MORAGA -- Despite residents' efforts to save it, the Country Club post office will become a casualty of the United States Postal Services' efforts to trim costs.

The office, at Country Club Drive and School Street near the Moraga shopping center, will shut down Oct. 14, making the Rheem shopping center post office the town's primary station.

The Moraga community was first alerted of a potential closure in April, and town officials and residents began a letter-writing campaign urging the Postal Service to reconsider.

That public input was taken into consideration, said Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz, but the agency ultimately decided it could save money by closing the Country Club station while still serving Moraga customers at the Rheem location two miles up the road.

"We're not vacating the community, we're not putting up a 'for sale' sign, we're not going out of business," Ruiz said. "All we're doing is paring back in an effort to remain solvent."

Residents and town officials have until Nov. 13, 30 days after the closure, to petition the Postal Service for a reversal.

Struggling with plummeting revenue as fewer Americans are using traditional mail, the Postal Service has listed 3,700 locations nationwide it could close. Four of those are in the its Bay Valley district, including two offices in Oakland, one in Yountville and one in San Jose. No final decision has been made on any of those other stations, Ruiz said.


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The Country Club office was not on the Postal Service's most recent list of potential closures, which led Moraga Mayor Karen Mendonca and others to believe it had been saved.

"Apparently that wasn't good news," Mendonca said. "We were feeling very hopeful at that time because we were no longer on the ... list. So this came, I think, as more of a surprise."

Districts have the authority to consider for closure offices, like Moraga's Country Club office, that are not on the main list, Ruiz said.

Moraga, a town of 16,000, has three post offices -- Saint Mary's College has a part-time station that primarily serves students and staff -- and Mendonca said she understands why the USPS looked at Moraga in its cost-cutting efforts.

But the Country Club location is valuable given its proximity to Moraga's two senior communities and future development around the Moraga shopping center, she added, and the town will fight to save it as long as possible.

"We'll still try but it doesn't sound to me that there's a great deal of hope."

Contact Jonathan Morales at 925-943-8048. Follow him at Twitter.com/sosaysjonathan.