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Glenoaks post office in Burbank to close, officials confirm

June 21, 2013|By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com
  • After two years of talks, officials on Friday confirmed that the Glenoaks post office will be closed.
After two years of talks, officials on Friday confirmed… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

After two years of hand-wringing by residents, the Glenoaks post office in Burbank will be closed and its two employees will be reassigned, the U.S. Postal Service confirmed Friday.

The news comes less than two months after Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) called the potential closure “misguided,” adding that it would “degrade the quality of service and further debilitate an important and historic part of American life.”

In a statement issued on Friday, Schiff reiterated those sentiments, adding that, over the long term, “it is a slow death by a thousand cuts.”

“Instead, the Postal Service should work with Congress to pursue a larger, more comprehensive approach to its financial health,” he said. “The closure of the Glenoaks postal facility will only hamper residents’ ability to access the mail and hurt local businesses.”

Closing the station at 1634 North San Fernando Blvd. has been on the cash-strapped agency’s radar for two years. The station’s revenue in recent years has steadily declined as access to postal services has expanded to grocery stores, pharmacies, office supply stores and online, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Richard Maher.

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“A generation ago, if you wanted to buy a stamp, you had no choice but to go to the post office. Now we have contracts with almost every grocery store,” Maher said. “Because we’ve expanded access, that actually lowers revenue at our individual post offices.”

Operations at the Glenoaks branch — including its Post Office Box service — will be consolidated to the Downtown Burbank Post Office, located about a mile away at 135 East Olive Ave. Customers will still be able to keep their P.O. Box number and zip code, Maher said.

Post office customers on Friday lamented the planned closing.

For more than 13 years, Angela Holmes, 50, and her mother both had P.O. Boxes at the Glenoaks branch.

When her mother died last year, Holmes kept her P.O. Box, even though another branch sat closer to her Burbank home.

The Glenoaks office, she said, is “more comfortable — it's quick, it's convenient,” she said. “And I feel my mom's spirit here too.”

The convenience of its location was also a cited by Bob Emerson, 53, who said he uses the post office once a week to mail his music to record companies and packages to family on the East Coast.

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