Reposting this information as the rally is tomorrow (Saturday) from 2-4pm! Check out Greta Cobar's article on SavethePostOffice.com by clicking here!
From the Venice Neighborhood Council:
The Postal Regulatory Commission recently denied multiple appeals of the United States Post Office decision to sell the Venice Main Post Office after subjecting retail services there to a years-long campaign of attrition.
Brad Kay's Venice Anthem
The 1939 structure is the last downtown Venice building remaining after urban renewal in 1964-1965 destroyed hundreds of Venice's historic buildings. Once the USPS vacates the building, it enjoys no legal protection from alteration or worse.
Noted artist Edward Biberman's "Story of Venice" mural inside the lobby is one of only two of his murals that remain; the other is in the lobby of the downtown Los Angeles U.S. Courthouse, declared an historic building in 2006.
Responding to VNC's support to retain the Post Office and historic building, our Post Office Task Force is working with the Coalition to Save the Post Office, comprised of Venetian organizations and individuals from all across the political and social spectrum. Letters are being written and petitions are being signed for delivery to local, state and national representatives.
Whether you value universal and affordable mail service for all Americans, or whether you care about preserving the historic building and mural, you are invited to attend this important rally to support an issue that has brought Venetians together in a unique display of community unity for a truly common cause.
Rally to Save the Historic Post Office
When: Saturday, February 18, 2012
Time: 2 - 4 pm
Place: Venice Post Office, 1601 Main Street
Zip: 90291 (though it also serves 90292!)
October 15, 2009
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Sorry, I'm all for Historic Preservation. I think there must be some way the mural can and should be transported to the new post office (I have no idea how, but my reasoning is that we put someone on the moon).
But this is absurd. Go rally for Women's rights in the face of Congressional Oppression. Go rally for better oversight committees on Wall Street. Go rally for greater health care coverage. Go rally against Frank McCourt.
But trying to save the Post Office, that is one of, if not the, dirtiest places in Venice I find absurd. I've had my PO Box there since 1997. It's never changed.
The stairwell to nowhere on the North side by the bus stops has not ever been clean. You know the one. It's the stairwell that is always filled with putrid looking water, trash, detritus, and who knows what else. It's a David Lynchian cesspool.
How many times have you walked up the stairs into the Post Office without having to avoid all variety of trash?¬† How many times have you stopped to take in the depressing corner of sad grass in the parking lot, that is filled with sleeping bums, piss, crap, trash?¬†
And how depressing is it to be INSIDE this Post Office? People rallying talk about it like it's a lovefest in there!¬† All you ever hear is bitching and moaning from folks waiting in line, feeling like they are entitled to Fast Food style service. People take it personally that they are waiting in line, and verbally assault and blame the awesome, understaffed, overworked Postal Workers.¬† I agree, the lines can be brutal. But they are brutal everywhere in the city at Post Offices. The USPS is nationally hamstrung by laws that keep them from finding other revenue streams which Post Offices in Europe use to stay solvent.¬† So that means, we all are going to have to wait our turn in line in order to pay $.40 to have a piece of paper arrive thousands of miles away within days, or pay much more for a private carrier to do the same.¬† We're losing Saturday delivery. The automatic machines rarely work.¬†
It's a building of sadness and rage that before there was a threat of losing it, you would have been hard pressed to find anyone who had anything at all good to say about it.
So, I say take that Save the Venice Post Office energy, and funnel it into a Save the USPS Rally. You'll be doing everyone a lot more good. Otherwise, at least pick up a piece of trash next time on your way out.
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