LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The U.S. Postal Service will close over half of the nation’s mail processing facilities — including several in Southern California — in order to stem a rising tide of red ink.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports the Postal Service plan also calls for the closure of as many as 3,700 post offices to cut billions of dollars in debt.

An estimated 300 out of 500 processing centers in all are expected to shut down as part a plan to save up to $3 billion annually.

The self-described “new reality” for the Postal Service could ultimately slash 35,000 positions as the service overhauls its service standards for first-class mail.

For some local customers, however, the news was less than shocking.

“The places are dying because of all the pensions they’re having to pay,” said one Angeleno. “Everybody’s using email, paying all their bills online.”

In addition to the closures of the processing facilities — which will delay first-class mail by at least one day for local deliver — Saturday mail service could be canceled as well.

“Not that the Post Office is obsolete, but it’s a lot more obsolete than it was,” said one man.

Comments (6)
  1. T says:

    I dont pay anything online, I mail my bills or call and pay by phone, The US mail was my constant when my Son was overseas….. My family lives on the east coast – so i use US mail as the cheapest form of postage most of the time ….
    The Postal Service although not the highest rated is still quite a source for getting things from place to place at a reasonable price. I Dont like the union/pension issues or the politics – but i do appreciate having the service.

  2. Ron says:

    I am THANKFUL for anything that can SPEEDUP the DEATH of ALL the WORTHLESS BLOOD SUCKING UNIONS !!!! It can’t happen SOON ENOUGH !!!

  3. Sam says:

    I am a messenger for a mail service who works midnight to eight am.
    They laid off the hardest workers at the Los Angeles GMF -2 weeks ago
    of course those workers were temps, and did not have benefits, and
    Since then, the service has been terrible..

    1. Doyle says:

      You only see the workers at the Accepting Docks, there are hard workers operating the Automation Machines.

  4. Don't says:

    Do not cancel Saturday delivery.

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