Lake Balboa is still “Van Nuys” to US Postal Service.


 

The US Postal Service is quite unaware of Lake Balboa, that residential neighborhood just west of the 405, which is named after a mucky duck pond inside Woodley Park.

Lake Balboa used to be West Van Nuys, until 2007, when the LA City Council officially approved the renaming of this flat, grid-patterned district of postage stamp size beige and off-beige houses…….. far, far, far away……… from discordant and dismal downtown Van Nuys.

Anyway, the US Postal Service is getting ready to open a new branch inside the Ko-rean Greenland Market at 17643 Sherman Way at Balboa.  Parcel post, stamps, express mail and kimchi will now be offered.  A long held dream of Lake Balboa residents, the opportunity to conveniently ship a box of 24 Asian Pears to Mexico, is now a reality.

Here is the official government announcement:

New Postal Location Open in Van Nuys

Grand opening celebration on September 8 at 12 p.m.

VAN NUYS, CA — The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is making it easier for Van Nuys residents and businesses to take care of mailing and shipping needs with a new Contract Postal Unit (CPU) now open inside Greenland Market, 17643 Sherman Way, in Van Nuys.  This convenient location provides full-value service six days a week: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A CPU offers postage stamps and Postal Service products and services at the same price one would pay at a regular U.S. Post Office. There is never an additional service fee at a CPU.

A community grand opening celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Thursday, Sept. 8, at 12 p.m., with refreshments served until 3 p.m. The local community is invited to stop by and see their new USPS mailing and shipping location. Customers can ship Express Mail and Priority Mail packages, purchase Insurance and Delivery Confirmation, mail Certified letters with Return Receipts, and, of course, buy the latest stamps and drop off mail ― almost anything that can be done at a Post Office can be done at a CPU, and for the same low price.

The Postal Service is expanding convenient access to postal products and services when and where our customers want them. Many local grocery stores, pharmacies, bank ATMs and office supply stores sell postage stamps — the top transaction at Post Offices. Customers only need to visit the Postal Service’s new website, uspseverywhere.com, and enter a ZIP Code to find all USPS and Approved Postal Provider locations on an interactive map.

7 thoughts on “Lake Balboa is still “Van Nuys” to US Postal Service.

  1. The USPS considers Lake Balboa part of Van Nuys because the first three digits are 914. I worked at the post office and anything that begins with 914 is considered Van Nuys. The last two digits simply refer to a particular part of Van Nuys (much to the chagrin of those whose ZIP codes end in 03 and 23). Similarly, a ZIP code that begins with 916 denotes North Hollywood and the last two digits (such as 04) indicate the mail is intended for the Studio City branch of North Hollywood. The City of Los Angeles and its residents can make up as many unique, silly, exclusive neighborhood names as they wish, whether it be Valley Village, Sherman Oaks, Valley Glen, Sherman Village, Studio City, West Toluca Lake, Lake Balboa or whatever but the USPS is not bound by those changes nor do they care about the changes. All of those “communities” listed are either Van Nuys or North Hollywood.

    1. Rob-
      Thank you. Your reply, as a person who has experience with USPO, is the most factual and the most authoritative on this subject.

      Your comment, “The City of Los Angeles and its residents can make up as many unique, silly, exclusive neighborhood names as they wish whether it be Valley Village, Sherman Oaks, Valley Glen, Sherman Village, Studio City, West Toluca Lake, Lake Balboa or whatever but the USPS is not bound by those changes nor do they care about the changes. All of those “communities” listed are either Van Nuys or North Hollywood.” also comports with the my frustration at the renaming and erasing of history by disguising with fake names those real places with real history (and real problems).

      We are all really living in the same communities we always have regardless of what we call them.

      1. Andrew, I couldn’t agree with you more. People seem to think that if they rename their little area “Valley Glen” instead of of Van Nuys, it magically becomes a lovely glen. If only that were true. Rather than using all the time to petition for name changes to communities, if the same number of hours were spent cleaning up the streets and sidewalks and painting here and there, it really would become a lovely glen. By the way, the initials “USPO” haven’t existed since the early 1970s when the United States Post Office (USPO) which was funded by the government, became the United States Postal Service (USPS) which had to raise all of the money by selling stamps, parcels, money orders and so forth with no funding from the government.

  2. The USPS is perfectly well aware of Lake Balboa. If you go to their “Find All Cities in a ZIP Code” page at http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/citytown_zip.jsp and enter “91406”, you’ll find that Lake Balboa is listed as an “Acceptable City name in 91406”.

    So if you live in Lake Balboa, you can put “Lake Balboa, CA 91406” on your mail, and the USPS won’t even blink.

  3. I’ll call an 800 number for assistance with something or other, give my zip code and they’ll insist I live in Sepulveda. The name was changed to North Hills almost 20 years ago.

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