DeSaulnier wants fair warning in event of post office closure

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Elected officials, community campaigns to save Richmond post office

An announcement by the U.S. Post Office earlier this year that it intends to close the 1025 Nevin Ave. branch and sell the property has prompted action by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11).

DeSaulnier is demanding that the U.S. Postal Service provide at least 10 days advance notice to Congressional offices if and when it decides to close, sell, move or reduce operations at any branch.

The congressman introduced the advanced-notice measure in the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 756). The measure is expected to be voted on in the House of Representatives in the near future and was unanimously adopted by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

DeSaulnier has expressed an intention to fight to keep the 1025 Nevin Ave. branch open. He said with advance warning of a branch’s closure or sale, the public has a chance to share thoughts and concerns. He wasn’t happy that he learned about the impending closure the same way the public did: Via a paper notice posted at the branch on Jan. 25.

“Currently there is no requirement for USPS to notify Members of Congress when changes to a postal facility are made in their district,” DeSaulnier said. “I discovered this missing link in January when residents from Richmond saw a notice posted on the door of the Nevin Avenue Post Office, but USPS had not advised my office of the pending sale.”

He added, “USPS is responsible for processing and delivering over 500 million pieces of mail a day and changes in operations can negatively impact people and businesses. My amendment will help ensure the public has advance notice to make their voices heard.”

The impending closure of 1025 Nevin Ave. has received opposition by Richmond City Council and the public alike. The city recently lost the Station A Post Office at 200 Broadway.

Meanwhile, DeSaulnier has been pushing for legislation to name the Nevin Ave. branch after Harold McCraw Sr., a former Richmond Postmaster and community leader.

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