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Early mail delivery to eight cities in the Imperial, Coachella valleys set Saturday

July 27, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Postal Service announced Thursday that beginning Saturday people in eight cities in the Coachella and Imperial valleys should expect their mail up to two hours earlier.

A press release from the postal service in San Diego stated eight 922 ZIP code area post offices will implement the service improvement plan.

The eight post offices will start work as early as 6 a.m., begin delivery by 8 a.m. and mail carriers will return to the post office between 2 and 3 p.m.

The cities involved in the plan are Brawley, Blythe, El Centro, Calexico, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert and Palm Springs.

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The cities were chosen because of their large number of deliveries.

The press release states, "Businesses and residents will enjoy earlier and more consistent delivery, which allows more time for same day banking, processing accounts receivable and other business."

"The plan would address customer-service surveys that show late and inconsistent delivery times are among the most-often reported customer complaints," the press release states.

The plan would allow postal carriers to finish their deliveries before the hottest part of the day, since postal delivery vehicles don't have air conditioning.

Temperatures inside postal vehicles can reach 150 degrees.

"The actual amount of mail per carrier route is quite small, amounting to just a handful, but the customer benefits are great," states the press release.

Local and two- to three-day committed first class mail from California and out-of-state areas would not be affected, nor would any other class of mail such as priority and express mail.

The plan has been in effect in Needles for five years and appears to be a success, according to the Postal Service.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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