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March 20, 1986
A vacant furniture warehouse at Colorado Avenue and 11th Street in Santa Monica has been renovated and redesigned as a U.S. Postal Service mail-sorting facility. The $1.3-million project was designed by Matlin & Dvoretzky architects of Santa Monica. Beverly Hills developer Larry Field of the Richlar Partnership is leasing the 15,500-square-foot facility to the Postal Service. An existing facility across the street will remain in use.
March 21, 2012 | By David Lazarus
The U.S. Postal Service faces serious trouble in the email age -- no one disputes that. But is the answer really more junk mail? "We believe it could be a billion-dollar product for the Postal Service by 2016," says Paul Vogel, president and chief marketing officer for the Postal Service. The agency posted a loss of $5.1 billion for the year ended Sept. 30 as the volume of first-class mail continued to plunge and as it covered healthcare benefits for retirees. To help stem the tide of red ink, the Postal Service is looking to close more than 200 facilities and cut about 32,000 jobs.
July 11, 1988
You carried a column by Daniel S. Greenberg in which he charges that the U.S. Postal Service is "medieval," failing to modernize by neglecting research and development (Op-Ed Page, June 22). When he wrote a similar article in 1980 with some identical language, his allegations were, in large part, true. But where has "Rip Van" Greenberg been in the intervening eight years? The Postal Service is in the midst of a massive transition from mechanization to automation for the processing of the ever-increasing volume of mail and possesses the most advanced postal technology in the world today.
October 15, 1987
The U.S. Postal Service, which has seen the volume of mail it handles double in the last 20 years to 167 billion pieces annually, says the time has come when it must once again have rate increases. Almost certainly postage costs will rise next year, probably to 25 cents for first-class mail. At the same time the service continues its efforts to economize and hold down even higher user costs.
February 6, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
The U.S. Postal Service's announcement that it plans to stop delivering most mail on Saturdays is likely to have an effect on the business world. The Postal Service said it made the announcement Wednesday -- about six months in advance of implementing a five-day mail delivery schedule on Aug. 5 -- to give residential and business customers time to plan and adjust. Hallmark Card Inc., the Kansas City-based greeting card company, said it anticipated problems with the decision.  "Hallmark continues to believe a reduction in service will not induce customer loyalty and will negatively impact small towns and small businesses that depend on timely, affordable, reliable mail delivery," the company said . "This move should only be considered once all other cost-saving options are fully explored and acted upon.
April 14, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Many years ago -- it seems like a lifetime -- I used to hang around in a house in the Silver Lake hills lived in by Postal Service producer Jimmy Tamborello. He had a number of roommates, including a friend of mine named Pedro Benito, who once played in a band called Sunday's Best, and later in the Jealous Sound. The house had a great view of the reservoir and was the type of place that facilitated the comings and goings of a lot of creative types and many, many musicians. Tamborello was kind and quiet and spent most of his time in his bedroom crafting beats and instrumental tracks.
April 14, 2013 | By August Brown
When did you first hear the Postal Service? If that question has any particular resonance for you, then the answer is likely "10 years ago, in high school or college, on a CD-R mix comp from somebody I was awkwardly pursuing romantically. " And that, Coachellans, is the short version of why a band with one album that rarely toured upon its release 10 years ago can play one of the biggest slots at one of America's preeminent music fests. The electro-pop duo of Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello got under your skin at a sensitive age, and stayed there.
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