Maybe the third time will be the charm.
In a letter dated Monday, Aug. 29, to Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Meng urged that her bill to create a different ZIP code for Glendale be included in any postal-related legislation that the panel may pass by the end of 2016 — which is when the current Congressional session ends.
Meng’s bill, titled H.R. 657, would require the United States Postal Service (USPS) to designate a single, unique ZIP code for Glendale. Currently, Glendale shares its 11385 ZIP code with Ridgewood.
In her letter, Meng notes the difficulties faced by many Glendale residents when it comes to receiving their mail including reports of slow mail service, despite Glendale having its own post office; mail being returned to the sender due to Glendale not always being recognized as a neighborhood with its own ZIP code; service providers often having trouble finding homes in Glendale; and Glendale not showing up on GPS devices, causing confusion about where addresses are located in the neighborhood.
“Glendale deserves its own ZIP code and it’s time for the Postal Service to provide the community with one,” Meng said. “Creating a ZIP code for Glendale is critical to the neighborhood’s identity, efficient mail service in the community, and locating area addresses on GPS devices. I respectfully call on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee to act on my legislation.”
Meng originally introduced her bill in 2014, and again in 2015. The legislature is currently pending before the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has jurisdiction over the USPS.