12.20.14 – Moonlight shone over Mandeville Canyon on a recent night when Christen Carter noticed something out of place: a U.S. Postal Service truck making deliveries..
“Who’s getting mail at night?” said Carter, 45.
An increasing number of residents both in Los Angeles and across the nation are asking that question as they deal with more nighttime visits from postal workers.
An audit published earlier this year by the Postal Service said that mail delivery after 5 p.m. is becoming an increasing problem in some parts of the country and cited staffing shortages as the main reason.
The audit found that Washington, D.C., and parts of Atlanta and Miami had some of the highest rates of night deliveries.
In Southern California, the complaints seemed to be focused in areas such as Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and Beverly Hills, according to a letter sent by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) in May to the postmaster general. Nighttime mail deliveries have also been reported in Pasadena. Read more