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Mesa Post Office Closed
updated: Dec 22, 2012, 2:30 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Mesa Post Office is closed! I just went to deliver a package to Mesa Post Office and was greeted by a sign saying that it is permanently closed, a reference to losing its lease. A significant loss, and efforts to have a Mesa community.

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 02:38 PM

Bummer I think the one on Nopolitos is open


 COMMENT 356744 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 02:40 PM

ho ho ho-ly crap, that sucks. especially just before christmas!


 COMMENT 356745 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 02:42 PM

Wow, bummer---they have been jammed the last two days I went in........but no one buying phones!


 COMMENT 356747 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 02:54 PM

I went into the little one at the book store by Trader Joe's on Calle Real a little while ago, and found they can no longer take mail for outside the U.S.! Now I have to actually trek into the regular, and very busy, Post Office.


 COMMENT 356751 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 03:02 PM

@747 and for others. As far as I know, substations (like the one next to TJs on Calle Real) have never taken international mail. You have to schlep to a P.O. and fill out those customs forms.


 COMMENT 356758 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 03:13 PM

if it helps, I just bought postage for international mail to Europe yesterday (for cards) they do not have special stamps so I just paid the $1.50 each in postage using regular stamps.

might be easier to put a bunch of stamps and skip the lines.


 COMMENT 356764 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 03:28 PM

The post office is actually a contract station which operated out of Mesa Communications, the Verizon store. The entire store has closed. Re: comments about not accepting foreign mail: USPS contract stations are not allowed to accept foreign mail which weighs more than 4 pounds. To mail foreign mail over 4 pounds you will have to go to a bona fide U.S Post Office.


 COMMENT 356772 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 03:47 PM

758 - If you try to mail an international package by only putting stamps on it and put it in a mailbox it will be returned GUARANTEED.


 COMMENT 356785 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 04:34 PM

764, well the Read N Post in Montecito is a USPS contract station and they take foreign mail over 4 lbs. At least I hope they do since I sent two 20 lb packages to the UK last week. (And yes, they got there fine so I've been told by the people they were addressed to.)

What people *might* be confused about is that contract stations no longer take hand-written customs forms for packages over a few pounds (though I thought that was 5, not 4.) You have to print them out from usps's web site.


 COMMENT 356789 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 04:46 PM

It will not be long before the post office nearly disappears. Most meaningful communication can now be handled by email. It is much quicker and cheaper. Packages are handled more efficiently by UPS. The Postal Dept. loses money each year.


 COMMENT 356791 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 04:50 PM

Postal Service only loses money because of retiree benefit pre-payments imposed upon it by Congress. Otherwise the USPS would be profitable and maintain its efficiency.

Too bad we have people in Congress who want to dismantle government and its services.


 CEES agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 05:20 PM

So sorry to hear! We liked having a local post office, without the long lines.


 COMMENT 356798 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 05:30 PM

@789 - I still find sending and receiving Christmas cards meaningful.


 COMMENT 356799 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 05:38 PM

791 dont forget to mention that the federal government is borrowing 46 cents of every dollar it spends. or did you know that?


 COMMENT 356800 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 05:48 PM

The Fed is creating $40 billion out of thin air every month and we cannot afford to keep post offices open?


 COMMENT 356801 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 05:48 PM

Federal government doesn't fund the USPS, so that's irrelevant. :)


 COMMENT 356822 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 07:36 PM

Just wanted to mention that I went to the downtown main P.O. last Friday about 11:30 AM and had to wait only about 30 seconds to be helped. Virtually no line, and the man behind the counter was nice, efficient, etc. This often happens to me. I must have good post office karma. I love the USPS and hope they don't go away. Especially enjoy the main branch because of the Art Deco building.


 COMMENT 356851 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 08:31 PM

810, nice try but this has nothing to do with our current president.


 COMMENT 356870P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 11:33 PM

They have to stay open. I bought 100 Forever stamps back when they first came out!


 COMMENT 356883P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 07:23 AM

Sad - I loved that litte post office. Hopefully, they'll find a new location on the Mesa. BTW - you now have to go online to USPS.com and fill out customs forms online, print and pay for your own labels to send overseas. Not a hard thing, once you get the hang of it. I sent all my international mail and gifts thru that little P. O. just a couple weeks ago. I used those fixed rate boxes - WAY cheaper than UPS.


 RESIDENT agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 08:11 AM

801, you are correct in that the USPS is an independent establishment of the executive branch, controlled by Presidential appointees and the Postmaster General.

But when they have a budget shortfall, which seems to be every year (like this year $5B), they go to congress (i.e. taxpayers) to make up the difference.


 ARCHIE agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 08:13 AM

Since the closing may be because Verizon closed, who do I contact to request a mesa post office? (There sure are a lot of sites up at mesa shopping center.)


 COMMENT 356898 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 08:29 AM

Oh no! This post office location was so convenient for Mesa residents and easy to get in and out of! First the Hallmark location closed and now this! I really hate going into one of the "big" ones for anything, and hope we get another Mesa substation soon as well as an easy drive-by blue box on a street to deposit mail.


 COMMENT 356902 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 09:23 AM

TAXPAYERS DO NOT PAY FOR THE POST OFFICE. They are non-profit and losing money due to email etc. No one else wants to handle first class mail, not UPS, not Fedex so the Po is not going anywhere anytime soon, but downsizing for sure.


