RELEASE: Feinstein Joins Fight to Save Social Security Office
Senator Dianne Feinstein has joined her colleague Barbara Boxer,
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Assembly member Leland Yee, and the San
Francisco Board of Supervisors in calling for the Social Security
Administration to reconsider its decision to close the Social Security
Administration's office at l405 Fillmore Street on April 30.
extremely concerned about the proposal to close the Western Addition
office on Fillmore Street in San Francisco," the senator and former city
mayor wrote. "This office serves 2,000 seniors a month, most of whom are
Chinese, Russian, and Spanish speaking. In addition, this community is one
of San Francisco's most underserved communities with seniors who rely on
offices to be accessible to address their needs. Closing this office would
jeopardize their ability to attain much needed services," she said.
senator indicated that she recognizes the agency's concerns for resources
and personnel, she said that "in the short term, I believe the offices
should remain in areas close to those who need services most."
"It is my
hope you will re-assess your analysis," she added. The senator pointed out
that 5 years ago the Social Security Administration closed the Bay View
Hunter's Point office, which made it "difficult for underserved residents
to receive appropriate attention and assistance."
Egerman, the union rep for the American Federation of Government Employees
(AFL-CIO) Local 3l72 which represents the employees in the Western
Addition office thanked the senator for her action.
honored that someone such as Dianne Feinstein, who has worked for San
Francisco's residents for over 30 years, has joined our effort," he said.
is concerned that Social Security wants to close this office on April 30th
and, while moving the employees and forcing the public to use the downtown
office on Market Street, will continue to pay rent on the Fillmore Street
facility through December. Instead of being used to serve the public and
take applications from disabled and elderly residents who have mobility
problems, the office will be used to house file cabinets.
that the public deserves better and encourage everyone who cares about
Social Security to join our senators and congresswoman and contact Social
Regional Commissioner Pete Spencer at Box 4200, Richmond Ca. 9480l or call
at 5l0-970-8400 and ask that he reconsider his decision. Our employees
want to serve the public. The public wants to be served and we hope that
Senator Feinstein's and Senator Boxer's wishes to keep this office open
will be heeded."