Franquette Avenue in Concord = The Dumped Couch Capital of Claycord

December 28, 2012 23:33 pm · 39 comments



If you need a couch, look no further than Franquette Avenue in Concord.

Stop littering!

Thanks to Andre for the photos!

Feckin' German Hampster December 29, 2012 at 12:03 AM


co-co-res December 29, 2012 at 3:49 AM

Wouldn’t it be better if co co county just let these people come and dump their couches for free instead of having someone come out, pick up the couches and clean the rest of the crap up. I’m really tired of seeing this stuff too. It is really bad on Evora Road. They could make a ton of money if they put some cameras up there and caught these dumpers. With all the prisoners we have sitting around, our roads should be spotless and in great shape; put those losers to work.

Hauler December 29, 2012 at 6:04 AM

Keep hiring the cheap haulers with no license, insurance or Morals and this is what you get. Look at the side of Willow Pass on the way to HWY 4 I think it is the new dump. I can’t wait for the police to find a letter or bill with a name and address.

Dustin December 29, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Theres also a spot on whitman rd that actually has a sign zip tied to the (canal) overpass fence that says “free,” giving it a somewhat permanent look. Every week something new is dumped.

CoCo old December 29, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Obviously the lower photo is a mobile home. Notice the two shopping carts on either end with the bed in the middle. Nothing but the finest for our Claycord homeless!

ctown December 29, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Looks like a homeless camp

Cracky McGee December 29, 2012 at 8:13 AM

That area is a huge dumping ground. Homeless people live in the bushes and crap is all over the place. I’ve been wondering why Concord hasn’t done anything about the area yet.

Su su sucker December 29, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Do I need to pay the closet meth head or homeless person before taking one?

Cowellian December 29, 2012 at 8:27 AM


Carl Weathers December 29, 2012 at 8:53 AM

That’s a perfectly good couch.

Triple Canopy December 29, 2012 at 9:09 AM

That’s what gives Concord class….. low class.

LanaT December 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM

The City of Concord will not resolve trash problems unless the neighbors in the area report the problem to the right person. There are two different phone numbers in the city of Concord for reporting trash problems:

1. Public Works at 671-3448. They will only remove trash if it’s on public property.

2. Concord Police Code Enforcement Unit (formerly known as Neighborhood Preservation) at 671-3282. If the trash is on private property it’s the owners responsibility. The Code Enforcement Unit will drive by, inspect the trash, find the address of the owner, and notify the owner to have it removed.

In either case, follow up. if you have to leave a message, call back, get the names of anyone you talk to, and ask for projected timelines for when the trash will be removed.

There is a website for reporting abandoned shopping carts at:

slagheap December 29, 2012 at 9:24 AM

looks like a good place for an unobtrusive surveillance camera. gather a few license plate numbers for about 30 days. there are two kinds of dumpers: misdemeanor one time only householders, and ” clean-up & hauling business repeat dumpers ( felony? )

LanaT December 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I would like to see the City of Concord come up with a “Road Map to Neighborhood Preservation”. Concord might be able to streamline the reporting process, which would save time, money, confusion and aggravation.

For example:

Problem: trash on the side of the road.
Solution: Step one: can you tell if the trash is on public or private property? If you aren’t sure, call public works. (they will help you find out–do they do this?). Step two, etc. Step three, etc.


Problem: Abandoned Shopping Cart
Solution: (short and simple).

Clayton Rd commuter December 29, 2012 at 10:17 AM

The apartment building near Clayton Rd. and West St. has a similar problem. At any given time, I have seen couches, beds, tvs, and such sitting at the curb. One time the stuff sat out there at least a month.

TIME December 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Bailey Road is another bad area between Concord and Pittsburg! It’s sometimes nice driving over the hill and seeing some green hills and great scenery. It’s to bad someone has to dump garbage on the side of the road almost every night!

DUHHH3x DUI December 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM


inmotion December 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM

‘Buying’ day laborers?

@duhhh3xdui December 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Hey thier are hard workers on monument also trying to feed families. not all are bad workers. Don’t speak on what you don’t know.

Even if you find a Letter or Bill.... December 29, 2012 at 1:56 PM

with a name or address, Police can’t do anything, they have to actually witness the dumping. I went through this when I lived on Morgan Territory Road. I mailed the PG&E bill back to the Maggot along with a nasty note……I wished later that I had boxed it up with a couple of pounds of horse manure.

AnonyMrs. December 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

I grew up in Concord and I really miss my neighbors and neighborhood, but I’m so glad I left Concord. Almost the whole town is turning into such a run down dump. I don’t know what the city is spending its money on, but it certainly is not any kind of preservation or beautification.

The Richards Family December 29, 2012 at 3:32 PM

AnonyMrs,Your kidding right? Concord is a great town, My sister says the same thing about Walnut Creek.

Connie Dobbs December 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM

#14 Or down by the creek…

crazytech58 December 29, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I drive that street every day, and there people living in cars, old motorhomes, and homeless in the bushes…… more homeless down the end of road near PG&E work yard…… a big mess, and nobody cares.

Jay December 29, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I can’t see it from my post in P.Hill so who cares…. J/K

Bottom line when you have a secluded and light traveled area or road, low lifes of all ethnicities will be dumping their crap.

Contra Costa County should open a few jobs up for a preservation labor position and have two man crews drive around the county picking up and hauling all the big crap away.

