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LETTERS TO THE EDITORThe Beverly Hills Courier Welcomes Your Letters & Opinions.
People who live in the 902, 903, 904 or 905 zip codes will soon be experiencing a two to three day delay in receiving mail and a two to three day delay in having mail delivered—unless the closure of the Marina Processing and Distribution Center [P&DC] is stopped by April 15!
The US Postal Service decided in January, without posting any notices or informing the public (which they are required to do under Title 39, Section 3661(b) of the US Code) to close the facility and move it to the downtown LA P&DC. This would result in having all the mail for over 171 zip codes and over 87 communities (from Malibu to Palos Verdes to Downey to Eagle Rock) pass through one facility before local mail carriers are able to sort and deliver the mail.
The downtown P&DC loading dock can accommodate only 90 trucks at a time and cannot be changed or expanded because there is no available space. After consolidation, there will be over 1,000 daily deliveries and all those trucks would have to line up on Florence Ave. to wait their turn.
Currently the Westside Marina postal trucks collect the mail from the above zip codes and drive to the Marina P&DC for processing and distribution, with out-of-town mail going to LAX just 15 minutes away, and local mail going to local carriers for sorting and delivery. After the consolidation, the Marina postal trucks will collect the mail on the Westside and then drive downtown for processing, then drive back to the Westside to either LAX for out-of-town mail or the local mail carriers for sorting and delivery.
Imagine the increased traffic on the freeways!!
And what would happen if this downtown P&DC was to be shut down as a result of fire, earthquake, an anthrax scare—or even worse—a terrorist attack? And the US Postal Service is planning to consolidate the Long Beach P&DC into the City of Industry P&DC, which will further reduce any possible back up facility.
Contact your representative and let’s see if together we can prevent this closure from happening.
Naomi K. Jacobs – Marina Del Rey
I’ve seen on the news the death toll from the tsunami in the Far East at this point is nearly double the population of Beverly Hills.
I urge BH citizens to give at least $1 per resident/household to the charities that are helping the people affected in this disaster.
Tom Pease • Beverly Hills
For those who would like to help the disaster victims, these are a few of the organizations who
are accepting donations for relief.
American Red Cross
International Response Fund
P.O. Box 37243 • Washington, DC 20013
(800) 435-7669 • TDD: 1-800-220-4095 • http://www.redcross.org
International Medical Corps
1919 Santa Monica Boulevard • Suite 300, Santa Monica, CA 90404
(800) 481-4462 • http://www.imcworldwide.org
Save the Children
Asia Earthquake Tidal Wave Relief Fund
54 Wilton Road • Westport, CT 06880
(800) 728-3843 • http://www.savethechildren.org
Direct Relief International
27 South La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
International Relief Teams
3547 Camino Del Rio South
Suite C • San Diego, CA 92108
619-284-7979 • www.IRTeams.org
Doctors Without Borders
Medecins Sans Frontieres
PO Box 2247
New York, NY 10116-2247
Action Against Hunger
247 West 37th Street, Suite 1201
New York, NY 10018
212-967-7800 • www.aah-usa.org
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Ed. Note...The opinions of our readers do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this paper.
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