An update on the proposed closing of the Social Security
office in the Western Addition.
PRESS RELEASE: House Minority Leader Opposes Social
Security Office Closure
Howard Egerman, AFGE
House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of
San Francisco announced her concern about the proposed closure on April 30, 2005
of the Social Security office's Western Addition facility in a letter to Social
Security Regional Commissioner Pete Spencer on March 11th.
"I am writing to convey the depth of community opposition
to the proposed closing of the Social Security Administration's Western Addition
office located on Fillmore Street on April 30, 2005," Congresswoman Pelosi
She noted that her office has received more than 200 calls
from elderly and disabled beneficiaries, their caregivers, and family members
who are currently served by the Western Addition office and who "will experience
enormous hardship by its closure."
"They (the callers) are concerned about convenience and
safety, and dispute claims by SSA that traffic and staffing levels at the
Western Addition office necessitate its closure."
Minority Leader Pelosi explained that her district staff
met with the former San Francisco Social Security District Manager John Hanley
and the current acting manager Lillian Fagan in April 2004 about the use of
Social Security resources in the new federal building in the city. "During this
meeting and in subsequent conversations, there was no indication that SSA was
seriously considering the consolidation of the Western Addition and Market
Street offices before the opening of the new federal building."
The Congresswoman has asked for a meeting for more
information on the matter.
Howard Egerman, the union representative for the office
from Local 3l72 of the American Federation of Government employees (AFL-CIO),
which is fighting the closure, has said that he thanks the Congresswoman for her
support and is working with other community leaders to ensure that the office
“Following the Watts riot in the mid l960's Social
Security, like many other agencies, made a commitment to providing public
service and facilities in communities where people live.
“The Western Addition is an area that our members are proud
to serve and hope to continue to serve. We will do whatever we can to encourage
Social Security officials to reconsider their decision. We urge members of the
community to call SSA Regional Commissioner Pete Spencer at 5l0-970-8400 or
write him at Social Security, Box 4200, Richmond, CA 94804. Our Union is proud
to represent the needs of our members and the community we are honored to
On March 15, at the urging of District 5 supervisor Ross
Mirkarimi, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted a “Resolution urging
the Social Security Administration to refrain from closing the Western Addition
Social Security Office.”