40-year-old Man Found Dead at Homeless Camp on Concord/Pleasant Hill Border

February 21, 2013 17:04 pm · 99 comments

A 40-year-old unidentified man has been found dead at a homeless encampment on Concord Avenue near Highway 680, according to Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Spokesman Jimmy Lee.

The man’s body was recovered at about 10pm on Wednesday night. An autopsy will be performed on Friday to determine the cause of death.

This is the same homeless camp where 47-year-old Jerald Nagle was murdered on December 5th of 2012.

Kimchee February 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Oh, how sad. I think we will be hearing a lot more of these types of stories.

Howard K. Mullins III February 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

40 Years old, far too young. Barely half way through life.

Rest in peace.

Anonymous February 21, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Ah, yes. The homeless lifestyle claims another victim. This guy chose his fate.

Anon February 21, 2013 at 5:30 PM

There is so much violence now in our community. 🙁

Rob February 21, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Anonymous February 21, 2013 at 5:28 PM
Ah, yes. The homeless lifestyle claims another victim. This guy chose his fate.


So tell us about man – you must know his background and the choices he made.

Vindex February 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Get rid of this homeless camp. If anything happens to my family, and I find out it is somehow attached to the people who live in this camp, I will sue concord and PH for so much money they will have to declare bankruptcy.
Do your jobs city officials and clean up this mess.

Lisa February 21, 2013 at 5:47 PM

comment #3 – You think this man chose his fate? At anytime to anyone of us life can change in an instant. Even if he “chose” to be homeless I highly doubt that he chose to die. You are an arrogant snob and one day life just might teach you a lesson by turning your world upside down.

The Real McCoy February 21, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Good. One less lazy bum to waste MY TAX DOLLARS.

ctown February 21, 2013 at 5:50 PM

“Camp” should not be associated with the homeless. It somehow takes away from the beauty and fun of the word and its meaning. It should be called Homeless gathering or circle of drugs, or whatever just not camp.

Swanky February 21, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Nearly all homeless are, or become, mentally ill. They don’t “choose” that lifestyle, the drugs or the suicide. Their brain chemistry is broken. They lack the capacity to choose anything the way a stable person does.

Saying a homeless person chose to be mentally ill is ridiculously ignorant of the causes. And, therein lies the problem – too many ignorant people blaming sick people for being sick. Metal illness is genetic and environmental. That means they got it from their parents, or living around people like you. That man is someone’s son. Maybe someone’s brother, or even someone’s dad. And now he’s simply gone.

RIP Homeless Dude

Don't get it! February 21, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Just as with Mitch, somewhere this
persons family will grieve and mourn
the loss of a family member. I only hope
they won’t have to read these heartless,
comments from persons I may have as
a neighbor.

@Real McCoy February 21, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Please, I hope you don’t have Children.
It’s attitudes like that , that give us the
Children we have today.
And you use the tag ” The Real McCoy”
Elijah Mc Coy invented the continuous
oiler mechanism, a free Black man,His
device was so good, they wouldn’t us
any other than the ” Real McCoy”
he went on to fame. I suggest you use
“The Real Mc Butthead ” instead !

Darwin February 21, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I think they meant to say BUM EMCAMPMENT!!!
@Swanky, if the BUMS are mentally ill it is because of years of alcohol and substance abuse. I am sure that this idividual has had many chances in drug rehab on the county dime (prop 36/FADS courts). I am very familiar with the population at the shelters and it takes alot of effort of burning bridges with friends and relatives to get to the BUM stage. Oh Yeah, and not utilizing the tools they gave you in treatment.

Lastly, they are not forgotten victims, they have had many chances to turn their life around on our dime. Homeless people take advantage of the services and get back on their feet, not choose to live under a bridge to steal and pan handle to do drugs all day…

Food for thought..Just saying know the difference.

9 deuce daisy February 21, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Some of the people who comment on Claycord seem like disgusting, hateful human beings, who are obviously “perfect” in every way, and have never had to suffer a moment of bad time. It frightens me to think these people breed.

Duck February 21, 2013 at 6:39 PM

See if he had a CCW he could have protected himself and other homeless loved ones !
Come on NRA fan say it !
The county needs to give the homeless people guns not meals, with guns they could hunt for food and protect their CAMP !

Just the Opposite February 21, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Show some compassion. The dead cannot defend themselves. He may have had mental issues, who knows. Couldn’t hold a job, did burn contacts with everyone in the family, these homeless turn to the only place left: the streets.

They often lack everything that makes someone a winner, the good athlete from a nice home, who went to a good school, and who had good grades. Made friends easily….was popular and successful at their job or business.