Of course our tax paying dollars would be better spent giving the administration staff raises, than actual jobs that can improve the surroundings around CCC.

ed December 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Now it all started two Thanksgivings ago, was on – two years ago on
Thanksgiving, when my friend and I went up to visit Alice at the
restaurant, but Alice doesn’t live in the restaurant, she lives in the
church nearby the restaurant, in the bell-tower, with her husband Ray and
Fasha the dog. And livin’ in the bell tower like that, they got a lot of
room downstairs where the pews used to be in. Havin’ all that room,
seein’ as how they took out all the pews, they decided that they didn’t
have to take out their garbage for a long time.

We got up there, we found all the garbage in there, and we decided it’d be
a friendly gesture for us to take the garbage down to the city dump. So
we took the half a ton of garbage, put it in the back of a red VW
microbus, took shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed
on toward the city dump.

Well we got there and there was a big sign and a chain across across the
dump saying, “Closed on Thanksgiving.” And we had never heard of a dump
closed on Thanksgiving before, and with tears in our eyes we drove off
into the sunset looking for another place to put the garbage.

We didn’t find one. Until we came to a side road, and off the side of the
side road there was another fifteen foot cliff and at the bottom of the
cliff there was another pile of garbage. And we decided that one big pile
is better than two little piles, and rather than bring that one up we
decided to throw our’s down.

That’s what we did, and drove back to the church, had a thanksgiving
dinner that couldn’t be beat, went to sleep and didn’t get up until the
next morning, when we got a phone call from officer Obie. He said, “Kid,
we found your name on an envelope at the bottom of a half a ton of
garbage, and just wanted to know if you had any information about it.” And
I said, “Yes, sir, Officer Obie, I cannot tell a lie, I put that envelope
under that garbage.” arlo guthrie

kiarfy December 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

seems like you went through a lot of trouble to get rid of garbage, ed.

Scruffles the Dog December 29, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Crappy mattresses & carpet rolls on Industrial Way & Pike Ln.

@The Richards Family #23 December 29, 2012 at 7:14 PM

You. Are. Kidding. Right?????
Comparing Concord to Walnut Creek?????
Thanks for the laugh tonight!!!
Clearly there is NO comparison. NONE.
I agree with #22 … Concord is turning in to a run down pithole.
Embarrassed to even acknowledge I live in this dump!

KenInConcord December 29, 2012 at 7:34 PM

This angers me! Selfish-selfish-selfish!!!

Why can’t people just take a few extra minutes out of their day and drive them to the top of Baliey Road like everyone else!

zenferatu December 29, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Hey ed,

You must be an old hippy! groovy! here’s a cool video of Arlo Guthrie performing Alice’s Restauranr along with clips from the movie of the same name. He’s performing in the church from the movie 40 years later.

Ed might sound like he talks in riddles but he makes perfect sense. Sometimes 😉

Mandatory Suicide December 29, 2012 at 8:41 PM

When there is a will, there is a way.

I got rid of a junky 80s sofa by putting it in my weekly trash service. Of course it took about eight weeks because I chopped it up into many, many, many pieces.

Al Dompe December 29, 2012 at 8:49 PM

I am in no way condoning illegal dumping, but has anybody noticed how expensive it is nowadays to take a load to the dump? I’m not surprised that some people can’t or won’t pay that much. Why do you think so many people try to give their dirty, stinky couches away on craigslist?

SanDee December 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM

It is not expensive to get rid of your old couch, love-seat or chair.
Concord disposal got rid of mine. Cheap!
$25.00 for couch
$15.00 for love seat
$5.00 for chair.
There really is no reason to resort to dumping on the road side.

EPA December 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM

#13- What the Hauling Business and Repeat Dumpers also do is scrap metal removal. The Monument Corridor is littered with these trucks. Frequently they can be seen driving with poorly secured loads and possibly not the correct use of the vehicle. What is also disturbing is that these haulers will also recycle appliances but release refrigerant into the atmosphere without properly reclaiming it. It boggles me because the ref. is actually worth reclaiming, being that most appliances are old, using ref. that is being phased out. I am a licensed HVAC tech, and I can’t go to work and just cut lines. It is a $30,000 fine per each incident. Yet these bozos can circumvent the law and work on that big ol’ hole in the ozone layer, without a care in the world.

ConcordMike December 30, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Apparently the distance to the dump is another issue.
The land across the street from these couches is an old easement for the widening of HWY 242 or a bike path. Take that land and make it a public “transfer” station, but don’t charge an arm and a leg for it either. Perhaps the homeless could run it while being supervised by someone from Public Works. A Community effort to solve a community problem. Church groups could get involved as well.

ConcordMike December 30, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I’ve lived in both Walnut Creek and Concord and I prefer Concord. Too many snobby nosed stuck up people in Walnut Creek. I had to laugh when they said Walnut Creek is the Rodeo Drive of Northern California.
The Concord I live is nice and quiet with no crime.

Al Dompe December 31, 2012 at 6:29 AM

@SanDee #35

It’s a sad sign of the times that you think $25 to dump a couch is “cheap”. Or maybe you’re one of those one percenters. But to some of us, $25 is a lot of money.

smc626 January 1, 2013 at 11:49 PM

@Brian, had to laugh at your idea… can you just imagine? A map for the dumpers and for those of us looking to update our decor!

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