When the residents of Venice, CA found out in July 2011 that their 1939 post office was being put up for sale, they rallied to fight it. They protested, handed out flyers, collected thousands of signatures, sent letters to the U.S. Postal Service, and even formally petitioned the Postal Regulatory Commission to overturn the decision.
Peet’s Coffee & Tea Inc., which was founded in Berkeley in 1966 by Alfred Peet, is being taken private by German investment group Joh. A Benckiser for $977.6 million. Although the original Peet’s store is still operational on the corner of Vine and Walnut, the company headquarters has long been in Emeryville and the roasting facility is in Alameda.
[See the update to this article at the foot of the story.]