Just the Opposite. This guy may have been none of those “successful” traits, had issues, mental problems, certainly a substance abuse problem. Couldn’t hold a job, who wants to hire a doper?

So, did any of YOU actually do anything about this cancer in our society. It is not new, there have been bums for centuries. Where do they go? Who helps them? Who pays for it? Is it their fault? Does our society encourage drinking, smoking? Many people develop addictions. Some hide it, others cannot. Don’t judge from your keyboard. Nothing will change unless …..
(the end of that sentence is really up to you).

@darwin February 21, 2013 at 6:48 PM

How do you come up with this crap?
Do you have a direct line to the other
Morons that continue to spew this
drivel? Makes me sad you live!

Just Sayn February 21, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Tax money for Mental Health has
gone down constantly since regan
slashed funding. What you currently
are enjoying is the result of that trend.
Your tax money has gone to send our
Soldiers to fight a trumped up War!
Now that is something “You”should
be proud of, oh wait, stats. say of these
returning Vets, several thousand are,
and will become Homless.
I hope one pees in your cereal!

It's 'Meme' is that you Ma? February 21, 2013 at 7:01 PM

More power to the fringe folks…

Claycord bissy bee’s!



GK February 21, 2013 at 7:03 PM

When is the Concord City Counsel going to get off their a$$es and outlaw homelessness? This is absurd!

Big Al February 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Round up all the homeless and put them in shelters, If they are not claimed in 2 weeks, put them to sleep, works with animals.

Whaaaat? February 21, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Obviously Darwin knows nothing of
genetics, I’m sure his Genetic
Predisposition , Stupidity , is an inherited
trait as well.

Dennis February 21, 2013 at 7:11 PM

@Lisa, Swanky, 9 Deuce daisy

if you care so much, put them in your own home and care for them.

These bums have spent a lifetime of making bad choices, and leeching off the people around them, whining they are victims of society, rather than victims of their own making. Keep your fantasy of the perfect person ‘forced’ into homeless circumstances if you want, but note you are as likely to find unicorns in those encampments.

Stop making excuses for them. Stop blaming us for their poor choices. And stop demanding that we take care of every social misfit or sociopath that chooses to flip us off and shout obscenities at us for not throwing money at them.

There are thousands of needy people who are deserving of our time and effort and help, and these bums aren’t among them.

Terri February 21, 2013 at 7:22 PM

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” – Søren Kierkegaard

Brandon Lerda February 21, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Info for “Darwin”, “Real McCoy” etc.
I had a old school friend, won’t mention his name here in front of jackals, but he would fit your desciption of BUM, etc. He didn’t live in a homeless camp, but had a terrible alcohol problem. If it wasn’t for having his parents house (after they passed away), he would have been in a similar encampment. He was found dead there.
What led to his problem and death was two events. As a younger man, he was in love with a wonderful young woman. He had been a very shy guy around the girls in school. This was the love of his life. She died of cancer.
The other event was his mother’s death. After that, he went downhill. I’d take him to Martinez and he’d get sober, but it wouldn’t last long.
So before you make an ass out of yourself with ignorant, arrogant comments, know there are circumstances in a person’s life that can be devastating and send a good person into a downward spiral that they just can’t get out of.

Atticus Thraxx February 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM

The logical conclusion to draw is hardcore, chronic homelessness and the activities that either caused it or resulted from it, impacts your lifespan.

concord99 February 21, 2013 at 7:38 PM

@#15 DucK:

“See if he had a CCW he could have protected himself and other homeless loved ones !”

Actually, you are allowed to have a gun in your home…so if the homeless encampment was his home, he is allowed to have a gun there, no CCW needed.

Also, to those complaining about using the work “camp”, it means to set up a temporary abode”, si it is properly used here.

And…isn’t this the same place where a guy was attacked last year in Concord on the interstate as he was pulled over?

Wow February 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

I tried three different responses to
Your post. This is the one I chose,
“Damn it must suck to be you”

Whaaaat? February 21, 2013 at 7:49 PM

and all the Gypsies too. And let’s see,
who else…
Look out folks! It could be you next…
Ah haaaaahaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaha!
( insert sinister laugh here )

Pleasant Jenny February 21, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Mayor, can you post mug shots of these people? We’ve had one haunting us with his alcohol and mental problems on Blum Rd just up the road from there. I knew he was at his end. He scares my workers talking to his imaginary friend. Being on the border of PH, Pacheco and Martinez BS I pray for all of the bums I see every day. But I do NOT give them a dime for their habits.

