Berkeley’s historic main Post Office
The U.S. Postal Service has announced a date for the final hearing for the sale of Berkeley’s historic main Post Office, which is angering community members who believe that meeting was arranged so community attendance will be low.
At a packed hearing in mid-September, Postal Service assured community members it would work with the city to set a date that would allow full community participation.
Instead, Postal Service staff set the final public hearing on a date when many citizens will be away, the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving, according to Berkeley community activists.
A Save the Berkeley Post Office committee will hold a rally at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in front of the historic Allston Way post office to call for a public meeting on a date that works for the community.
“We demand not only that the proposed sale of Berkeley’s public post office be cancelled, but that the community meeting be rescheduled from Nov. 20 to a date after the first of the year,” said Dave Welsh of Save the Berkeley Post Office, “
“The U.S. Postal Service chose a date that they hoped would result in low attendance. It mocks the meaning of a true ‘Community Meeting,’” said community activist Ying Lee.
The rally will be held at the downtown Berkeley Post Office, 2000 Allston Way in Berkeley.