News from Councilman Tom LaBonge’s 4th District

It’s the busiest mailing day of the year for folks sending holiday cards and packages. Councilmember LaBonge
wants to learn more about the economic impacts of the proposed Postal Service closures and cutbacks.

There aren’t many people who don’t mail something via the US Postal Service during the holidays. Today is the busiest mailing-day of the year for people trying to get their precious packages to loved ones near and far.

But with the Postal Service now moving forward with planned closures of mail-processing centers and local post offices in May 2012, how will those packages get through next holiday season? Will people be able to afford the private delivery services?

In addition to closing postal facilities, the Postal Service has cutback on staff and lopped-off billions of dollars in operating costs. Postal officials are also considering terminating Saturday service.

“The U.S. Mail is one of those things you can always count on in America,” said Councilman Tom LaBonge, who sits on the Los Angeles City Council Jobs and Business Development Committee, as well as Chairing the Trade, Commerce, and Tourism Committee. “You put that stamp on a letter, and you know that – no matter how remote your Grandma’s house is – the letter will come right to her front door, or at least to her nearby post office.”

That might not always be the case. Of the post offices being considered for closure, more than 100 are in California – from Honeydew up in northern California to a post office at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. The closure list also includes several post offices in Los Angeles, as well as Long Beach, Beverly Hills, South Gate, Bell, Cudahy, La Puente, Inglewood, Compton, San Bernardino, Ontario, Orange, Huntington Beach, Laguna Woods, and Santa Barbara among others.

Therefore, Councilman LaBonge has introduced a motion in the Jobs and Business Development Committee, calling on the City of Los Angeles Chief Legislative Analyst and United States Postal Service officials report to the committee on the economic impacts of the post office and processing center closures in Los Angeles, as well as the potential job displacement of postal employees.

For more information, visit www.tomlabonge.com.

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