopment area) and a closure is counterintuitive to
> > estabished public support.
> > My impression: I take them at their word that the list of closures was
> > generated in Washington DC USPS HQ and was done so without taking into account
> > the disproportionally impact of closing 3 offices in the same sector would
> > have in D10. I think it would be politically impossible for all 3 offices to
> > close. I think that no elected official that represents SF and D10 will allow
> > all to close. However, the USPS is facing a very real long term financial
> > viability question due to the internet and cuts must be made somewhere. At
> > the end of the day one of three might have to be sacrificed to save the other
> > two. This will pit neighborhood against neighborhoodunless someone comes up
> > with a viable solution.