Proposed Postal Service Cuts May Close Bay Area Mail Facilities

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A U.S. Postal Service customer leaves the Bayview Station on July 26, 2011 in San Francisco. The Bayview Station is one of five in San Francisco that is being reviewed for closure. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A U.S. Postal Service customer leaves the Bayview Station on July 26, 2011 in San Francisco. The Bayview Station is one of five in San Francisco that is being reviewed for closure. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The U.S. Postal Service is moving towards a series of unprecedented cuts that could be felt by customers as soon as next year.

The service is talking about closing half of its mail processing plants across the country, including the possibility of facilities in Burlingame and Petaluma.

The proposal comes in response the postal service losing more than $5 billion this year.

San Francisco Postal Spokesman James Wigdel said they’ve lost about 20 percent of their first class mail since 2006.

“With reduced mail volume, we just absolutely don’t need that big mail processing system like we used to,” Wigdel said.

As a result, the changes would mean stamped letters would no longer reach their destinations the next day.

A final decision on the cuts could come early next year.

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