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El Toro Post Office to Reduce Hours

The Raymond Way branch is one of seven Orange County post offices affected by cutbacks.

Effective April 1, the El Toro post office in Lake Forest will reduce its hours, officials said.

The Raymond Way office is one of seven Orange County postal outlets scaling back hours to save money, according to a U.S. Postal Service press release.

The El Toro branch's new hours will be 8:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

The other post offices cutting hours are in Irvine, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Laguna Hills and Orange.

The locations were chosen "after careful analysis of customer traffic patterns and transaction history," the USPS said.

All of the affected branches have automated kiosks available 24 hours a day to purchase stamps, weigh mail and ship packages, officials noted.

In addition, usps.com enables customers to buy stamps, print shipping labels and download postage, schedule a free package pickup, change their address when they move, look up ZIP codes and hold mail when they are away.

Homer March 20, 2013 at 11:07 PM
As if there is an underlying message here... Something along the line of - "Stop buying stamps and step up to the electronic age." Seriously though... How does the USPS expect people to ship anything with such a limited amount of time during the day? Having a package bin in the vestibule is not sufficient. The bins are often clogged and no staff is present to resolve the problem. Should everyone needing to ship a package call the USPS to schedule an "at home" pick up by their route carrier? The ET branch moved the letter and package drop chutes inside the lobby doors (lobby doors were moved outward), so letters must be left in the blue drop boxes outside. Personally, I have had mail lost out of those blue boxes. Then again, you cannot trust your mail to be picked up at your home mailbox unless you have a locked unit. What's the moral of this story? Go Fedex ?
Mullins March 21, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Except Fedex is expensive. It really makes it impossible for anyone with a fulltime day job to go to the post office, and I was a regular on Saturdays and after 5pm.
Jim Gardner March 21, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Now imagine we have 12,000+ more people living in the City, many of whom will also want to use the Post Office (and the library, and the DMV, etc). With reduced hours and more people, the current situation which can be bad at various times of the day will only get worse. Much worse. In their desire to let the developers build 4,000 additional homes, the City never examined the impact of the 12,000 + new people on accessibility and use of existing public resources, like the post office. We were headed for a problem even if the post office hadn't cut back on service. Now we will have an even worse problem. The City should lobby the post office officials and see if we can restore the lost hours. No other city is increasing their population by 15%+ in the immediate future, so perhaps an exception can be made. It's worth a try.
Mateo March 22, 2013 at 12:45 AM
They are currently picketing outside the post office and making a lot of noise. Very annoying!.

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