Mountain View businesses that move large amounts of mail through the Post Office may soon have to make a trip to Los Altos to do so, according to a new proposal from the U.S. Postal Service.
A letter sent to business customers of the Postal Service says the agency plans to study the closure of Mountain View's "Business Mail Entry Unit" at 211 Hope St. and consolidate its operations with the Los Altos-Loyola BMEU at 1525 Miramonte Ave. near Loyola Corners.
The proposed closure of the service in Mountain View was met with critical remarks from Mayor Mike Kasperzak.
"We've got twice the population of Los Altos," Kasperzak said. "I support what the Postal Service is trying to do to get its costs under control, but it sure seems a little backwards."
Postal Service spokesperson Jim Wigdel said the retail operation at the main Mountain View post office on Hope Street would stay.
"What we're considering is possibly consolidating two BMEU's that are fairly close to each other," Wigdel said. "It has nothing to do with retail. If we were even considering closing a post office, there's public meetings that have to be held."
Why it makes sense to move the service to Los Altos rather than the other way around is still being analyzed, said Ricky Chan, manager of customer services for the USPS's offices in San Francisco.
"It would depend on a lot of factors which we haven't analyzed yet," Chan said. "If enough customers say we would rather have it the other way, we would consider it."
Chan said it was too early to say if staff would be laid off at one of the offices.
The letter sent to local businesses explains, "the U.S. Postal Service is facing one of the most difficult challenges in history. The Postal Service must realign its network to match its resources with mail volume. Consolidating some postal operations and placing our people where we need them makes logical business sense given the economic realities."
The Postal Service is accepting public input on the proposal until Feb. 27; send comments to:
Manager Business Mail Entry
Re: Mountain View Park BMEU Feasibility Study
PO Box 7846
San Francisco, CA 94120