Will the Altadena Post Office Shut Down?

Despite local media reports saying the office could be closed soon, it is not on the list of potential branches targeted for closure. However, that does not mean its future is secure.

In the last week, two local media reports have suggested that the is at threat of being shut down, but postal officials say that no closure is currently planned.

The Pasadena Weekly reported last week that the Altadena Post Office and two other local branches are at threat of being shut down, citing local union members, and the Pasadena Star-News also listed the Altadena branch as being at risk in an article about a local postal worker protest on Tuesday.

In both cases, the discussion of a possible shutdown comes from union members from the postal service--neither paper cites an official U.S. Postal Service official by name in their reporting.

According to Richard Maher, the local spokesman for the postal service, neither the Altadena branch nor any Pasadena branches are on the list of about 3,700 post offices nationwide that are currently being considered for closure.

The only facility in Pasadena or Altadena that is under consideration is a mail sorting operation that does not include retail post office functions, Maher said.

But that does not mean local postal workers and Altadena community members who like their local post office have nothing to fear--the long-term picture for the entire postal service is grim. 

Without additional funding for the service, there exists a possibility that up to half of the post office branches in the country could be shut down within five years, according to Maher.  Altadena obviously would stand a good chance of being one of the branches to close.

It's also worth noting that Congress decided to and decided to bestow that honor on a Pasadena branch instead.  A representative for Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, said at the time that the decision had to with the Pasadena branch being "permanent."

The USPS is facing a deficit of over $9 billion, according to this ABC News report, and will default on a $5.5 billion pension fund payment if no congressional action is taken.  Because of the pension issues and the long-term decline in mail usage, the postal officials have not painted an optimistic future for the service, though several short-term solutions are currently under consideration.

However, before any branch is shut down, the public must be notified--there is a 60-day public input period before closure.  The list of 3,700 postal branches are ones where the public has now been notified.

The protests in Pasadena on Tuesday were part of a wave of union protests nationwide aimed at getting congressional leaders to take action to avoid or minimize employee layoffs, delivery reduction or branch closures.

Laura Monteros September 29, 2011 at 04:38 AM
When I talked to Schiff's rep re naming PO after Goodall, "permanent" had to do with the USPS owning the Pasadena site and leasing the Altadena site, not that the Altadena branch might be closed. Old-timers will remember the PO on Lincoln just below Altadena. When I moved in 21 years ago, it no longer had counter services but it had PO boxes. I wonder if closing the only branch in a zip code would mean also closing out that zip. But anyway, I don't think they will do it, precisely because it is the only one serving a rather large area.
Roberta Martínez September 29, 2011 at 06:02 AM
I would miss it. Those of us who live in N. Pas and Alt would really miss the access.
lonnie fehr September 30, 2011 at 10:46 PM
hope not . wander if close other ones like one in websters stationary store on lake ave . unions in part do not help matters . might help usps is to perhaps check on these garage addressees etc etc . the fraud addresses , save time for mail men .


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