I must say it is not often that I find a great example of how to run a local government in Berkeley, but today is one of those days. The example bears directly on our own Post Office's future as we have followed here. The SF Comicle is reporting on a US Congressional vote
Berkeley's hopes of keeping its century-old post office off the auction block have gotten a boost in Congress, where a bipartisan House bill urges the Postal Service to refrain from selling historic buildings, including Berkeley's, while the U.S. inspector general investigates whether the agency is violating preservation laws.
Now one might think why does Congress have to have a vote to tell a federal agency to follow the law, but that appears to be the state of things these days. The more interesting part is the Berkeley council's perspective
Now the House is weighing in with language that calls on the Postal Service to "suspend the sale of any historic post office" while the Inspector General looks into the agency's compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act.
Hope springs eternal that the sun is not setting on our own historical gem.