Save La Jolla Post Office Task Force asks merchants to complete economic impact survey

By Pat Sherman

In its latest effort to save the Wall Street post office, members of the Save Our La Jolla Post Office Task Force are asking merchants to complete an online survey highlighting the economic benefits of keeping the post office in the building it has occupied since 1933.

Additionally, the task force will host a “Handwritten Letter Day” event, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at the post office, 1140 Wall St., where community members may craft handwritten letters urging Congressman Darrell Issa (R-49th) to sign the pending Community Post Office Relocation Act. A sample letter, paper, envelopes and stamps will be provided.

“We really feel that the post office in its current location is really important to the merchants,” task force member Athina Singer said. “Some people won’t be able to answer everything on the survey, but anything will be a help.”

Last month, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-53rd) and Reps. Brian Bilbray (R-50th) and Bob Filner (D-51st) introduced The Community Post Office Relocation Act, a bill that would allow La Jolla (and other communities) the first option to purchase their post office, should the U.S. Postal Ser- vice (USPS) follow through with its plan to sell the building and relocate services else- where in The Village.

The legislation would allow a community nonprofit, such as the La Jolla Historical So- ciety, the initial opportunity to purchase its community post office at fair market value, and lease all or part of the space back to USPS.

The task force hopes to get Congressman Issa to sign onto the legislation, Singer said.

“His whole basis is economics. ... He doesn’t care about the history ... or any- thing other than the economy,” she said.

Issa, whose committee oversees the postal service, authored his own, cost-cutting Postal Reform Act, which many view as a substantial threat to postal unions and the fu- ture of USPS.

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service has said it is losing $25 million a day.

A economic survey for the community to complete will be forthcoming, Singer said.