We have no choice in the sale of buildings

As this paper and most other news organizations have reported, the U.S. Postal Service is in a financial crisis that necessitates the passage of comprehensive postal reform legislation to return the organization to sound financial footing now and for the future. Read More…

Post Office at 2000 Allston Way

Congress calls for USPS to suspend sales of historic post offices

In response to the controversy surrounding the U.S. Postal Service’s efforts to sell the Berkeley post office and other historic post offices across the country, Congress called for the sales to be suspended in its recently passed $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. After the Postal Service announced its intent to Read More…

Death Mail Tax

Taxing email? We can’t make this stuff up!

Just in case you haven’t managed to fully comprehend the meaning of the word “sequester” over the last few months – and years, really – of partisan bickering, it has massive financial implications for the entire country, and more importantly, Berkeley. While Mitt Romney’s favorite “Sesame Street” hasn’t been put Read More…

USPS

Post office sale is a surrender to corporate interests

The selling off of the U.S. Postal Service properties is the latest example of the movement to corporatize what’s left of the public sector. It comes in a long line of privatization efforts — from shrinking the public school system to expanding the prison system to contracting out the U.S. military. Read More…