Rosalind Peterson: Protest mail delivery delay in Mendocino County

Redwood Valley

[More unacceptable, union-busting, privatizing tricks from the dark side… -DS]

December 2, 2011
The Honorable Congressman Mike Thompson
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C.

RE:  U.S. Postal Service – Mendocino County, CA – Mail Delivery Delay – Public Comment Deadline:  December 5, 2011 – See Public Comment Address + Telephone number below.

Dear Congressman Thompson:

The U.S. Postal Service wants to close our North Bay Processing and Distribution Mail Facility and send all of our mail to Oakland to be processed.  Those that have a ZIP CODE that starts with 954 or 940 will be negatively impacted by this decision.

If this closure is allowed to happen all of our mail will be delayed by at least one day.  It should be noted that our Ukiah Post Office is in danger of closing and that this North Bay Processing and Distributing Closure will further degrade our postal service and it will be even slower if Saturday mail delivery is cutback.

This closure will delay delivery of checks, bills, magazines, prescriptions, packages, movies, absentee ballots, and almost every type of mail delivery.  Right now if you send something and pay overnight rates it will be delivered at the same speed as first class mail…thus, the public is currently being overcharged for services which are not provided. In addition, UPS and other similar type private services are beginning to rely more on the post office for delivery without paying for this service. In addition, under this closure plan if you want prompt delivery you will have to pay high Express Mail rates which don’t guarantee that this more expensive cost will deliver you mail any faster than first class.

The United States Postal Service is required to notify affect customers and hold a meeting for public comment.  The residents of Mendocino County with 954 and 949 were never notified about this meeting and we did not know that this meeting was held without our participation and knowledge. 

Congressman Thompson, were you or any of your constituents notified about this closure or the delay that would happen when delivery was slowed by one day or more?  If so, what action did you take to ensure that the North Bay Processing mail facility would not be closed or that we would not suffer a one day delay in receiving our mail.

We are requesting that you take immediate action to have a U.S. Postal Service Public Hearing here in Mendocino County so that residents have ample time to respond to this possible closure and to voice our opinions about said closure.  We are also asking that you oppose this closure on our behalf.  We look forward to hearing from you about this issue in the near future before the North Bay Processing & Distribution mail facility is closed.


Rosalind Peterson

CC:  Senator Feinstein – Senator Boxer
The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors

If anyone would like to make a public comment about this closure or delay they should write to:

U.S. Postal Service
Theresa Lambino, Manager Consumer and Industry Contract
San Francisco District
Post Office Box 193000
San Francisco, CA 94188-3000
(415) 660-6082
Public Comments Due by:  December 5, 2011