SanDee February 21, 2013 at 8:04 PM

He was a human being before he was homeless.
How many 60 year old homeless people do you see walking the streets, that are 60 years in age, not looks?
It is a very hard, brutal life out there. We do not feel all that safe behind our locked doors, so I can’t imagine what it must be like to be totally exposed to the elements, the cruelty of others who beat them up and feel entitled too because they think they are beneath them.

Was wondering–Reading the current crimes that have been committed recently. How many of the armed robberies, home invasions, theft of TV’s, car thefts, identity thefts were the done by the homeless?
Haven’t seen any (?) that report the suspect as a well known homeless person from the area.

SanDee February 21, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Re: The homeless urinating in public.
A solution would be putting in port-a-potty’s. It would solve the public display and at least give them some measure of dignity.
Cheaper and more sanitary then cleaning up human waste off the sidewalk.
Because where else can they go to use the bathroom? The gas stations, restaurants will not let them use their facility’s.

Darwin February 21, 2013 at 8:09 PM

#17 & 22
I’m not going to even respond with a mean spirited comment. You two need to quit making excuses for the BUMS, really!

#17 You know deep down my drivel is correct and accurate. And if you can’t see the truth you are full of crap!!! ENABLER

#22 Genetic predisposition is the excuse they give you in treatment to tell you your substance abuse is a disease. I say BULL SH*T. Cancer is a disease, amoungst many other’s not the self inflicted substance abuse. And your right, apparantly stupidity is an inherited trait that runs deep in you family.

You two are why California is becoming a sancuary for the criminal. No accountability…

Darwin February 21, 2013 at 8:12 PM

#23 You are a brilliant person. I 100% agree with your post. Well written!!!

Put them on a train... February 21, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Big Al February 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Round up all the homeless and put them in shelters, If they are not claimed in 2 weeks, put them to sleep, works with animals.

Wow Big Al!

GK February 21, 2013 at 7:03 PM

When is the Concord City Counsel going to get off their a$$es and outlaw homelessness? This is absurd!

A lot of what the “homeless does” is illegal. Drugs, drinking, trespassing. The Concord City Council has no authority. They are camping on state property. Forget something? They may be homeless, but they are still citizens with every right you have.

Dennis February 21, 2013 at 7:11 PM
Stop making excuses for them. Stop blaming us for their poor choices. And stop demanding that we take care of every social misfit or sociopath that chooses to flip us off and shout obscenities at us for not throwing money at them.
There are thousands of needy people who are deserving of our time and effort and help, and these bums aren’t among them.

Ja, runden sie. Er arbeitete mit den Juden. Lets runden die Obdachlosen, steckte sie in den Lagern. Befreien Sie sich von dem Problem.

DLarouche February 21, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Nuke the site from orbit– it’s the only way to be sure.

Frank C. February 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Regan and Thatcher both died of mental disease.

How wonderful. May they enjoy each other in hell.

No Name February 21, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Wow. Lots of barfy comments on both sides.

I am not a fan of the collateral effects of homelessness or in favor of legitimizing such a thing as a “lifestyle” by providing a bill of rights.

Nonetheless, a close personal friend of mine went from owing an art gallery on Wilshire Boulevard to living on the streets and eventually dying at a young age, over the course of a few years, because of the complex problems that can lead to such an end – this particular guy wasn’t a bum, druggie, or criminal.

Some are creeps, some are addicts, some are mentally ill. Homelessness isn’t an OK “lifestyle” but I have to remind myself that there are real people behind the shabby faces that you see as you pass by.

anon February 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM

“Ah, yes. The homeless lifestyle claims another victim. This guy chose his fate.”

“So tell us about man – you must know his background and the choices he made.”

Like it takes a Mensa member to figure it out…. where is his family?? They gave up decades ago…ask any cop what type of people these guys are.

deb February 21, 2013 at 9:47 PM

for those of you who think you kinow whats what about mental illness. heres some think to ponder on…for you cant become mentaly ill due to addiction,in most cases there are already sighn of it there but using drugs can make it full blown second some addicts use because 1. they have never been treated 2.missinfromed on the mental illness didnt not recieve the right meds. so miss me with they did to many drugs or choose this life style

