Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Tuesday said he would fight any move to close the Glenoaks post office in Burbank to cut costs at the financially-strapped U.S. Postal Service.
In a letter to U.S. Postal Service Postmaster Gen. Patrick Donahoe, Schiff urged that the branch — located at 1634 N. San Fernando Blvd. — remain open, calling the strategy of closing locations to ease financial woes "misguided."
While the potential closure of the small office has been discussed for two years, a final determination has yet to be made, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Richard Maher.
And even if it were to be closed, the two employees who work there — neither of whom are letter carriers — would be reassigned to another local branch, Maher said. Roughly 15 post offices are located within five miles of the Glenoaks branch, he added.
Consolidating operations would allow the agency to sell the postal-service-owned building, Maher said. Last year, the postal service lost $15.9 billion, $11 billion of which Maher attributed to its obligation to pre-fund its retirement health benefit program.