Category: Del Rey

Postal union members picket against closure of Marina sorting facility, Post Office

Picketers stood outside the Alla Vista Post Office in the Del Rey area for 12 hours Friday, October 15th, to indicate their opposition to U.S. Postal Service plans to close the post office and adjacent Marina Processing and Distribution Center. The post office and distribution center are located at Jefferson Boulevard and Alla Road near The Home Depot and Playa Vista. Members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) combined forces in the informational picket, held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in front of the Marina Center, 13031 Jefferson Blvd. The U.S. Postal Service has submitted a proposal to its headquarters in Washington D.C. to close the Marina Center facility and consolidate the distribution center into a larger processing center in South Los Angeles. Plans also include a possible sale of the property. The Postal Service has said the closure would result in a saving of about $16 million a year, but would not affect mail service for most customers. The picket was organized in an effort to express the disapproval and concern of the local community, which National Postal Mail Handlers Union branch president Vanessa Johnson asserted has not been properly informed of the closure. “Our main concern is to make sure the community residents and businesses are aware of the Postal Service’s plans to close,” Johnson said. “What we’re...

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Postal Service plans may close its sorting station, post office on Jefferson Blvd. near Home Depot

The U.S. Postal Service Marina Processing and Distribution Center — at Jefferson Boulevard and Alla Road near Home Depot in the Del Rey area — may be closed by the middle of next year and consolidated into a larger facility in South Los Angeles. But a U.S. Postal Service spokesman said the move would not affect mail service for most customers. Present plans include selling the 386,150-square-foot Processing and Distribution Center, that is located on the 856,000-square-foot parcel. The U.S. Postal Service has been planning to close the Marina processing center — which is at 13031 Jefferson Blvd. and handles mail for the local area — for a few years, according to Larry Dozier, a spokesman for the Postal Service in Los Angeles. There are many processing centers within close proximity of each other in the Los Angeles area and the Postal Service has looked at consolidating some, he said. “We have been looking at ways to cut our costs and maintain the level of service we provide,” Dozier said. If the U.S. Postal Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., decides to close the Marina facility, it will be consolidated into the largest Los Angeles processing center, at 7001 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles. The move would create savings of about $16 million a year for the Postal Service, not including proceeds from a possible sale of the Jefferson Boulevard...

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Services Saturday

for “Rocky” Ferrandino Rocco “Rocky” Ferrandino, a Del Rey resident, passed away of heart failure on his 85th birthday, Sunday, September 12th. A memorial service is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 25th, at the Visitation Catholic Church, 6561 W. 88th St., Westchester. Ferrandino earlier owned the Marina Shell gasoline station at Lincoln Boulevard and Fiji Way in the Marina area since 1972. For the past ten years, the service station has been owned by his son, Wayne. “Rocky” Ferrandino also operated a Shell gasoline station at Westwood and Olympic Boulevards in the Westwood area for 25 years. He was born and raised in Chicago but moved his family to California in 1956. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Genevieve, two sons, Wayne and Richard and his grandsons, Rocky, 15, and Nick, 14. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The American Heart Association, 811 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90017. Information, (800)...

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