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Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA
  • Siskiyou resident warns of USPS consolidation impact on mail delivery times

  • A proposed consolidation by the United States Postal Service prompted one Siskiyou County resident to call on the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors last week to support a resistance effort.
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  • A proposed consolidation by the United States Postal Service prompted one Siskiyou County resident to call on the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors last week to support a resistance effort.
    The USPS announced on its website earlier this year that it plans to close the Customer Service Mail Processing Center located in Redding, which is the primary sorting facility for all mail to and from Siskiyou County addresses and others within the 960 family of zip codes.
    The document containing the announcement identifies a facility in West Sacramento as the new destination for mail coming and going from Siskiyou County through the USPS.
    A blog on the Office of the Inspector General for the USPS website detailed the plan in August, setting forth the reasoning behind the closure of up to 82 mail processing facilities across the United States.
    In total, the blog reports that the mail agency expects to see $750 million in annual savings, and an impact to 15,000 employees from the consolidations, which are expected to begin Jan. 10, 2015.
    “The Postal Service says eliminating excess capacity through consolidation is one of the few options it has to cut costs,” the blog reads. It also notes that at least one postal union has already “come out strongly” against the plan, alleging that the changes will degrade service and cause delays in the delivery of mail.
    Siskiyou County resident Jessica Hector shared similar concerns with the board of supervisors Oct. 7, stating that she believes the changes will result in delays of three to five days, potentially affecting the delivery of paychecks, medicines and other important items.
    The belief that the consolidation will have negative repercussions on Northern California individuals and businesses has mobilized one group that has started a Facebook page and a petition to stop the process before it begins.
    The group argues in a recent newsletter that the move violates the U.S. Constitution, particularly the language relating to “prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas.”
    The group’s newsletter also details the route that mail will take from the local mailbox to its destination. Currently, for example, mail sent from an address in Yreka to any other address first goes to the Redding facility to be sorted before coming back to its destination. The move to West Sacramento adds a total of 322 miles, round-trip, to that cycle.
    According to the newsletter, Marysville, Modesto and Stockton mail sorting facilities have all already been consolidated to the West Sacramento facility.
    The USPS blog notes that other changes coming to the system include the elimination of the overnight standard for most first-class mail and the extension of the periodical standard from 2-9 days to 3-9 days.
    To combat the change, Hector urged the board of supervisors to draft a letter in opposition, and asked that the letter be sent to Congressional and other representatives in order to spread the word.
    Page 2 of 2 - “This is all part of the dismantling of the people’s post office,” she said. “Now’s the time to sound these alarms.”
    The board of supervisors will consider the matter at their meeting today.
    The Facebook page with petitions and other information is called "Save the Northern California Mail Processing Center".