Community Notebook: U.S. Postal Service plans to relocate East Palo Alto office

Public meeting on Monday will be held to help assess new location

Customers of the East Palo Alto post office will soon need to send their letters and packages from a new location, following the landlord of its current Bay Road location choosing to not renew the lease and instead redevelop the property, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

The agency is now looking to hear from community members and share initial plans for relocation at a public meeting this Monday, June 18, which is required under Postal Service policy.

The Postal Service has not made public how the landlord plans to redevelop the property and which developers might be involved. The meeting is an opportunity for community members to learn more about the plans for the new location, suggest potential relocation sites and express any questions or concerns.

The roughly 90-minute meeting will include a presentation from Dean Cameron of the agency's Pacific Facilities Service Office, according to Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz. The public can give their input before and after Cameron's presentation.

Ruiz also stated that the Postal Service is open to suggestions on new sites for relocation, but has a set criteria for the new post office, including geographic limits the new location should fall under, which will be disclosed at the meeting.

The new location must stay within a certain distance from the original post office, currently located at 1600 Bay Road, according to Ruiz. The new location will also provide the same services and hours as the current location.

Once the meeting has concluded, community members will have 30 days to deliver written comments to Cameron. Once 30 days have elapsed, Postal Service personnel will evaluate, decide upon and announce the new location. The timeline for the decision after the 30-day period has not been disclosed.

The Postal Service meeting will held on Monday, June 18, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the East Palo Alto Municipal Center, located at 2425 University Ave. After the meeting, community members may send written comment for 30 days to the United States Postal Service, Attn: Dean Cameron, 1300 Evans Ave. Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94188.


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19 people like this
Posted by East Palo Alto Post Office
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 14, 2018 at 11:09 am

1. The US Postal Service should not be selling off post offices, like the one in downtown Palo Alto for this very reason.

2. Is this an opportunity for East Palo Alto to get its own Zip Code?

3 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2018 at 11:16 am

Is this the Palo Alto main post office? If so, it is in Palo Alto, not East Palo Alto. It is in Santa Clara County too.

I have no idea if there is a post office in East Palo Alto.

7 people like this
Posted by What is going on with the Post Office?
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 14, 2018 at 11:39 am

What is going on with the Post Office? is a registered user.

Well...That is too bad. That is where my family goes to mail packages, get passports, and do other business. many people maintain mailboxes there. There's always a long wait in line. They clearly are underserving community needs.

The post office should use the money they get from selling the downtown branch to BUY another office that will serve this community's needs. Rents are rising in the Bay Area. I don't see that changing anytime soon. Maybe the post office could swing a deal with the developer that enables them to continue operating at their current location in perpetuity--or until the post office is no longer needed by the public.

14 people like this
Posted by WilliamR
a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2018 at 11:50 am

The article is talking about the 'real' East Palo Alto Post Office, not the Palo Alto Main Post Office off the highway.

7 people like this
Posted by SP
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm

This post office is currently at the corner of Bay Road and University Ave. They do not have passport services there. It is usually staffed by one person, and hours are from 10am to 2pm M-F. There are some P.O. boxes there I think.

14 people like this
Posted by Ravenswood
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 14, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Get rid of this awful building. It's an embarrassment to our community. Parking is awful, hours of operation are useless (10am-2pm, closed on weekends?!). It's a corner lot on University Avenue, we can make better use of the land.

15 people like this
Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 14, 2018 at 12:15 pm

To fill public needs the government should be able to buy or takeover land
at the City, State or National level under eminent domain if necessary. The
idea that the Post Office has to be charge rent in order to "socialize" the
profits of commercial real estate owners and guarantee them a profit, and
then get chased out and be stuck at the mercy of other private interests who
don't give a damn about the public is just evidence that our government is
under the control of said private interests and not operating for the benefit
of the public. The socialization of public resources for the elite, otherwise
known as fascism if our new model.

This is why I have consistently opposed the sale of the Palo Alto Main
Post Office on Hamilton. We cannot have musical Post Offices or anything
else because landlords want to stiff the City because they know the Post
Office doesn't want to move every year.

The more we privatize the more costs go up and services go down, the less
pride people feel in their City, the less competence we get in our fake-
public servants. There is really not one good effect from all this privatization
unless you are already a multi-millionaire landowner or developer. And
another reason the government used to opposed and break up monopolies.