 COMMENT 356905 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 09:48 AM

I went there yesterday too to drop off some last minute cards and was saddened to see it closed. I'm especially concerned that the two boxes I sent on Tuesday, paid for 2 day Priority Mail delivery and they have not arrived yet.....4 days later. I fear I don't have a way to follow up on my packages....I didn't put tracking on the boxes, because I've been using this little postal office for years now and they've always been the most efficient and have never lost anything.....stupid on my part.


 RHS agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 11:27 AM

The post office is in trouble mainly because conservative members of Congress passed a law requiring them to put aside revenue to prefund retirement benefits for 75 year! This is an extraordinary burden that no private corporation is required to reach nor is social security, for example. In addition this had to be done in 10 years starting in 2006. The cost of setting aside this much revenue has led to "losses" but the actual service is making money but for this burden. Congress should let up on this and either shorten the prefund time or give them a bigger window. The USPO is established in our Constitution. It serves an important role in democracy and the attempts to gut it are unhealthy for this country.


 COMMENT 356935 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 11:28 AM

905, in fairness, depending on what time you dropped off the packages vs their pick up times, it could be considered three days, not four.

Despite what they advertise and charge for, the 2 day priority isn't guaranteed in 2 days, it's 2-3 days. Which is frustrating.

I think your stuff will likely be delivered okay, tomorrow. I hope so anyway!


 COMMENT 356938P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 11:40 AM

356810 - the Post Office mess started in **2006**.before the congress changed hands. In the history of the US nothing as egregious has been imposed on ANY business, private or not.

Then in 2006, Congress forced the post office to start prefunding its benefits for retiree health care on a schedule designed to reach full funding in 10 years. Now, the Postal Service is supposed to put about $8 billion a year toward retiree health care.

Understanding the PO mess

Hopefully this mess can be fixed in the next 4 years. Citizens should be outraged - but it is quite clear that very few know what is going on. This started in ** 2006 **.


 COMMENT 356942 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 12:12 PM

902, you actually have it wrong. We do. We just don't pay for it as much as people think or for the reasons people think.

Around $90 million dollars per YEAR are given from taxes to the USPS by Congress. It's called the US Postal Fund. They do this in part for the purpose of helping offset the costs of free governmental postage programs like free braille mail for the blind or those postage paid election ballots, etc. But some politicians claim the money they get far exceeds their actual costs incurred. Hard to tell.

One thing that's for sure is that the USPS itself is 100% tax exempt, they never pay the government.


 COMMENT 356956 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 12:51 PM

Of course taxpayers do pay for the USPS, and get more value than they pay for and certainly better bang for the buck than anything they get from the private sector ... as is the case with most government services. (Consider that the internet, many pharmaceuticals, and many other technologies we value were primarily developed in universities via government grants.) And RHS, 356938P, et. al. are correct about why USPS is in trouble ... because of an unreasonable burden imposed on it by the same party that wants to destroy Medicare by turning it into a voucher system or any other way they can and who blackmailed the U.S. with a threat not to raise the debt ceiling, leading to the "fiscal cliff" that they are now trying to use as leverage.


 COMMENT 356968 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 01:47 PM

764 and Archie, I do not think this information is correct, about the Mesa Communications store also closing. As of yesterday the sign said they were continuing. It is just the postoffice that is leaving.


 RESIDENT agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 02:05 PM

To what do you refer when you say "... because of an unreasonable burden imposed on it by the same party that wants to destroy Medicare..."

The postal act that set up this current situation was supported virtually unanimously by BOTH parties.

So, both republicans and democrats sponsored this bill. The bill passed in the House of Representatives by voice vote. - a record of each representative’s position was not kept. The bill passed in the Senate by Unanimous Consent and a record of each senator’s position was not kept of this either."


 COMMENT 356978 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 02:21 PM

968: Mesa Communications lost their lease. The entire store is closing. They closed the post office part already. The Verizon store may continue to operate for a short duration but they will be closing very soon, as well.


 COMMENT 356989P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 03:30 PM

Online, I was able to find Net Income (Loss) information for USPS by year, starting in 1972. Although the losses have become much larger in the past several years, the pre-funding requirement is NOT the major culprit. Rather, it has been a sharp decline in customer use of USPS services for other than 1st Class Mail, where it enjoys no competition.

st Class Mail has taken a hit, due to the exponential growth of email for many such communications that formerly were handled by 1st Class service. For all other types of mail service, the competition from UPS and FedEx has taken more and more such business away from the Postal Service, to the point where revenues no longer support an operation of such size.

In fact, in 1976, the USPS had a net revenue loss for the year of just about $1 Billion. And most years since 1972 they have shown losses, NOT net income. You can look this up for yourself at http://wwwDOTflickrDOTcom/photos/usgao/5371005812/lightbox/

The Postal Act of 2006 came in the wake of a number of record-breaking profitable years for the USPS. The decline in gross revenues actually escalated AFTER the act was passed. Should Congress do something to reverse this negative financial performance? It would be better than allowing things to continue as they have, but we all need to face the fact that the likely future of Postal Service in America, is one of further downsizing, and closing of facilities, NOT expansion.


 COMMENT 357202 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-24 06:32 PM

Xmas secret...in a couple of weeks, the Mesa CVS is going to be a lot less cluttered.


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