The Save La Jolla Post Office Task Force needs YOU next Thursday, April 26!

OUR VIEW

Since the U.S. Postal Service announced in January its plans to sell the busy and beloved La Jolla Post Office building at 1140 Wall St. and relocate its services elsewhere in town, hundreds of residents have come forward to fight the closure under the direction of the Save La Jolla Post Office Task Force. The Force is one to be reckoned with but it needs your support at a face-to-face meeting with postal officials 6 p.m. next Thursday, April 26 at The Cuvier Club, 7776 Eads Ave. Speaker slips will be provided to allow everyone a chance to voice their concerns.

The La Jolla Post Office Building at 1140 Wall St. is a 77-year-old, WPA-project era edifice.

In the meantime, posters, fliers and postcards are available at the La Jolla Historical Society offices (7846 Eads Ave.) to spread the word about the meeting. Quantities of promotional materials may be picked up and distributed in neighborhoods, coffee shops, grocery stores, etc. There are also petitions ready for those who can solicit signatures protesting the closure (600 already and counting) for the April 26 meeting. Learn more at www.savelajollapostoffice.org

If you want to help preserve a bit of historic La Jolla for generations to come, now’s the time to lend a hand. Consider this fitting quote by Sir Winston Churchill, “We shape our buildings; thereafter, our buildings shape us.”

Why bother to Save the La Jolla Post Office building?

We put this question to members of the Task Force at its April 13 committee meeeting. Here are a few of the responses:


“For tourism, primarily. I walk into The Village daily and one of the most frequent questions tourists ask me is, ‘Where is the post office?’ It really is a big, important step for us.”
Carolyn De Moss

“What makes a community unique is the history of its buildings and its location, and if you take away all the old buildings in La Jolla, you might as well be in Carmel Valley.”
Ellen Merewether

“The La Jolla Post Office is an iconic presence in the center of The Village and represents what all is good about La Jolla.”
Joe LaCava

“It’s the center of The Village from an economic standpoint. It’s just, delightfully, a very attractive building.”
Tom Brady

“My favorite thing about The Village is that you never have to leave. So if there’s no post office, you might actually have an excuse to go somewhere.”
Athina Singer

Related posts:

  1. Public rally at Wisteria Cottage Feb. 4 to protest proposed closing of La Jolla Post Office
  2. Search for new La Jolla Historical Society director is on; website revised, preserve the post office committee formed
  3. Community Leader’s View: Now is the time to get involved
  4. Opinion: Who knows what Miss Scripps was thinking?
  5. Opinion: One great deal for the people of San Diego

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5 Comments for “The Save La Jolla Post Office Task Force needs YOU next Thursday, April 26!”

  1. Peter

    I'm no longer a La Jolla resident but it looks like two separate issues are getting confused. Parking at the present location has always been a problem. So move the PO but for heaven's sake, keep the fine old building
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  2. James

    You do all realize postal service will continue right? The Post Office will just move to a new location. I think the Light said with in a mile and the PO Box numbers will all stay the same just a new location.

    What's to prevent this project of "saving the post office" from turning into another Red Rest and Red Roost Inn type situation?

    • Leslie

      James,

      The Red Roost and Red Rest were designated historic by the efforts of its owner, prior to their private sale to the current owners – a La Jolla Family Trust which owns several properties including the adjacent La Jolla Suites – that family business now controls the destiny of those two last cove cottage structures.

      The La Jolla Post Office land was purchased and the building built by the US Government and the USPS is now a "Quasi Governmental" Institution. This make this "project" fundamentally different in that We The People paid for the USPS and we the citizens have a right to engage in meaningful conversation about it's future – which could be a community buy-back and lease- back agreement. We are requesting some time, after 77 years, to work together with our USPS to come up with a Win-Win solution.

      • James

        The USPS is trying to be an economically responsible government agency and people are talking like they want to start the apocalypse. They should be commended not burned at the stake! If you want to buy the building and rent it back or do whatever you want with it makes no difference to me it's your money. But the quotes above are in a lot of ways ridiculous!

        Athina Singer, according to the Light all the PO Box numbers will remain the same but in a new location with in the Village.

        Carolyn De Moss, You'll just point them to the new location.

  3. Lisa

    They took away the library and that was SO sad! Yes, we got the new one but the old one is still there, never having anything nice. The post office is next. La Jolla is selling out again! If the post office goes you may as well just flush it all down the toilet!!nWhat is wrong with you people! You are taking away the charm and character of La Jolla! All you want is money, money, money! Keep La Jolla the way it is before it is too late! Shame on you! If you keep this up it will soon be gone. What will go in there? Another restaurant, gallery or t-shirt shop? Maybe another bank? Fight to keep La Jolla a small, charming community!! Be more like Carmel, CA ! SAVE LA JOLLA!!!!!!!!!

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