Jenn February 21, 2013 at 9:56 PM

It’s a shame these people choose this life

Sparkerdoo February 21, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Some of you post on here and think you’re big smart know-it-alls; with your big fancy statements and $5.00 words, and yet you don’t know anything about the subject.
My 25 year old son had a job for a few years that he excelled at. He made good money and had a nice place to call home. The bad part about it, he didn’t live in a neighborhood, but in a house in a beautiful part of Nevada in a gated area where there weren’t a lot of neighbors. His job was mostly phone calls, which was nice since he would some days get snowed in and stills aged to work from home. However, after two years of this seclusion, he began to not feel right… NO DRUGS, NO ALCOHOL …. He quit his job, and began to slowly bring his stuff home….. Then we realized something horrible was going on…. Now he had no money, a car in need of work done on it, and no place to go…. So he came home. He has been hospitalized with bi-polar, paranoia, schitzo, but thinks he doesn’t need medication.
He has destroyed our lives here, me and my husband, and I now on Anti depressants…. ALL because of his being secluded for that length of time. He has a chemical imbalance, and can’t get himself to get a job.
Our son has an illness and in one second we could kick him out and he too can live amongst the homeless, because he is…..
Our son is lucky. He has us; we’ve given him a ahelter, food and health benefits…. Most of all he has a place to call HOME and no matter how many rages he has, or things he has broken here, we would NEVER EVER think of kicking him out and having him living on the streets because of people like yourselves. You ALL should be ashamed of yourselves. You are careless humans and would NEVER know that you were sitting next to my beautiful son, who for the most part is HOMELESS or one step away from it.
So what would happen if we weren’t here for him? Do you think that the homeless people have the same situation but choose to sleep in the cold?
Like I said above… My son is one of the fortunate ones, (and we don’t really want him here) but DO NOT blame their illness on Drugs and Alcohol. Yes a large percentage of these homeless folks in concord have had chemical addictions, however, my son is NO DIFFERENT then any of them…. He too has an illness, just NO DRUGS, and definitely NO ALCOHOL.

Always Right February 21, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Dennis and Darwin are right.

Time to save these people from themselves. Tough love is needed. No more handouts. No more crazy checks. No more tolerance of outdoor camping,panhandling, public intoxication, etc.

This man would be alive today if the Concord Police Department and other local Police agencies did their jobs and cleaned out these camps.

Connie Dobbs February 21, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Pat Brown’s administration passed the legislation that emptied the mental hospitals. Sorry you got evicted, Frank.

Stu February 21, 2013 at 11:00 PM

@ #37

Thatcher isn’t dead.

Connie Dobbs February 21, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Ow. Bummer yet again, Frank.
You do have an excuse for spouting gibberish, at least.

a mothers heart February 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Sparkerdoo, well said, and God bless. I have a friend in the same boat. Caring for a son in his 30s with major mental illness. The very nature of the disease makes it very difficult to keep these people on meds. Many self medicate which only adds to their problems but they don’t have the capacity to understand, or the inner strength required to quit. All of you judging, shame on you. Yes, I am frustrated with the situation too, but not everyone is perfect, except of course, you. Imagine for a moment if the homeless had downs syndrome…would you be making these cruel comments? Mental illness is a disease and a disability, and many many of these addicts suffer. In memory of Mitch, I gave his friend a care packet, New socks, tee shirt, some food and yes some cash. He thanked me when I said I was sorry a out Mitch. I hesitated, but then said ” I just want you to know that people care about you guys”…as I drove away, I saw he was crying. They are human and it is a sad society that has such hatred….by the way, all those saying to clean it up, where would they go? Lastly, I work retail very near there. We have theft on a daily basis, it is never the homeless…..

Em Dubya February 21, 2013 at 11:36 PM

#42, yes. I had a similar experience. My buddy lived one block from ground zero on 9/11. He saw it all in person and then worked the rubble heap as a volunteer – this seems like the event that precipitated his decline. He passed and then that passing added to the woes that caused my little brother’s suicide.

I can’t share the personal details here, but, as much as homeless are annoying – there are many who have a story much deeper than being a bum. I don’t know anything except that this story of my own reminds me that I sometimes forget that not everybody behind the shabby face is a “bum”.

Travis Bickle February 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Who’s Regan?

Lois February 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Wow. The lack of empathy in some people is truly heartbreaking. No concern for a fellow human being? Really? Sad.

Travis Bickle February 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM
YOURDADDYDEVILANDLORD February 22, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Ship them into the woods, and let, er, make them grow weed, be camping bums, and allow only weed to be used amongst them. Use the profits to fund the operation/mild prison and the rest can go to the state. Oh, and legalize weed. BOOM. Vote for me!!

Joe February 22, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Where are the Christian churches? Mentally ill homeless are just the people in need that Jesus commands the faithful to help. Instead of “giving all to the poor”, we have churches and scores of individual Christians more worried about how big of a fancy building they could build, or wallowing in material greed, than following the command of their personal savior.

