Reps. Adam Schiff and Jimmy Gomez sent a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s inspector in charge for the Los Angeles Division to call for a full investigation into two incidents of unopened mail being “improperly discarded in a parking lot and alleyway in Glendale.”
Surveillance footage captured a person in a Budget rental vehicle dumping multiple bags of unopened mail in the parking lot of 7Q Spa Laser & Aesthetics, at 1648 W. Glenoaks Blvd., on Sept. 3, according to CNN.
The Western Regional Coordinator for the American Postal Workers Union told CNN U.S. Postal Service workers were not involved in dumping unopened mail and the person in the video was a contractor.
The incident was reported to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Glendale Police Department and is under investigation, but Schiff, D-Burbank, and Gomez, D-Los Angeles, urged the Postal Service to conduct a full investigation and to keep Congress updated on its progress.
“We respectfully request that Congress be kept appropriately apprised as the investigation continues, including whether these were isolated incidents or part of a broader issue,” they said in the letter to Patricia Armstrong, the inspector in charge for the Los Angeles Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
“This matter is of grave importance, as it comes at a time when there are still questions and concerns about the Postal Service and accessibility for residents and business owners, as a direct result of deliberate policy changes to the service from the president of the United States and his Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy,” Schiff and Gomez wrote.
“Millions of Americans rely on the postal service every day — we’ve heard from veterans and seniors waiting weeks to receive medication, small businesses who are losing money due to package delays, and of course, millions of citizens who are concerned that their mail-in ballots won’t be counted.”