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“Not that the Post Office is obsolete, but it’s a lot more obsolete than it was,” said one man.