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Postal Service Union Members Warn Altadena about Post Office Closure

At a Tuesday meeting, members of a local mail carrier's union warned Altadena residents to be skeptical of U.S. Postal Service claims that the Altadena Post Office will not be shut down.

While U.S. Postal Service officials continue to say that the is not at threat of closure, officials from a local postal carriers union said Tuesday that Altadena resident should be wary of those claims.

Michael Evans, president of the California State American Postal Workers Union, acknowledged at Tuesday's Altadena Coalition of Neighborhood Association (ACONA) meeting that the the hearing required to shut down the Altadena branch has not been scheduled.  However, he said, just because officials have not scheduled it does not mean that it won't happen any time soon.

"[USPS officials] will say something and not really mean it," Evans said.

Before any branch is shut down, the USPS must give a 60-day-notice for public input and list the branch as a possible closure. 

As , the Altadena branch is not on a list of more than 3,000 nationwide branches that could shut down.

At the same time, postal officials acknowledged to Patch at that time that if the postal service's financial situation does not change for the better, up to half the branches in the country could be closed in the next five years, making any one branch vulnerable to being shut down. 

USPS officials were invited to come to Tuesday's ACONA meeting, but did not attend.  In lieu of a representative, the postal service sent out a statement denying there are any plans to close Altadena's branch any time soon.  The statement also said that the service has 10 year left on the lease for its current location in Altadena, but that it might seek a smaller space after that lease expires.

The issue of branch closures has been reported on locally in recent months, as a mail service facility in Pasadena is currently being targeted for shutdown.

Altadena residents at the meeting Tuesday also noted that many neighborhoods have had their carrier switched or delivery times changed in recent months.  That issue was also the discussion of a recent Patch article:

Lisa Maiorana January 25, 2012 at 09:18 PM
That's ok, I'm sure someone will be more than happy to replace it with a liquor store, check cashing place or pawn shop.
Elizabeth J. Sawyer-Cunningham January 26, 2012 at 12:02 AM
We love our postal carrier Domenador Gonzales, and were happy to get him back after having someone else for a few months. He is always on time, willing to pick up packages, and never mixes up our mail with neighbors. We recently learned that the reason we "lost" him was that he was outbid for the route by someone with ore seniority, but got it back after that person moved to a desk job.
mister altadena January 26, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Sounds like typical union scare tactics from Mr.Evans. Our post office closes, sky is falling, people laid off, residents won't get mail, yada yada yada. Union vs. management. Whoopee I would hate for the Lake Ave. post office to close, it's convenient. I'm of the belief efforts will be made to keep one open in Altadena. If it were to close, I'm sure I'll still receive my mail. I'm sure I'll find a place to mail my packages/letters (we have local options at the Webster's stores).
Lisa Hastings January 26, 2012 at 01:05 AM
All I get is junk mail and other people's mail so bye bye Altadena post office!

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