Update: 6//14: The initiative has qualified for the November 2014 ballot.
The House Appropriations Committee, in its recommendations accompanying the $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill passed by the House yesterday, calls for the United States Postal Service to “suspend the sale of any historic post office” pending the completion of an investigation by the Inspector General into whether the USPS is following the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act.
The downtown Berkeley Post Office has officially been put on the market. The landmarked building at 2000 Allston Way, the source of much campaigning to prevent its sale over the past year, has been listed with USPS Properties for Sale.
Wednesday night’s clearing of tents and other property belonging to campers at the downtown Berkeley Post Office, who have been on site protesting the building’s sale since late July, was not planned in advance, police said Friday.
With a group of 15 to 20 people camped out on the steps of the main Berkeley post office on Allston Way, the U.S. Postal Service is taking action to defend its post office in the Elmwood.