Posted by Louise, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jul 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm
Observer, I've noticed the same thing. I've twice received bank statements for someone else and just dropped them off in their boxes (they didn't even live on my street). I've received other mail as well, and also had a neighbor open something of mine recently and then deliver it to my box - maybe that was you!
Posted by Karla, a member of the San Ramon Valley High School community, on Jul 29, 2011 at 7:50 am
Our mail delivery is as excellent as it has always been. Once in a blue moon we'll get mail for our neighbor, but it's rare and so easy to walk a few steps to their mailbox. We appreciate the people who deliver the mail in this heat - if you do too, have a bottle of cold water handy on those hot days. Show your appreciation.
Posted by Tena, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jul 29, 2011 at 8:15 am
I had mail with people's checks stolen from my mailbox in April. I contacted the Postal Inspector in Oakland and the Danville Police Department with the people's addresses, email addresses and phone numbers. Four of them had someone use their routing numbers and account numbers to purchase items through the internet totaling around $1500. The man from Hayward who stole them is in jail as we speak.
The organization that I was receiving the checks for will be reviewing our policies and probably have all future checks come to a post office box. I already take any mail with checks that I write and mail to the nearest "blue box" or the post office and never leave in my mail box for pick up.
I applaud the work of the inspector and Danville Police for investigating this incident but was disappointed when the Conta Costa District Attorney decided not to prosecute but the Alameda District Attorney is. And to learn that in California, there is a threshold that postal theft has to meet before the postal service will prosecute also because there are SO many cases.
Posted by Alamo PO Box Customer, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Jul 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm
Unfortunately, I get too much mail that is not for me and everytime I bring it to their attention, they don't even apologize. My mother sent a very long handwritten letter to my daughter for graduation and a check months ago that has yet to be delivered. She stopped payment on the check, but the letter was priceless. Yes, she has email, but handwritten by an 85 year old grandmother on special stationary she bought special can not be duplicated. She said she spent 3 days writing it. I imagine it went in the wrong box and that person just threw it away. So, in answer to the question on how is your mail delivery, it continues to be sub-par at the Alamo PO Box. I wish someone would step-up to the plate there and take charge. Thanks!
Posted by Janet, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Aug 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Believe me, we have noticed. We used to get our mail around 1:30 and now it's between 4:30 and 5:30. This no longer allows time for us to do any banking.
I complained to the Danville main post office and was told the sorting is now being done in Oakland (probably eliminated jobs locally)and routes were being combined. The mail personnel aren't appreciating the change as they complain the routes are too long now and they are often required to work longer days.
Posted by Karl, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Aug 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm
USPS locally are nice and try to do a good job. In the many years here we have always had good experiences with the staff.
Now, as far as the US Postal Service "SYSTEM" is concern ....
We do not need Saturday delivery;
USPS losing $6 - $8 Billion this year.
Hello Postmaster General: Technology is here. Productivity gains are not being achieved. You are incorporating technology, you mail load has diminished 40% over the past decade yet staff levels are not decreasing fast enough.
We ship commercially. All postage labels prepared and shipped w/o going to counter EXCEPT 1st Class Mail International.
Finally, that is now automated ... now I won't have to wait in line. Same is true across the nation. Reduced USPS clerk workload
Who buys stamps anymore? If you do, you can buy them at machine or Costco or stores. Most bills paid electronically ... fewer letters and cards ... all E-mail .... and I'm 70 years old!
Old Post Office needs to go .... big waste. Who cares if I get a "non electonic" bills, Medicare paperwork or junk mal at 5PM.
USPS needs to wake up and get with the times and close down thousands of under-utilized offices in urban areas, raise prices very high for transactions that can be done online. Other businesses do it ... oops, there might have been an inference that the USPS is a legit "business".
We need a new Postal Service .... How 'bout US Postal FedEx ??
Ben Franklin had a good idea back then ... but not for today.
Posted by Karl, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Aug 2, 2011 at 6:59 am
MSNBC.com had an article & a series of photos of several post offices being considered for closure. The following is the caption to the a photo of the Bayview Area PO in San Francisco:
"Clerk Shun Wong waits for customers at the U.S. Postal Service Bayview Station. The Bayview Station is one of five in San Francisco that is being reviewed for closure. The Postal Service is calling the targeted outlets “low activity,” defined by low foot traffic, average sales of less than $50 per day. Most are located within five miles of another post office location."
So, one of the criteria is that the PO has to have sales of $50 per day!!! How many businesses would last a month with that standard? No wonder the USPS loses up to $8 billion / year.