U.S. Post Office erects fence at Berkeley’s Elmwood site

elmwoodpostofficeWith 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.

Wednesday, workers erected a chain link fence around one side of the parking lot at the Elmwood post office on College Avenue. The move is defensive, according to a spokesman.

We are “enclosing the property for protection,” said Augustine Ruiz, a spokesman from the USPS office in San Jose. “At this point we feel the need to protect our Berkeley properties. As an example, while some of the protesters at the Berkeley Post Office claim to want to preserve the beauty of a Renaissance building, some are allowing it to be defaced, which is rather hypocritical, don’t you think?”

The parking lot, which only allows cars until 6 p.m., is only enclosed on one side.

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Ruiz said the USPS is not altering any other locations in Berkeley.

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