The Claycord Couch Graveyard Remains on Franquette Avenue in Concord

January 15, 2013 11:05 am · 38 comments

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We first showed you the couch graveyard of Claycord on December 28th (with the same couches & shopping carts pictured above).

Over two weeks later, the same couches are still in the same spot on Franquette Avenue, and they’ve even made a few new friends we like to call bags of trash!

It’s insane how disgusting the human race can be at times.

Thanks to Garrett for the pictures, which were taken on Monday.

Parsnip January 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM

That one behind Smart & Final (Pleasant Hill) is still there too.

z4u2c January 15, 2013 at 11:28 AM

You might want to check your vision, what I see are two different couches, two different location on THE SAME STREET, and I believe bushes don’t grow that fast. January 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM

@z4u2c, huh? These are two different couches, yes, but they are the same ones that I posted about on the 28th of December.


Schmee January 15, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Ill contribute $10 to a uhaul rental and dump run.

Julio-Antioch January 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM

We have several on going couch graveyards and piles of garbage in Antioch.

You are right, humans are disgusting sometimes. We clean up the ones around our house and call on the others sometimes to no avail.

Digger (Not in Concord anymore) January 15, 2013 at 11:45 AM

It’s not about how disgusting the human race is, it is how disgusting concord apartment dwelling trash is.

Woody January 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM

When a mattress was dumped by my house I was told they could not pick it up because it was on someones property. Simply moved it to the street and called back, it was gone by the end of the day.

Sad January 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Wish people would have more respect for our planet. And our town

jtkatec January 15, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Okay, I think I recognize the couch in the second picture. If it’s leather and a sofabed, it’s my ex-husband’s.

Verify the above and I will provide his address so someone can go tell him to pick up his mess.

Disgust January 15, 2013 at 12:05 PM

all of that disgusting trash.

Retired Cop January 15, 2013 at 12:08 PM

“Wish people would have more respect for our planet. And our town”

You are kidding …right ? You have no clue what goes on out there

Kirkwood January 15, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Late last Friday night a mattress was dumped on my street. I knew that the City would not call out the 24/7 standby worker for that so I called the Concord corporation yard Monday morning, and the mattress was gone within half an hour.

@Parsnip January 15, 2013 at 12:19 PM

You’re right.
I’d like to add. That area around the Gregory Lane exit alongside and behind Smart ‘n Final is always a mess.

anonanonagain January 15, 2013 at 12:24 PM

People can be pathetic. People that do this type of thing and don’t bat an eyelid because they already have many other problems going on as well. Criminals, abusers, alcoholics, too poor to care etc. etc. No excuse for this but if they could give a damn about themselves, they sure as heel won’t give a damn about their surroundings and the planet…….

anonanonagain January 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM

I meant hell…..

Jim January 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Welcome to Ricmond!

Triple Canopy January 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM

That’s YOUR community showing how much it cares about YOUR community and YOUR quality of life.

Call these people. There are supposed to be working for YOU, right?:

Valerie Barone, Interim City Manager
(925) 671-3150

Kay Winer, Interim Assistant City Manager
(925) 671-3150

SanDee January 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM

@Triple Canopy
You supplied a solution, thank you for posting the names and numbers.

Mimi (original) January 15, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Maybe the city/county could just move these sofas under the overpasses around town so that the homeless have somewhere better to sleep than the hard, cold ground?

J. January 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Don’t bother the City Manager. Here is Protocol:

Contact Us

To make a complaint:
24-hour: (925) 671-3282

Neighborhood Services:
(925) 671-3075

Business hours
Mon-Fri 8 AM – 5 PM

SpankyFortuna January 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

If you have a pickup and a friend, YOU should take this trash to the dump. Don’t wait for someone else to remove it. We’re all in this together.

BCuzItzClaycord..... January 15, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Call code enforcement for the City. Curt does great follow-up getting issues like this taken care of.

