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East Palo Alto post office moving to Ravenswood Shopping Center

Residents relieved by the convenient location

The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it will move its East Palo Alto branch to Ravenswood Shopping Center, concluding a monthslong search for a permanent new post office. An opening date has yet to be determined.

Until the new post office opens at 1765 E. Bayshore Road, the Postal Service will continue to provide services to residents from the current East Palo Alto post office at 1600 Bay Road.

The search for a new post office began after the landlord at the Bay Road location decided to redevelop the property and not renew to the lease with the Postal Service. In June, the agency held a community meeting where residents shared their opinions on various issues regarding a new post office, such as its location and the services it provides.

"Whenever we have to relocate retail services that affects customers that need to do business, we need to have a public meeting. And it's very important for us to hear their concerns," Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz said.

Although the meeting only had two community members in attendance, for 40 minutes the residents discussed the importance of having a post office that is easily accessible, with three Postal Service officials in attendance.

East Palo Alto resident Lourdes Best had expressed wanting to see the new post office in the vicinity of the Ravenswood Shopping Center at the June meeting. The new location of the post office will, in fact, be tucked right into the Ravenswood Shopping Center, making it close to many everyday destinations such as Target, Home Depot, the Cardenas Markets grocery store and other various businesses.

East Palo Alto Senior Center Executive Director Millicent Grant said she was very pleased with the new location of the post office as she personally frequents the shopping center and would like taking care of all her business in one congregated place.

"The seniors go to the shopping center because of the grocery store, and they like Starbucks and they like Target. That's a one-stop shopping center," she said. "Having the post office there, I would love that very much."

She said the previous location had been less desirable due to heavy traffic when seniors are crossing the street and said the shopping center is much safer.

At the meeting, officials said one of the main goals for the new location included making sure it stays within the geographic limits -- bordered to the north by Kavanaugh Drive/Notre Dame Avenue, south by East Bayshore Road, east by Pulgas Avenue and west by Willow Road -- and that it has an East Palo Alto zip code since traveling to a Palo Alto office is inconvenient for many residents.

"Considerations were certainly taken from customers who attended the meeting, or anyone who wrote in to us," Ruiz said.

The new post office will offer the same services as its previous location, though the business hours have not been finalized.

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12 people like this
Posted by Split 94303
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Can we take this opportunity to split the 94303 zip code along the county and city boundary. The Palo Alto portion can switch to 94308 or something else.


4 people like this
Posted by Judy
a resident of Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
on Dec 13, 2018 at 3:28 pm

Why are you asking for a split zip code? Aside from this having nothing to do with the article it makes you sound extremely snobbish about having to share anything with your neighbors...NICE!!! Except for the fact you would rather not be associated with East Palo Alto, what would be a valid reason for this? I hate to break it you but the post office doesn't work quite like the phone company. Hardly ever do they go splitting up zip codes as all that does is make a mess for those who get the new zip. But I guess that doesn't matter to you either. As long as you don't have to SHARE with anyone - huh? I can see why you wouldn't want to use your actual name to post.


3 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2018 at 3:42 pm

Posted by Split 94303, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood

>> Can we take this opportunity to split the 94303 zip code along the county and city boundary.

Why? It is a mail delivery code. Why would you care?


12 people like this
Posted by RE Agent
a resident of Portola Valley
on Dec 13, 2018 at 6:23 pm

> Can we take this opportunity to split the 94303 zip code along the county and city boundary.
>> what would be a valid reason for this?
>>> It is a mail delivery code. Why would you care?

Changing postal zip codes makes a lot of sense in terms of perceived property values and imagery.

Why should those living on the nicer Palo Alto side of the small Newell Road bridge have to share the same zip code as those residing along Woodland Avenue in west East Palo Alto? It is also misleading to prospective home buyers and renters unfamiliar with the two cities.

A similar situation came up in south Los Altos. Residents there are served by the county but at one time, they had the option of either being annexed to the City of Cupertino or remaining a part of Los Altos. The majority chose a Los Altos city reference believing their homes would fetch coniderably more on the open market.

Now Cupertino is a far more desirable locale than EPA in terms of affluence, residences, public schools and shopping opportunities so a delineation between East Palo Alto and Palo Alto is somewhat justified.

I would imagine that it's primarily the EPA residents who want to maintain a misleading connection with Palo Alto via an identical zip code. Now whether this due to some sort of 'complex', only the proponents can answer that.




8 people like this
Posted by Insurance
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 13, 2018 at 7:53 pm

For those of us in 94303 zip code, the big problem is that as far as insurance rates go, 94303 is classed as East Palo Alto and is San Mateo county and our car insurance rates are higher. I suspect it matters not a whit to EPA, but it would be nice to get insurance rates based on Palo Alto and Santa Clara county.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2018 at 9:08 pm

Posted by Insurance, a resident of Palo Verde

>> For those of us in 94303 zip code, the big problem is that as far as insurance rates go, 94303 is classed as East Palo Alto and is San Mateo county and our car insurance rates are higher.

Interesting. I thought this was prohibited by Prop 103 passed in 1988. You wouldn't happen to be using Nationwide, USAA and Liberty Mutual? They were subject to an investigation regarding their insurance ratings last year:

Web Link


10 people like this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 13, 2018 at 10:51 pm

Sigh...it leads to confusion. You order something, like on the phone, and they pipe up, “East Palo Alto, CA...” and you have to swiftly correct them or else your address is incorrectly entered into their database and confusion reigns. We are in different counties. Please separate the Citiesinto two zip codes. This is a practical matter.


