Az Dems: Don't rush to close Cherrybell mail sorting center
Arizona's Democratic members of Congress sent this letter — about the closure of the mail sorting facility at Tucson's Cherrybell post office — to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe on Friday:
As members of the Arizona delegation we are writing to oppose the recent announcement to accelerate the closure of the Tucson Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) from 2014 to 2013. To this end, we would like to request a meeting with you the week of April 15th or soon thereafter to discuss the impact the consolidation proposal will have on Tucson and the State of Arizona.
The closure of the Tucson P&DC would leave one of the nation's fastest growing populations with only one processing facility. By any measure, this represents an unwise deployment of scarce resources. With the recently announced plan to accelerate the timeframe to 2013, we are seeking answers to the following questions:
We are concerned that the decision to close the Tucson Processing & Distribution Center has been made on an arbitrary basis without consideration of complete factors and criteria on its impact on the State as a whole.
Furthermore, your effort to continue to pursue closure outside of a strategy for comprehensive legislative reform poses many real and varied threats to our local economy and quality of life. We look forward to meeting in person in order to discuss the issues in greater detail.
- Raul M. Grijalva
- Ron Barber
- Ed Pastor
- Kyrsten Sinema
- Ann Kirkpatrick