By Pete Demetriou

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — It could be the last Christmas for first-class mail here in the Southland.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports the U.S. Postal Service is moving ahead with plans to slash $3 billion from its budget that could affect delivery times starting in 2012.

The USPS cutbacks are aimed at eliminating next-day mail delivery in order to avert a potential bankruptcy filing by the nearly 220-year-old agency.

Postal vice president David Williams acknowledged customers are relying more frequently upon online services to communicate and pay bills.

Others, however, aren’t so comfortable with the new schedules.

“We send our mortgages, insurance, car note, those are important things that need to get there,” said customer Lori Charles. “There’s a lot of late fees that are being charged when they don’t get there.”

First-class mail volume in the U.S at 78 million after reaching a peak in 2006, but that number is projected to drop by roughly half by 2020, the Associated Press reported.

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Comments (7)
  1. Mad Monk says:

    Why not delivery mail just once a week?
    That would save tons of money.

    1. Jeff says:

      Dont they even realize that this will push even more people to pay bills online – say goodby to postal service by the year 2015 – it is there cusotmer service that got the USPS to were they are now rather then being inventive and ahead of the customer needs – bototm line miss managment

  2. bif larson says:

    Five misspellings and/or grammar errors in one sentence for Jeff.

  3. bif says:

    Mad Monk:
    The mail would not fit in the box. I don’t want a week of mail stolen
    from my box at one time.
    The daily delivery truck can’t carry five days of mail
    without going back to the hub multiple times. Or can they?

    How about deliver three days a week? That seems reasonable.

  4. eddie k says:

    Here we go again. Let’s just keep putting off mismanagement! The post office has been doing it for decades and now the want to extended the closures? What kind of business operates this way? Are we blind not to be able to see that in order for the Postal service to fix itself it must go back to the basic fundamentals of business. If you can’t make a profit, then get out of business.

    If congress chooses to bail out the post office – then we might as well bail out every business that chooses to mismanage.

    I would not like to pay my bills and go in debt by billions and then when someone says that i have to shut down my way of business that I should just keep saying that i need a little more time. Of course that would never happen.

    We’ve let the post office become the laughing stock of business and now we want to reward them by extending their closures? What are we – idiots?

    Stop and listen to yourself. It just sounds bad!

    Eddie k.

  5. common sense says:

    I’ve been with the postal service 17 years. I’ve never seen a buisness mismanaged as much as this one. They spend money like it’s free. Now they’re in a bind & they want to be bailed out. Lay off managers from the district & higher up who don’t have a clue as to how the job should be done. Let the carriers do what they have to do to get the job done in the most efficient manner. We as carriers could eleviate overtime if they would just be reasonable. I would like to see a 5 day work week so I can spend time with my family. They’re home on weekends & so should all of us. So is management. Most mail is either bills or JUNK. Waiting until Monday isn’t going to kill anyone. They will save on salaries,gas and overhead. They better do it before it’s too late. Don’t cut services and raise rates; (best way to loose customers) cut out MOST management (DUH.) Most of them don’t do squat but walk around in their suit & ties giving rediculous orders. Better HURRY usps before we’re all on unemployment. Oh yeh, carries will always be needed; not management. See ya!

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