13 people like this
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 14, 2018 at 4:57 pm

As is typical, Palo Alto commenters are so focused on themselves they don't care to know the facts. This is NOT in Palo Alto. This has NOTHING to do with their town's main post office or downtown post office. I think it's great to relocate this post office somewhere that will be much easier for residents to use, if possible.

12 people like this
Posted by Ravenswood 101
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 14, 2018 at 7:04 pm

What about relocating the post office at Ravenswood 101 Shopping Center? There are a few usually vacant storefronts at the far end near Office Depot and adjacent to Wing Stop. Perhaps USPS can take over those. It's in a safe area in a shopping district and would serve a dual purpose of being convenient and filling a void there.o

2 people like this
Posted by Rob
a resident of Atherton
on Jun 14, 2018 at 9:05 pm

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10 people like this
Posted by 94303 zip
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 14, 2018 at 9:21 pm

All I know is resident like me, in Palo Alto zip code 94303, have the post office off E. Bayshore Rd as “our” zip xode’s post office, shared with East Palo Alto. This causes frequent confusion with shipping. I was recently shipped something large from the Midwest, the shipper had to argue even with Fed Ex that my Palo Alto address was correct and NOT In East Palo Alto.
Thank God the shipper was responsible in notifying me and confirming/clarifying, but why do we have to have this repeated hassle?!
Meanwhile, we get notices through US Mail intended for San Mateo County residents, like about Canada junior coloege, stating such info is FOR San Mateo residents!

15 people like this
Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 15, 2018 at 4:35 am

Adding in on the zip code debacle. Next time you're up for auto renewals have your insurance company do a quote on the same coverage using 94301. Us poor souls stuck sharing a zip code with East Palo Alto unfairly have higher rates due to their crime rates being factored in by the actuaries. It have been clear for decades that there needs to be a zip code split. Frankly I am tired of my packages defaulting to EPA as the city when shipper try to ship things to me and getting loads of junk mail not intended for my county. The two areas are even in different counties! What genius idiot grouped it into the same zip code??

4 people like this
Posted by Guillaume
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Guillaume is a registered user.

It's hard to imagine how the Postal Service will be able to find adequate land for a new facility IMHO.

2 people like this
Posted by Resident1
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 18, 2018 at 8:31 pm

People in Palo Alto kill me you are so self serving you can’t imagine there are more homes in East Palo Alto with the 94303 zip code than in Palo Alto? Yes it’s in San Mateo County and yes it’s ours first with more homes than PA go get your own zip code. Talk about crime Palo Alto has more murders than EPA last year and this year so far and less murders than Palo Alto Walnut Creek and Mt View. STOP!

7 people like this
Posted by East Palo Alto Post Office
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 18, 2018 at 9:01 pm

Let Palo Alto have 94313 and East Palo Alto keep 94303.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 19, 2018 at 1:50 am

Doesn't 94303 include Shoreline Park/Lake in Mountain View?

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 19, 2018 at 9:40 am

...and the self-centered whining of Palo Alto residents continues! Now it's the zip code, as if they're the only ones who have to deal with the zip code effects.

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Posted by CK
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 19, 2018 at 2:13 pm

This is why FEDEX and UPS are eating the USPO lunch every day...Most times I can't even see my important mail in my box because it is filled with useless garbage of advertisements and fast food coupons...The larger issue here is development taking place since EPA got its water allocation and what will happen to the entire BAY/UNIVERSITY corridor...I see the look of disdain most drivers give black EPA residents who walk and ride bicycles along University...Many wont even stop for an EPA resident in the crosswalk at Weeks and University near EPA Wireless...This is the opening salvo in the gentrification war now being waged in EPA where homes that once sold for 59,000 are now going for 3 million...where the last bastion of any black and brown remain on the peninsula...where bus stops are relocated because some view the contingent that sit there as indolent and useless...That post office is certainly an eye sore and the services/hours offered are not suited to any business minded person...And the plan is to relocate and keep the same method of business? No one in Palo Alto would tolerate this...

Posted by elizabeth Jackson
a resident of East Palo Alto

on Jun 20, 2018 at 6:31 pm

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