US Postal Service to shutter 3,600 post offices by year's end

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File photo: People use mail services at the U.S. Post Office in the James Farley Building May 12, 2008 in New York City.

Wherever you live in this region, it’s a good bet that a post office near you will go away before the end of this year. The U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday that it’ll shut thousands of post offices across the U.S., including many in the Southland.

It may seem like a small proportion – 3,600 of 32,000 post offices across the country – but the effects of this cost-cutting decision may spread as widely as universal mail delivery.

Compton and Beverly Hills will lose at least one post office each – so will Laguna Woods, San Bernardino and the cities of Ontario and Orange. Inglewood will lose four. At least 10 are on the chopping block in Los Angeles.

Postal officials blame e-mail and texts, media-friendly tablets and smart phones - along with private express delivery companies - for the loss of the service's revenue.

"Our customer's habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business," said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. "The Postal Service of the future will be smaller, leaner and more competitive and it will continue to drive commerce, serve communities and deliver value."

In his statement, Donahoe said some communities that lose retail locations might get what USPS is calling a Village Post Office, smaller automated stations or a local vendor that sells stamps and flat-rate boxes.

This fiscal year the post office expects to lose $8 billion. Those who work in the affected post offices - whether in cities, small towns or rural areas - will likely lose their jobs.

The postal service released a full list of post office closings in California, and will accept public comment about the closings for 60 days.

NPR's Eyder Peralta contributed to this report

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