|What do you do when
an old helpful neighbor suddenly disappears. Franklin Hills residents
started asking around when they saw an empty spot at Franklin and Radio
Walk where the blue Post Office collection box used to live. It was
about 11am on February 17, 2009, when that box was unbolted and hoisted
into a truck with about a dozen of its close relatives.
When his old blue friend went missing Franklin Ave. resident Mark
Stevens discovered that nationally to cut costs the USPS has been
removing under utilized boxes, ones that collect fewer than 25 letters.
He looked around for other boxes and soon they were gone too,
Seeking answers, the musician turned postal detective, spoke to our
City Councilmember Tom LaBonge who said he'd received lots of
complaints and suggested contacting our Congresswoman Diane Watson.
That turned into a dead end Stevens contacted postal headquarters
for our area and asked, "Where is there a mailbox in 90027?" The answer
was "we can't tell you where there are any."
While we all recall that it was Ben Franklin who founded the US Post
Office, his wisdom does not appear to have passed down to 90027. On May
11, 2009 the day postage rates went up two cents, our local post office
ran out of one and two cent stamps and by 3:30pm had nearly run out of
clerks with just one behind the counter to help the 30+ people in line.
Maybe it's bad management and not just what LA Postmaster Mark Anderson
calls "electronic diversion" that's putting the PO in financial
informal survey by the FHRA found just six remaining boxes in all
of 90027, other than those at the Post Office. Please let us know if
any others. Perhaps we could save them by getting them declared
historic monuments like the Shakespeare Bridge and Griffith Park.
Standing in 90027
at Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Feliz at Vermont
N. Vermont Ave.
Blvd. at Normandie
Vermont Ave. at
If you find more let us know
WARNING: Some people
suggest putting outgoing mail in
your home mail slot for the carrier to pick-up. That's a very bad idea
as the FHRA has had multiple reports of mail theft in our area in the
past few months.