HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — Nationwide protests were held Saturday amid the controversy surrounding the U.S. Postal Service.

In the Southland, demonstrators gathered in Hollywood to demand the resignation of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

Reduced services that many feel have impacted the post office’s ability to gather and deliver mail timely are at issue.

Some fear it could impact the upcoming presidential election as many are looking to vote by mail over the threat of COVID-19.

On Saturday, members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass legislation, joined by 26 Republicans, to allocate $25 billion to the postal service and ban operational changes that have slowed mail service around the country.

The legislation is not expected to be taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate and President Donald Trump promised to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.

In recent months, the USPS has cut overtime for employees, reduced business hours, and removed high-volume sorting machines from facilities.

Democrats argue the policies were intended to hurt mail-in voting ahead of the November election.

DeJoy denies that claim, stating the changes were simply intended to increase efficiency and save money.

The unexpected changes have alarmed customers as well as postal workers, however.

“Our mail has been delayed here for two to three days,” said Dr. Wayne Johnson, a Santa Monica resident. “A lot of our bills have not got here on time. Some checks that I’m owed have not been here on time.”

Other rallies were expected to be held throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties, including in Northridge, North Hollywood, Laguna Beach, Long Beach, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Garden Grove, and Irvine.

Comments (7)
  1. I want to protest that I do not have my mail delivered right and directly to my home. We have a community mailbox with 12 keyed mail slots and 3 keyed boxes for parcels.
    All the while an older housing tract near us has mail delivered to each home.
    This, is worth protesting about.

    1. higgii46 says:

      This was done to reduce costs for delivery. This is an inconvenience especially if you have mobility or inclement weather. If you have mobility issues you may be eligible for door delivery, but this would require proof.

    2. higgii46 says:

      The cuts to overtime were done reduce costs. The overtime was being given to process mail that had failed and would not have been delivered on that day. Extra transportation is also being as this is an additional cost for mail that is going to be delivered tomorrow. If the mail is processed late, delivered to the Post Office, but won’t be delivered tomorrow, why spend the overtime and transportation when this could be processed later that day and transported to be delivered tomorrow.

      The issue with the election mail is that none of the mail in ballots have postage, so each voter would need to add postage, those machines have been removed long before the current Postmaster General due to the great recession.

  2. Susan says:

    I had a package that had arrived at the post office around June 20th, it did not get delivered until the beginning of August. I see in my informed delivery that packages are there, but not delivered until much later. So sad. I am stopping mediciations from mail order and changing to pick up since it is so untrustworthy right now.

  3. Rich Tanner says:

    Our dependency on USPS has dropped in our household by some 60% perhaps more. Only a few important letters. Most is now emailed or directly deposited. Of the mail that does come, 80% is unwanted advertising.

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