EASTVALE: Young city seeks its own ZIP code
For years the city has shared ZIP codes with Corona and Jurupa Valley, but a new bill would change that.
/ STAFF WRITER
More than five years of lobbying by Eastvale officials to get the fledgling city its own ZIP code may finally be paying off.
But it may take an act of Congress to accomplish the goal. Literally.
Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, announced this week that he has introduced legislation that would require the U.S. Postal Service to establish a ZIP code for Eastvale.
“I continue to hear from Eastvale residents and business owners who are frustrated by the fact that the city does not have its own, unique ZIP code,” Calvert said in a statement. “It shouldn’t take an act of Congress for an incorporated city of Eastvale’s size to get its own ZIP code – but if it does, then I’m happy to lead that charge.”
The bill, HR4634, focuses only on that goal, Jason Gagnon, Calvert’s communications director, wrote in an email Wednesday, March 2, to Eastvale City Manager Michele Nissen.
Nissen said that when she saw Gagnon’s email, “I did a happy dance.”
“This has been an ongoing request since shortly after incorporation,” Nissen said, adding that one of the first letters sent after Eastvale’s Oct. 1, 2010, incorporation was to Calvert on the ZIP code issue. “There have been multiple letters and meetings since then,” she said.
Since before cityhood, much of Eastvale shared the 92880 ZIP code with Corona. The eastern edge of the city, bounded by Hamner Avenue and I-15, lies in the 91752 ZIP code that originally was assigned to Mira Loma and then to Jurupa Valley when Mira Loma was absorbed in Jurupa Valley’s 2011 incorporation.
Eastvale Mayor Ike Bootsma said sharing ZIP codes with two cities causes confusion.
“As it stands now, people think we’re part of Corona or Mira Loma,” Bootsma said. “There are even people who live in Eastvale who think we’re part of Corona or Mira Loma.”
It also has caused confusion in how sales tax is apportioned, Bootsma said.
“Having our own ZIP code gives an identity to the city,” Bootsma said.
Gagnon said Calvert’s office has contacted the U.S. Postal Service several times on behalf of Eastvale but has been told that financial considerations play into establishing a new ZIP code.
“The fiscal challenges at the Postal Service seem to dissuade them from taking any action to address Eastvale’s ZIP code issue,” Gagnon said.
2011 REQUEST DENIED
Eastvale requested a ZIP code change in April 2011 that was denied, U.S. Postal Service spokesman Richard Maher said.
An analysis determined that carriers who delivered in Eastvale’s 91752 ZIP code would have to be moved to Corona, which would cost money.
There were also concerns that customers in the 91752 ZIP code would have to travel 11 miles farther to the Corona post office to pick up packages or mail that is held.
That same year, the Postal Service agreed to consider a ZIP code change requested by Diamond Bar officials.
But during a customer survey – which is a part of the process – 51 percent of Diamond Bar residents said they opposed the change, Maher said. Customers said they did not want the hassle of reprinting forms, letterheads, business cards, address labels and checks, he said.
“Residents did not want to do it,” Maher said.
The young city of Eastvale has two ZIP codes it shares with other cities, but wants its own.
92880: Shared with Corona
91752: Shared with Jurupa Valley (previously Mira Loma)