November 28, 2018
Los Altos resident Ron Ligon is on a mission to ensure that the Miramonte Avenue U.S. Postal Service adheres to federal policy that requires a mail carrier to deliver his mail even if access to his mailbox is obstructed.
Ligon said that after engaging in fruitless discourse with Postmaster Anli Zhao over the USPS holding his mail because construction trucks blocked his mailbox, “I told her, ‘If you want a war, you’ve got one. Because I’m retired. I’ve got time.”
His problem with USPS dates back years, as construction has been long underway across the street from his Raymundo Avenue home, with crews parking their trucks in front of his mailbox for months at a time.
Ligon’s mail carrier has refused to get out of his truck and deliver his mail – on one occasion for three days in a row – when trucks are parked in front of his house. The mail carrier informed Ligon that it was Zhao’s policy that mail carriers not stop at houses, exit their mail trucks or walk on foot to a mailbox if access is in any way blocked.
In one of his conversations with Zhao, Ligon said she admitted that quick delivery saves the post office money because they don’t have to pay mail carriers overtime if their routes are completed efficiently.
“Every business wants to save money,” Zhao said in a phone call with the Town Crier.
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