(updated April 5, 2018) Updating to reflect Mayor Rocha’s answer to my email. Looking forward to that public meeting.

“Staff and I have been meeting with Post Office personnel. We are planning a public meeting in early May. It is our intention to keep a Post Office here in Azusa. Thank you, Mayor.”

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Just took three envelopes to my local post office in Azusa, CA, and came out with an 8 ½ x 11 paper encouraging me to write to the City Mayor against allowing our city to go without a Post Office. The land that the office occupies has reportedly been sold to someone who intends to build apartments midway through next year. What is certain, according to the employee, is that the Post Office must vacate the property by June of 2019, and that the residents of Azusa will have to take their mail to Glendora, the next city to the east.

I walked to the Post Office today (proof that it’s being used, by the way). There are 2.8 miles between our Post Office and Glendora’s, so I guess I’m getting in shape by force, or driving, after June 2019.

Or can something be done? (And by this I don’t mean to fight the impending closure of the current office, but to fight for the right to keep a Post Office in the city, perhaps even a smaller version of it, where residents can take letters and packages, keep mailboxes, and sign for registered mail. The Post Office could run the delivery system and trucks from Glendora if they must, but why leave the entire Azusa without a even a desk?)

This handout says to write to Mayor Joe Rocha at Azusa City Hall, 213 E. Foothill Blvd, in Azusa CA 91702. E-mail: jrocha@ci.azusa.ca.us

Residents can also attend a City Council meeting and express their concerns during the “Public Participation” section of the meeting. Upcoming meetings are scheduled on April 2 and 16, and May 7, 2018, at 7:30 pm. Same address as above.

The handout says to write to Congress. Makes most sense, I’d say, to write to Congresswoman Grace Napolitano at her El Monte Office – 441 Santa Anita Avenue, Suite 201, El Monte, CA 91731. There’s also a way to contact her online at https://napolitano.house.gov/

How much do we care, residents of Azusa? Are we going to complain online (and on Facebook) while we see our Post Office go? Or are we at least going to rock this boat?