The U.S. Postal Service wants to close more than 3,600 of its smaller post offices to trim costs; it already expects to lose more than $8 billion this year. Dozens of those facilities are in Southern California. Several offices on the closure list are in Orange County, including two in the City of Orange.
Customers lined up early at the post office on North Orange Olive Road. Many who have lived in the area for a while feel personally connected to the place.
"I really like it," says Don Safarik, who's on a first-name basis with his local postal staff. "Great staff here, especially Barbara. She’s just fantastic." Safarik says he even brings Barbara cookies.
Linda Rogers works at a secretarial business next door to the post office. She spends a couple thousand dollars each month just on postage and says they'll miss the post office a lot if it shuts down.
Rogers says going to the next closest post office will cost her gas and time. "Parking is a mess down there and it’s an hour wait in line to get postage, and that’s really going to be a hardship on us." Rogers also says it would leave a gaping hole in the strip mall.
Not all post offices on the list will necessarily close. Officials will make the final decision after a 60-day comment period.