Saturday mail service to continue
The long-time delivery of mail on Saturdays was scheduled to end in August for most customers, but intervention from the U.S. House of Representatives has put the plan on hold.
Gus Ruiz, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service's Sacramento District, said on Monday the plan is not moving forward at this time.
As a result, delivery of letters, magazines and bills are to continue six days a week, Ruiz said.
The move to stop Saturday mail delivery would save the postal service about $2 billion a year, he said.
However, the U.S. Postal Service still planned to deliver packages on Saturdays, Ruiz said, even if the letter delivery had been eliminated.
Cost cutting is the motive behind the plan, Ruiz added.
"We are looking at ways to cut costs," he said, "but we are a service and delivery company and need to remain one."
Ruiz also said the proposed delivery cuts would not affect the "retail side" of the postal service.
Offices that are open Saturdays would remain open, he said, along with lobbies where post office mail boxes are located.
The Willows Post Office is not open for business on Saturdays, but the lobby remains open 24 hours.
The Orland Post Office also is closed on Saturdays except for the lobby where post office boxes are located. Lobbies in other surrounding post offices also are open daily.
Postal customers surveyed in Willows and Orland on Monday indicated they did not care about losing home delivery on Saturdays.
"If it is just my house, I'm fine with that," said Missy Beavers owner of Health Habit.
However, Beavers said she'd hate it if parcel deliveries were suspended on Saturdays to her business.
"We are open Saturday and get packages," she said. "I'd have to wait until Monday," which would not be good because customers are waiting on products.
At the Willows Community Thrift Store, clerk Sam Reeley said "It's perfectly fine with me. I have a post office box and home delivery, but I don't live for the mail."
"I don't care," said Marilyn Baker. "All I get is junk mail anyway."
In Orland, Brooke Drake also said Saturday delivery does not matter to her.
Drake quipped she mainly gets bills in the mail, so delaying them to Monday is okay.
Eric McClintock of Orland was surprised about the delay in cutting Saturday mail delivery.
"I thought it already started," McClintock said. "It's not that big a deal."
But McClintock added he did not want parcel deliveries to stop because those are bigger items.
He has packages delivered to the Soda Shop downtown where he works as its manager, McClintock said, rather than risking it sitting outside his front door at home.
McClintock said people working from home might be concerned if they were expecting a big shipment and could not receive it.
He also said for really important items, he often uses other delivery services like FedEx instead of the Postal Service.
It remains to be seen whether the Postal Service is allowed to implement the plan. Some members of Congress favor cutting Saturday delivery while others oppose it.