From the above, it appears the Post Office still intends to send a letter clarifying their jurisdiction and regulations AND that they may be considering allowing lockable individual boxes under certain conditions. Nevertheless, ICHA and the HRB encourage residents to exercise caution and patience. Consider waiting for the formal letter from the Post Office before acting on the information in the e-mail above.
It is important to note that the solution the Post Office has pointed to will not be possible for the majority of homes generally bounded by California Ave, Gabrielino Drive, Los Trancos Drive, and East Peltason Drive, since most mailbox locations are behind the sidewalk and on private lots. Thus, the box could not be placed within 6” of the curb as specified in the Post Office e-mail above.
Additionally, the Ground Sublease and
still apply, so any mailbox change needs to be approved by the HRB for aesthetics, location, and coordination with your neighbors.
ICHA and the HRB will continue to encourage the Post Office to respond in writing, as they promised.
Though not a solution for everyone, here are some additional steps to consider to protect your mail and reduce the risk of identity theft:
- Report all thefts (including those that have happened in the recent past) to UCI Police Department and the Post Office.
- Consider a security camera at your home (doorbell camera, exterior camera, etc.).
- Have valuable mail and packages delivered to another secure location (PO Box, office, Amazon Locker location, etc.)
We are committed to advocating for the community on this issue and will continue to keep you posted as new information is available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Irvine Campus Housing Authority
Homeowner Representative Board