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Courtesy of First They Came for the Homeless, pictures of some Berkeley Post Office Defenders who attended the May 9th Sort of Victory Celebration, thanking the lawyers, the activists and the people of Berkeley, for holding the Postal Service at bay. Top to bottom, left to right: Mike Zint, Dave Welsh, Ed Biow, Kristen Hansen, Mike Wilson & Mike Zint, Sharon Maldonado & Greg Jan & JP Massar (Brian Turner of the National Historic Trust in the foreground), JP Massar. Continue reading
On April 14th, 2015 Judge Alsup ruled in favor of the US Postal
Service’s attempt to dismiss the City of Berkeley’s lawsuit which sought to halt the sale of the people’s post office in downtown Berkeley. He ruled that since no sale is pending, the issue is not ripe for litigation.
While this is not the decision Berkeley Post Office Defenders (BPOD), First They Came for the Homeless nor the City of Berkeley was looking for, the judge did NOT rule that the Postal Service is free and clear to go ahead and sell the building at 2000 Allston Way. There is no doubt that the position of those of us who oppose a sale has improved: should USPS attempt to sell the building, Judge Alsup made it clear that the City is free to reinstitute the lawsuit on the same grounds, and must provide the City with 42 days notice before a finalized purchase can occur.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Richmond City Council requests that the USPS Board of Governors implement without delay the recommendations of the USPS Inspector General in the January 27, 2014, White Paper to provide non-bank financial services for the underserved;
Pass unanimously by the Richmond City Council April 7th, 2015. Full text of resolution is below.
Berkeley City Council unanimously passed a very similar resolution in early February, 2015.
United States Postal Service
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, in the matter of City of Berkeley v USPS, Berkeley’s lawsuit to stop the sale of its downtown Post Office, United States Postal Service lawyers notified Judge William Alsup that they will continue to disregard common sense, the will of the people and federal law by refusing to say that they are halting the sales process of the Main Berkeley Post Office at 2000 Allston Way.
The Post Office’s lawyers stood before Judge Alsup on March 26th in Federal Court and repeatedly asked him to dismiss Berkeley’s lawsuit against the sale on the grounds that a sale was no longer under consideration by the Postal Service. Yet one week later – after being asked by Judge Alsup to “put that in writing” – they refused.
This is the text of the USPS’s response to Judge Alsup’s March 26th request in the matter of City of Berkeley v USPS, having to do with USPS’ Motion to Dismiss.
This Court requested that, [w]ithin one week defendant shall advise the Court if it rescinds the final determination regarding relocation of retail services in Berkeley, CA. ECF No. 53.
The answer is yes. The 2013 Final Determination was superseded – now having no further force an effect – by the September 2014 decision to maintain services in the Berkeley Main Post Office. Should the Postal Service at some future time decide again that it would be in the best interest of its operations to relocate retail services, the Postal Service will re-initiate the process pursuant to 39 C.F.R. 241.4.