Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Why San Francisco lost it's Main Postal Facility

At the time of the October 17th 1989 earthquake 7th and Mission Street building served as San Francisco’s Main Post office with a full range of postal services for the residents and businesses located in San Francisco. With lobby hours from 6AM to Midnight everyday.

After the 1989 earthquake the Postal Service then began the process of moving the operations that were formerly at 7th and Mission to other locations.

As a result of closing the Main Post Office at 7th & Mission, Postal patrons were severely impacted by having their Post Office Box numbers changed and moved to new locations in the City, and by being assigned new ZIP Code numbers.

Persons of limited means or mobility who had a post office box for receiving Social Security, retirement or other checks who have their Post Office Box numbers changed face disruption in their receipt of essential income.

Post Office Box holders lost their investments in stationary, and they were forced to notify tens of thousands of correspondents of a change of address. Many Post Office Box holders will suffer the loss of mail as a result of the change of Box Numbers and locations.

Businesses and professionals and non-profit organizations have spent years and have significant sums publicizing their addresses in advertising, manuscript covers, brochures, and semi-permanent publications, the Post Office Box numbers of Box holders have been printed in tens of thousands of directories which may not be reprinted for years, and mailing lists will have old Post Office Box numbers on them.

The maintenance of a Post Office Box Number is a critical issue for many residents and businesses located in San Francisco, and changes to these numbers should not be routinely implemented without first addressing the kinds of issues raised.

Mail is routinely returned or destroyed by the Post Office after one year.

The concentration of postal services provided at the Main Post Office is important to its neighborhood, and its closure has caused economic distress to residents and businesses located in the 7th and Mission area.

The site selection for the San Francisco Main Post Office was made in 1891. The Federal Building at 7th and Mission has served as the City's Main Post Office since 1905, and survived the 1906 earthquake and fire thanks in large measure to the brave efforts of Postal workers.

The Building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a "monumental building," being one of the most ornate public buildings in the western United States.

The 7th and Mission Federal Building is a historical and architectural treasure from the Victorian era with exceptionally fine furnishings and elaborate interior craftsmanship that is unmatched in today's modern buildings.

The Federal government did not provide adequate notice to postal patrons of the likelihood of the closing of the Main Post Office.

The Federal government did not provide a process by which San Francisco Postal patrons would be allowed to express their views on the possible closing of the Main Post Office.

The Federal government did not provide a process by which San Francisco Postal patrons could participate in the decision-making process which resulted in the closing of the Main Post office.

The participation of Postal patrons in the decision-making process related to the closing of the Main Post Office have resulted in the serious consideration of other solutions to the problems facing the Federal government at the 7th and Mission Federal Building.

The participation of Postal patrons in the decision-making process related to the closing of the Main Post Office could have resulted in decisions being made by the federal government that did not result in the placing of such severe burdens upon the citizens who support and utilize the Postal Service.

The ultimate purpose of the Postal Service is to provide service to the users who support the postal system.

The retails service found at the Main Post office were relocated to 1390 Market Street "Fox Plaza". (Now, Fox Plaza's retail space is scheduled for demolition see below notice from planning department)

On July 7, 1991 the Civic Center Box Section opens at 101 Hyde claiming to have a facility fully compatible with the latest postal automation technology.In 1991 Lobby hours were:

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 7:30AM to 5:30PM; Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30AM to 8:30PM; Saturdays 7:30AM to 3PM

In December 4th 2006 Civic Center Postal Site reduced it’s lobby hours to M-F 7:30AM-5:30PM; Saturdays 7:30AM-3PM

Within the last months the postal service has removed ongoing mail boxes and shut down the lobby postage machine without prior notification.

Box Holders have continually complain about the decrease in services and amount of time it takes to get first class mail into the mail boxes.

Post Office Patrons are seeking remedies to the safety concerns and lack of postal services being offered at 101 Hyde postal facility. We are asking the Postal Service to place retail services and increase staffing.

Michael Nulty

Post Office Patrons

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