AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL. NO SALE OF OUR POST OFFICE!

Berkeley Post Office Defenders


“Berkeley’s Main Post Office building belongs to the people.”

Dear Berkeley Mayor and City Council,

We of Berkeley Post Office Defense (BPOD) are grateful to the City of Berkeley and its pro bono legal representative attorney Tony Rossmann, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, for suing the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) over USPS’ ongoing attempt to sell Berkeley’s Main Post Office building and relocate its services against the will of the community.  We are grateful, too, to Save the Berkeley Post Office and the National Post Office Collaborate for helping to set the suit in motion and for organizing the public meeting February 19, 2015 that shared information about it with the community.

At that meeting, Mr. Rossmann stated that the City’s position is that the sale of the Post Office should be stopped, a position we share entirely.  He also stated, however, that if necessary, the City might be…

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STATEMENT ON THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION REPORT TO CONGRESS AS IT EFFECTS THE BERKELEY POST OFFICE

Berkeley Post Office Defenders

BERKELEY POST OFFICE DEFENDERS STATEMENT ON THE ADVISORY COUNCIL’S HISTORIC PRESERVATION REPORT TO CONGRESS AS IT AFFECTS THE BERKELEY POST OFFICE SALE AND THE SALE OF OTHER SUCH HISTORIC POSTAL BUILDINGS.

On April 17th, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation issued its Preserving Historic Post Offices report to Congress “on compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for the closure and disposal of its historic postal facilities.” This report was requested by legislation initiated by Berkeley’s United States Representative in Congress Barbara Lee.

The report tells us some that is new, and much that we already know from Berkeley’s experience attempting to interact with Postal Service management. We are well aware that they refuse to care about the community’s concerns – when they deign to listen at all (public meetings attended by hundreds of Berkeley residents in near-universal opposition to the sale of Berkeley’s Post Office whose voices were totally…

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Berkeley’s Letter to the USPS Regarding Use of the Berkeley Post Office Finally Sent!

Berkeley Post Office Defenders

October 20th, 2015

Mr. Tom Samra
Vice President, Facilities
United States Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, DC 20260-1101

Dear Mr. Samra,

At a meeting of the Berkeley City Council on June 30th, 2015 the Council approved a resolution regarding the Main Post Office at 2000 Allston Way in downtown Berkeley (attached), and requested that City offices begin discussions on the following issues with the appropriate staff from the United States Postal Service (USPS):

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