The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to temporarily remove 14 blue mail collection boxes in Los Angeles and Orange counties as a safety precaution ahead of potential protests.
The Postal Service joins many other agencies across the nation making plans for protests leading up to and after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Experts and law enforcement fear the demonstrations could potentially turn violent, after rioters last week breached the U.S. Capitol.
“These are temporary measures to protect postal property, employees and the public,” the Postal Service said in a Jan. 13 statement.
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday called on the California Army National Guard to boost security at the state capitol, where about a dozen mail collection boxes will be removed in Sacramento. About another dozen will be removed in San Francisco.
In Southern California, the mail collection boxes will be removed in areas known to attract rallies and protests in downtown Los Angeles, Van Nuys and Huntington Beach.
In Los Angeles, four collection boxes were being removed in the Civic Center area, on 1st and 2nd streets near San Pedro Street.
In Van Nuys, six boxes were being removed in or in the vicinity of its Civic Center, including five on Van Nuys Boulevard. Another box was being removed a couple of blocks north on Van Nuys Boulevard near Haynes Street, where there are a couple of government buildings nearby, including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and a Postal Service office.
In Huntington Beach, three boxes were being removed on Olive Avenue near Main Street, where there is also a Postal Service office.
It wasn’t immediately clear when the collection boxes will be removed and for how long.
Source: Orange County Register