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Local Leaders Urge USPS to Keep North Bay Mail Processing Centers Open

Huffman & Thompson: “We are again opposing this misguided consolidation as a means to solve the USPS financial crisis”

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The following was submitted for publication on behalf of Reps. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael)  and Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena):


Reps. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael)  and Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena) today sent a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe expressing their strong opposition to the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) announcement of a plan to close both the North Bay Processing and Distribution Center in Petaluma and the Eureka Customer Service Mail Processing Center. Huffman and Thompson previously opposed the consolidation plan when it was first proposed in 2011, citing that this plan would cause disruption of mail delivery, cause job loss, and damage local economies.

 

“In 2011, we opposed this same consolidation proposal because we knew then that such a proposal would hurt the local economy and be detrimental to mail delivery in the region,” Huffman and Thompson wrote. “We are again opposing this misguided consolidation as a means to solve the USPS financial crisis. It is our understanding that this decision will result in the loss of hundreds of postal staff positions, and our constituents will face a 2 to 3 day service standard for First-Class Mail, instead of 1 to 3 days. This change would be especially difficult for seniors, veterans, and our rural communities, who rely on timely delivery of prescriptions and other postal services.”

 

The full text of the letter can be found HERE or below: 

July 2, 2014

 

Patrick R. Donahoe

Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer

United States Postal Service

475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW

Washington, D.C. 20260

 

Dear Postmaster General Donahoe:

 

We write to express our strong opposition to the recently announced plan by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to consolidate mail processing operations from both the North Bay Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) in Petaluma, CA and the Eureka Customer Service Mail Processing Center (CSMPC) in Eureka, CA. Such actions will decrease mail service, result in job loss, and negatively impact our communities.

 

In 2011, we opposed this same consolidation proposal because we knew then that such a proposal would hurt the local economy and be detrimental to mail delivery in the region. While we appreciated your initial postponement of this plan after hearing strong opposition from the public, we are disappointed to learn that you continued to quietly move operations to the facilities in Oakland, CA and Medford, OR. We are again opposing this misguided consolidation as a means to solve the USPS financial crisis. It is our understanding that this decision will result in the loss of hundreds of postal staff positions, and residents of the counties we represent will face a 2 to 3 day service standard for First-Class Mail, instead of 1 to 3 days. This change would be especially difficult for seniors, veterans, and our rural communities, who rely on the timely delivery of prescriptions and other postal services.

 

We support the USPS reexamining its business model and finding new ways to maximize efficiency, improve service, and reduce costs. However, reducing much-needed services and delaying mail delivery is counterproductive to making the Postal Service a global competitor in the 21stcentury. We understand that the USPS cannot sustain itself under its current system, and we agree it is up to Congress to act. However, your unilateral decision to take action against the expressed intent of Members of Congress and the public is unacceptable.

 

We strongly urge you to retain the North Bay P&DC in Petaluma and the Eureka CSMPC, and look forward to working with you to find an alternative course of action.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jared Huffman                          Mike Thompson

Member of Congress                            Member of Congress

 

Cc:       David Stowe, District Manager

San Francisco District, United States Postal Service

DMC July 03, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Stop delivering on Saturday--it doesn't take a genius to cut expenses!
Michael July 03, 2014 at 03:47 PM
Huffman and Thompson hit the nail right on the head without knowing it. They clearly point out a significant reason that the American taxpayers watch as billions in red ink are wasted by the USPS year in and year out all because... Congress refuses to cut the apron strings on the USPS and let them operate as a financially sound company. Instead congress people like these 2 flap their jaws pandering for local votes. How dare them use the same old political crap about losing local jobs etc.. We taxpayers who are paying attention know this is pure political BS. Unfortunately Huffman as a new congressperson is showing himself incapable of doing work that benefits ALL taxpayers he represents. We somehow must get congress to get off their collective asses on the USPS issue and move to end the manipulation by Congress of what is essentially a private company (USPS). I am not hopefull as Huffman and Thompson toe the democratic party line which loves to waste our money.
Michael July 03, 2014 at 03:51 PM
Oh and the USPS is desperately trying to right itself but congress via politicians like Thompson and Huffman once again whine about what they don't want for their constituents but offer nothing constructive to address the problem. we do not need representation like these guys. Next.
Reginald "Rex" Henderson July 05, 2014 at 10:24 AM
If you think that mail delivery is crappy now, just wait till they close the Petaluma distribution center.
Rick Fraites July 05, 2014 at 11:32 AM
An excellent letter by our two very capable members of congress.

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