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Posted by Miracle on 34th
a resident of Terman Middle School
on Dec 14, 2018 at 1:43 am

The U.S. Postal Service is the official arbiter. And their website clearly says our post office at 2085 East Bayshore Road is an East Palo Alto address.


6 people like this
Posted by Agree
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 14, 2018 at 1:53 am

In addition, the 94303 zip code pops up as East Palo Alto on my car's GPS. This is not snobbery; I would not want the address to state Atherton either, because I live in Palo Alto. We should not share a zip code with another city, or another county.


2 people like this
Posted by SCB94303
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 14, 2018 at 4:25 am

Five years ago I moved from Menlo Park (94025) to Palo Alto in zip code 94303. I am insured by an excellent insurance company, always rated on top by Consumer Reports (Amica Ins.). I called the company in their "local" Petaluma office and asked why my auto insurance is higher here in Palo Alto than it was in Menlo Park, and I was told it was because of the zip code of 94303 being shared with East Palo Alto. Therefore we are in the same risk category as East Palo Alto is. I thought my car insurance rate would be at least as good as in Menlo Park because my car is parked in a "caged" locked garage all the time when I am home, since I live in the Moldaw senior retirement residence (connected with the JCC) located in the Taube Koret complex located at 899 E. Charleston Road. Valets monitor the place from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. I thought my car is parked so protected that I would get a great insurance rate. As it happens, that did not matter.

So for that reason (car insurance rates) I am on the side of the zip code 94303 not be shared with East Palo Alto. One of the two districts should have their zip code changed. After I moved here I tried connecting with a Congress person who might possibly help with this issue but I didn't get anywhere and was only referred to his/ her assistant who had no interest in helping me on this. That is as far as I got because I could not figure out who draws zip code lines for the U.S. Post Offices. It had to be something Federal. If we could get a committee to petition for this, maybe something could be done about getting the zip code line changed and get the districts separated. Two separate cities and in two separate counties should not be connected in any way! Just think of all the people that would be able to get lower insurance rates for their autos.


2 people like this
Posted by Thad
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 14, 2018 at 5:50 am

If you don't like the 94303 zip code why don't you just simply move do a different zip code?

This is what so many of the privileged in the comments say to the poor who are trying to just survive here when their plights are described in an article. I know moving isn't simple or cheap or easy, just pointing out some of the hypocrisy I witness on a regular basis in these comments.


18 people like this
Posted by RE Agent
a resident of Portola Valley
on Dec 14, 2018 at 8:59 am

> the big problem is that as far as insurance rates go, 94303 is classed as East Palo Alto and is San Mateo county and our car insurance rates are higher.
>> it leads to confusion. You order something, like on the phone, and they pipe up, “East Palo Alto, CA...”
>>> Therefore we are in the same risk category as East Palo Alto is.

This also can come up when conducting an online homeowner's insurance inquiry. Due to the zip code reference as EPA, factors such as home burglaries and other related felonies are figured into the equation.

While EPA residents may have no problem sharing an identical zip code with parts of Palo Alto, some Palo Altans are getting the short end of the stick.

It's akin to sharing a 90210 zip code with East LA.



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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 14, 2018 at 10:59 am

Hard to tell for sure from a board post, but, it sounds like some insurance companies are violating California law. The good news is that the State has its own Commissioner to deal with such violations:

Web Link

The bad news is that the Commissioner is trying to deal with about -$9 Billion- dollars of -insured- losses this year due to wildfires. (Who knows what the total losses are? The $9B is just the estimated insured losses.)

Web Link


12 people like this
Posted by 94303 Is OK But...
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 14, 2018 at 1:22 pm

If insurance premiums are based on crime statistics, being forced to pay EPA insurance rates while residing in the nicer parts of Palo Alto is uncalled for.

If 94303 is going to remain the existing zip code for both cities, a sub-number should be assigned (i.e. 94303-002) to clearly differentiate the two areas. This addition will also assist in the shipping of packages, mail, insurance quotations and real estate inquiries.

If my family wanted to live in EPA, we would have purchased a home there.


10 people like this
Posted by Re-Assign Or Change Zip Codes
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Dec 14, 2018 at 7:01 pm

> I would imagine that it's primarily the EPA residents who want to maintain a misleading connection with Palo Alto via an identical zip code.
> It's akin to sharing a 90210 zip code with East LA.
> If my family wanted to live in EPA, we would have purchased a home there.

All things considered, there should be some form of differentiation in zip codes as Palo Alto and East Palo Alto are two entirely different communities.

We're talking night and day.


8 people like this
Posted by R.Davis
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 15, 2018 at 9:32 am

R.Davis is a registered user.

QUOTE: All things considered, there should be some form of differentiation in zip codes as Palo Alto and East Palo Alto are two entirely different communities.

Some might even say planets. *L*





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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 15, 2018 at 10:29 am

Zip codes are for postal delivery and change all the time. Not only are there thousands of zip codes that span county boundaries, there are a number that span state boundaries as well.

Web Link

I get the idea that some people want zip codes to map to census tracts. If you want that, why don't you write your congressperson about that. It also sounds like some insurance companies are still violating Prop 103 in determining rates. Web Link



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