Brooklyn Station Gets a Stay of Execution!

Great news postal fans: Brian Dunsmore, President of the Portland Oregon Area Local American Postal Workers Union has informed us that the Brooklyn Station Post Office and the Central Station have been taken off of the USPS’s chopping block. Thanks to all of you that responded to our earlier post and wrote to Congressman Blumenauer. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Marine Board Swamps No Wake Zone

RI paddle

Despite Brooklyn neighborhood support, in a 3-2 decision the Oregon Marine Board on July 27th rejected a plea to have a short section of the Holgate Channel and the Ross Island Lagoon declared a No Wake Zone. Proponents, primarily paddlers of canoes, kayaks, Dragon boats and rowing shells, hoped to protect themselves and that fragile section of the larger Oaks Bottom Wildlife Preserve from loud high speed powerboats. The issue is especially important to Brooklyn and the City in view of the recent donation of Ross Island to the City by Ross Island Sand and Gravel. The City supported the No Wake proposal and the Marine Board’s own staff recommended passage of the resolution. Controversy arose after the vote when it was revealed by the Oregonian (oregonlive.com, July 30th) that one of the Marine Board members voting in opposition did not disclose she was the executive director of a lobbying group for the powerboat industry. An ethics investigation has been initiated by the state. Brooklyn’s small stretch of the Holgate Channel and the heavily used Springwater Trail may yet be granted the serenity it deserves.

Act Now to Stop the Closure of Brooklyn Post Office

Brooklyn Station Post Office

Read the article below and please call, email, or write Congressman Blumenauer and ask him to help us keep the Brooklyn Post Office from closing.   Earl knows about the issue.  A simple email saying “Please help us stop the closure of Brooklyn post office!” will get the message across.

Address:  The Honorable Earl Blumenauer
729 NE Oregon, Ste 115,
Portland, OR 97232

(503) 231-2300 Fax (503) 230-5413

Email Earl Blumenauer

Postal Service considers closing six Oregon stations
by Bill Graves, The Oregonian
Tuesday August 04, 2009, 4:34 PM

The U.S. Postal Service is weighing whether to close six Oregon post offices to save costs in the face of money shortages caused by the recession.

The agency’s Portland District operates 467 post offices in Southwest Washington and Oregon and will consider closing three stations in Portland, two in Salem and one on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, said Ronald Anderson, spokesman for the Portland District.

Nationally, the independent federal agency, which is self supporting and receives no tax money, may run $7 billion in the red this year, Anderson said. The Postal Service has seen a 20 percent drop in business, both in Oregon and nationwide, he said. Companies have cut back mailing and consumers are relying more on online banking and email. Continue reading Act Now to Stop the Closure of Brooklyn Post Office