Captain Hyperbole January 15, 2013 at 1:32 PM

“It’s insane how disgusting the human race can be at times”

That’s a bit of an overreaction for a couple of couches and trash left on the side of the road. Jeez…

Sacto Rob January 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

This is the “broken window” theory of urban decay in action. Leave a window broken in a building and within a few days more windows will be broken out, followed by grafitti, trash dumping, break-ins, etc. The decay spreads rapidly once it sets in. Before long, an entire neighborhood is permanently blighted.
This is what happens when overly-generous pension plans for retired public employees start consuming money that should be available for current employees and the services they should be providing. Even being the highest taxed state in the country, we’ll just keep falling farther behind. Fiscal mismanagement isn’t just numbers on a page. It has real world consequences.

Trevbo January 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Thanks J.

@Sacto Rob January 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Give me a break. You’re seriously going to blame dumped garbage, and vandalism on public employee pensions instead of the pieces of crap who are actually responsible? You’ve got to be kidding.

Mr. John January 15, 2013 at 1:46 PM

@24 Captain Hyperbole:

Whether the idea that this type of behavior is insanely disgusting or not is a matter of perspective. Personally, I want to live in a world where this is considered to be insanely disgusting.

If you want to live in a world where everything looks nice and well maintained, all it takes is a little work from a lot of us to make it happen. If people pulled their heads out of their anatomy and made a little difference every day, we’d have a much nicer city.

Carl Weathers January 15, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Hey, hey now. Wait just a minute, those couches still have a lot of life left in them.

hair girl January 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Looks like a great place for a vacation. Do they take reservations

Mary January 15, 2013 at 2:41 PM

All it needs is a used Coffee Table and a broken TV Set to make a complete living room set. After that could be a bedroom set placed next to that =)

Jim January 15, 2013 at 2:50 PM

@ Sacto Rob…that explains the whole Monument Blvd area…It started at Virginia Lane in the late 80’s and now it’s spread to the whole area over there…and now it’s started to over through Down town and on Clayton Road…not sure I buy the fiscal mismanagement but we learned about this theory in college…it goes the other way also…If you start to clean-up one part it spreads and eventually the “core” that created it breaks down and moves away….look at what’s heppeneing to downtown Pittsburg…Maybe Concord could take some ques and start on Detroit Ave…a man can dream right?

Gouging January 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Could problem be solved if dump rates were not astronomical?

Anonymous January 15, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I’ve called these numbers before and I was told that “due to staffing cuts, we will only respond if the situation is deemed a public health hazard, not just an eyesore.”

I’m a teacher and when class size reduction was done away with, my class went from 20 kids to 34 kids. Can I do half the work because I have almost twice as many kids?!

Thanks for doing your job, Concord Neighborhood Preservation!!

Bunny January 15, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Sacto Bob: What B.S. Taking working peoples pensions has nothing to do with blight. Get off it! You just don’t want to pay taxes! Greedy Republican so- and -so.

Triple Canopy January 15, 2013 at 6:53 PM


I find that contacting the executives of any company or local government with your requests/issues is that they are addressed in a more timely fashion. Contacting them puts the issues on THEIR radar and they are COMPELLED to follow up as a matter of professional management (Obama is excluded from this approach cuz he’s a plain a-hole about addressing the core issues).

Here is their contact information again:

Valerie Barone, Interim City Manager
(925) 671-3150

Kay Winer, Interim Assistant City Manager
(925) 671-3150

Oink January 15, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Hmmmmmm…. I’ve got an old toilet I need to get rid of.

LMS January 15, 2013 at 9:15 PM

As far as how disgusting the human race can be we live in Concord (not the worst neighborbood but not the best either) and have found where a tweaker and/or homeless person has hid around the corner and defecated on the side of our home. People are sick!

Vinnie January 16, 2013 at 7:47 AM

Hey Mayor,

The Administration is trying to promote this Saturday as a national day of service. Regardless of which side of the political fence one resides on, this sounds like a good idea to me, so why not act? I checked the web site (, however, and there isn’t anything in the concord/clayton area. How about posting an event for cleanup of the area? I have a POS truck that I use for home projects that certainly wouldn’t get any stinkier, and I’d volunteer my time if another person or two could lend a hand, help get a list of places that need to be cleaned up, and get the dump process organized and fees waived for the cleanup.

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