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Understaffed and undermined? Mail clerks picket Eureka post office

By James Faulk The Times-Standard

EUREKA - March 31, 2005 - Clerks waved signs in front of the Eureka Main Post Office on Wednesday, handing out post cards explaining how they felt they were understaffed and how that translated into poorer service for mail customers.

The clerks -- many of whom did not want to be named -- said they do not have enough people working at the Eureka post offices to keep up with the volume of mail they handle. The prestamped cards were addressed to North Coast Congressman Mike Thompson and demanded that something be done to solve the problem. The idea is that people will read the cards, learn of the problem and mail the cards off to their elected representatives.

Post office officials, however, in a written statement, said mail service is good and complaints are few.

The activity outside the main branch on Clark Street on Wednesday was described as an informational picket meant to let customers know what was going on.

The clerks have been working six days and 56 hours a week, said one clerk, and the mail still piles up in hallways and elsewhere waiting to be sorted and delivered.

There are 54 clerks when they need at least 70 to do their job in a timely manner, said another.

In addition, some mail -- particularly third-class "bulk mail" -- is sent to San Francisco for sorting, which can add significant delays to delivery time, the clerk said.

It's not unusual for mail to be several days late in delivery, they said.

"We hope that 'Frisco quits treating this area like the Beverly Hillbillies," said one clerk who's worked at the Eureka post office for several years. "We want to let the public know that it's not us."

The picket was organized by the American Postal Workers Union Local No. 1036. While some staffing assessments performed by management have shown that there are enough workers in the Eureka post office, the picketing clerks said the formulas they use don't fit our area.

The staffing is just too low, said Will Bogdanowicz, the only picketer willing to be identified.

He'd worked all Tuesday night and was scheduled to work Wednesday night as well, but still found time to come out and carry a sign.

"We want to build a partnership with the local community here," he said.

Problem? What problem?

A written statement from Horace Hinshaw, a spokesman for the San Francisco Postal District, said service out of the Eureka area is good.

"We are realigning some of our mail processing procedures as we continue to improve service to our Eureka and surrounding area customers," he said. "Service to our customers is good; we have had no complaints."

The Times-Standard has received numerous complaints over the past several months about alleged delays in the mail system.

"There will be some changes in the way we process our advertising mail, but there is no decline in service," Hinshaw said. "Unfortunately, not everybody is always satisfied with change such as the case of a few employees at the Eureka Post Office."

Online Advertising Leader AzoogleAds Grew More Than 100 Percent in the First Half of 2005, Dramatically Outpacing the Overall Growth of the Industry

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 10, 2005--

AzoogleAds Reports Nearly 46 Billion CPA Impressions and 10 Million Unique Transactions, Underscoring Its Position as Leading CPA Advertising Network

AzoogleAds (, a leader in performance-based online advertising, today announced that during the first two quarters of 2005, the company improved revenue and EBITDA by more than 100 percent as compared to the first half of 2004. In 2004, AzoogleAds' revenues surged to $64 million.

In the first half of 2005, the AzoogleAds Network, which has more than 7,000 websites and publishers, generated approximately 46 billion cost-per-action (CPA) impressions. It generated 461 million unique click-throughs and facilitated almost 10 million transactions or sales from January to June 30th. These metrics illustrate that the AzoogleAds Network is one of the industry's largest CPA networks.

Much of this growth is attributable to AzoogleAd's fraud-proof model in which the company pays publishers only when verified actions are generated. This model enables AzoogleAds to deliver one of the most cost-effective and risk-free advertising tools available to customers such as, Omaha Steaks, Netflix,,, MatchNet, and Ask Jeeves.

"Our focus on maximizing revenue and guaranteeing return on investment for both advertisers and publishers has enabled AzoogleAds to grow into one of the industry's largest CPA ad networks," said Joe Speiser, AzoogleAds co-founder. "That volume and reach, coupled with the quality of leads generated and a performance-based model, deliver a return on advertising dollars unmatched by other providers and other advertising vehicles."

Specializing in all forms of online media, AzoogleAds offers high-impact direct marketing response and fast return on investment through banner network and site-specific advertising, online promotions, data-capture and co-registration programs, campaign management and advertising measurement. A pioneer in the performance-based advertising industry, recent network metrics illustrate that AzoogleAds has the largest network of quality traffic, with network partners reaching billions of impressions monthly.

The online advertising industry continues to grow exponentially, mushrooming to $2.8 billion in first-quarter revenues, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau. And the rate doesn't seem to show signs of slowing. Forrester Research predicts that online advertising will increase by 23 percent, reaching $14.7 billion in 2005, and growing to $26 billion by 2010.

"The rapid growth we've experienced is a good illustration of the industry's trend toward allocating more and more of the ad budget toward new and more measurable forms of advertising that fuel amazing growth," said Alex Zhardanovsky, AzoogleAds co-founder. "The model of the AzoogleAds Network enables us to offer effective solutions for clients and positions us to capitalize on this industry growth and maintain our leadership position."

About AzoogleAds

AzoogleAds, founded in 2000, is a profitable and rapidly growing online advertising network that delivers customers and generates revenues for its customers. A pioneer in the performance-based advertising industry, AzoogleAds now has the largest network of quality traffic. This highly effective network coupled with proprietary technology and unparalleled industry expertise enables the AzoogleAds team to deliver the most comprehensive and cost-effective strategic online marketing campaigns for advertisers of all sizes and across all industries.

For publishers, AzoogleAds provides high-impact campaigns that enable publishers to maximize earnings on their inventory. AzoogleAds customers include, Omaha Steaks, Netflix,,, MatchNet, Ask Jeeves and Intermix, among others. The company is privately held and venture backed by TA Associates and the Stripes Group. For more information, please visit AzoogleAds' website at


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