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Changes announced for Redding mail processing center

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REDDING, Calif. - Plans are changing at the USPS Mail Processing Center in Redding after postal officials announced they made a mistake.

Gus Ruiz, a spokesperson with USPS, announced last week that mail originating in Redding will be processed in Sacramento starting July 11, but he said the date was never supposed to change.

"We made a mistake, plain and simple," Ruiz stated.

Ruiz said Redding's mail processing center was accidentally included in changes to two other centers in Eureka and Petaluma.

"We inadvertently lumped in Redding along with it and we shouldn't have, it should have stayed with the April 18 date all along," Ruiz explained.

Starting April 18, all mail going from a Redding address to another Redding address will be processed in Sacramento. Then, the mail will come back to Redding for delivery. Ruiz said the change may add an extra day, at most, to delivery times.

People using the processing center on Thursday expressed concerned over the change.

"I think if you are going to mail something within the local area it should stay in the local area," said Redding resident Joelle Gentry.

Ruiz said the change has to happen for economic reasons. He said the change only affects four percent of all mail originating in Redding, the other 96 percent of mail is destined for outside the city.

"I think that's a little ridiculous and a little bit of a waste of resources, time and money," Gentry stated.

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