Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) issued the following statement today after the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced a proposal to keep 13,167 post offices open nationwide, including rural post offices in San Mateo County and Santa Cruz County. The plan will prevent full closure of the post offices by reducing hours of business. Three post offices in Eshoo's Congressional District--San Gregorio, Loma Mar, and Mount Hermon--will have two to four hours of reduced service per day. The USPS estimates that the plan will save $500 million a year once it is fully implemented in 2014.
"I'm relieved for my rural constituents that the Postal Service has decided to keep these post offices open. Our rural post offices in San Gregorio, Loma Mar, and Mount Hermon are special places where locals congregate not only to receive and send mail, but obtain information about the community and their neighbors," Rep. Eshoo said. "It would have been a real hardship for rural residents to have to drive many miles to get their mail. With this new plan, a smarter, more sensible approach to our postal system will be initiated--one that addresses recent budgetary constraints, while preserving service to the Americans who rely on mail delivery the most."
Over the past several months, Rep. Eshoo has worked actively in the House to encourage smart, sensible, and fair reforms to the USPS and preserve rural offices. She recently wrote to U.S. Postal Regulatory Chairwoman Ruth Goldway urging her to reconsider the closing of rural post offices and instead prioritize a restructuring of the USPS' benefit prefunding requirement, which costs the organization $5.6 billion annually.
Eshoo is also a cosponsor of H.R. 1351, the United States Postal Service Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act, which returns to the USPS several years worth of overpayments to the Civil Service Retirement System and Federal Employee Retirement System.
Eshoo worked closely with constituents in the rural areas of her Congressional District to keep their post offices open. She wrote to USPS San Francisco District Manager Rosemarie Fernandez urging her to reconsider closure of the Loma Mar and San Gregorio post offices and enclosed constituent letters of support for Fernandez to include in her final recommendation. Rep. Eshoo also urged her constituents to reach out directly to Fernandez to express their views.