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Will downtown San Francisco post office be renamed in Dianne Feinstein’s honor?

Dianne Feinstein
A bust of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein stands outside the Mayor’s Office at San Francisco City Hall. | Source: Jason Henry for The Standard

U.S. Sens. Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler of California are introducing a bill in Congress to rename a San Francisco post office after the late senator and former city mayor Dianne Feinstein.

According to the text of a proposed bill, the "Dianne Feinstein Post Office" would be located at 180 Steuart St. on the ground level of the Rincon Center, off of the Embarcadero, with a view overlooking the Bay Bridge.

During her term as San Francisco mayor, Feinstein helped oversee the Rincon Center's development. The Rincon Annex served as San Francisco's largest postal sorting and distribution center for several decades.

The annex still boasts a series of murals depicting city history and is listed as a city designated landmark, as well as with the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

"Senator Feinstein was a towering figure not just in modern California politics, but in the history of our state and our nation," Sen. Padilla said in a statement Tuesday.

"Just as she had a keen ability to bridge divides and connect with people from all walks of life, our local post offices symbolize the importance of keeping Americans connected. It is only fitting that we celebrate her memory by dedicating an institution essential to a functioning and fair democracy in her name."

Sen. Butler echoed Padilla's tribute in her support for the bill as well.

"I stand on the shoulder of giants like Senator Feinstein who as the first woman Senator for California, served her country with grace and fortitude," Sen. Butler said in the statement. "Renaming the 180 Steuart Street post office in her honor is just one of the many ways we can celebrate her remarkable legacy of service."

Following Feinstein's September 2023 death, Padilla and his colleagues unanimously passed a resolution to honor her life and legacy, adjourning the Senate to allow members to travel to her funeral services out of respect for her memory.

That resolution recognized Feinstein as the state's longest-serving senator and the nation's longest-serving female senator.