Greg February 22, 2013 at 12:39 AM

I used to be homeless. Drank to much,did drugs got strung out. Went to rehab learned about myself and what it takes to stay sober. Got a job now and a place to live. I pay my rent and my bills. All because of a choice to change my life. I thank God for that choice and for His choosing me. I’m sorry but most of these people do choose to live like that.

Sorry . . .#42 February 22, 2013 at 1:12 AM

. . You are an enabler and get what you deserve . . your son will bring you down and shorten your life . . WAKE UP . . .unbelievable (shaking head)

WhereIsYourCompassion? February 22, 2013 at 5:32 AM

A man is dead, from what? We arent sure yet, but all of this bickering and fighting isnt solving anything. opinions are being thrown around without any
Thought… homeless or not, he was still a human, a living person… show some respect.

Long Time Reader February 22, 2013 at 5:51 AM

@ Branden Lerda # 25

Again, he chose to drink. It was HIS choice. I have lost a son and do not drink. There are support groups for this kind of loss. He did not have to become a drunk. It was his choice.

DoReMi February 22, 2013 at 6:22 AM

Well. Have we had anough yet? The ACLU fought and won to keep these people at large and look what they have become.

Between the murders, pollution and deaths… where are the concerned liberals on this subject. Why are we letting them roam at will. Clearl they are a danger to themselves, others and the environment.

Why are aren’t our liberal leaders opening up their several homes to them? Pelosi? Boxer? Feinstein? Miller? HReid? AlGore? Anyone? Mr. President, where are you?

On no they have more important things to do like take rights from honest hardworking citizens.

anon February 22, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Connie, while Pat Brown did make cuts (probably not enough in many areas since there was a deficit), it was really the Reagan Administration that completely gutted the mental health services in CA. Jan. 1967 – Reagan proposes a 10% across-the-board cut. There are both needed cuts and unnecessary, unpopular ones, such as cuts in the mental health system and for the University of California. My parents still remember the change in the SF streets around this time – the mental ill homeless population just exploded. At first it was hard to see because they blended with the all the left over Summer of Love folks – but it was soon evident these people should not have been kicked out of the mental wards.

Palermo February 22, 2013 at 7:06 AM

For those of you who like to hand out money to these guys standing on the corner, maybe your cash gave him the ability to buy the drink/drug that killed him. After working in the Tenderloin for decades I came to realize that we are NOT all one paycheck away from turning into these guys. They had a lifetime of making the wrong choices and alienating any family or friend that was happy to help them, in the beginning. In SF many I knew were given free apartments and they still chose to spend most of their time out on the corner cause that’s where the “action” was. Yes some are mentally ill, but sadly the laws were changed so you can’t force anybody into treatment, so we are left with what happens today. The super libs want everybody to have all their freedom (who are WE to say who is crazy and who isn’t), and so we can’t force them to sleep indoors, take meds that might change their lives. So they die in the streets.

Vindex February 22, 2013 at 7:11 AM

I feel horrible for this man and his family, yet the cities mentioned in this article have done nothing about this camp. I have seen this place daily but lack the authority to do anything about it. They are partly at fault for this mans death

The Mamba February 22, 2013 at 7:20 AM

A disproportionate amount of people on the streets are vets that volunteered to fight for their country and then were cast out with no safety net, so I’d hold your tongue when you are talking about something you don’t have all the facts on. Also, is anyone else struck by the fact that we may have someone killing homeless people?

Just sayn February 22, 2013 at 7:39 AM

@anon , Also note Mr..reagan,
Opened the door to the looting
of social security and he destroyed
the Savings and loan institutions
That were the strongest banks at
that time. The problems of today
Have roots that go back a ways.
As for today, Republican or Democrat,
There is no difference, their will be

Anonamomma February 22, 2013 at 8:01 AM

@42 and 56 compassion and agreement. @55 and some of the rest of you, I sure wouldn’t want to share a lifeboat with you. Shaking my head, who peed in your cornflakes today?

Whaaaat? February 22, 2013 at 8:10 AM

@Darwin, bulls eye,bully talk is the
sign of a lack of character . Lets see
how you feel when you’re 401k gets
looted, or you become ill and are forced
to sell all you have gained in life. Or
your wife realizes what a putz you are
and dumps you after 30 years.
We cannot help everyone of these
people, but we are definitely not
doing enough !
And Darwin might make reference to
Natural selection, that’s the rub, it’s not
the strongest that survive, it’s the most
willing to adapt, the smartest!

anon21 February 22, 2013 at 8:29 AM

some of you people (except for Sparkerdoo) know nothing about what some of these homeless people have to go through. all you fools listen to morons like tom cruise (who i would not mind punching like 10000 times in his pretty little face) who preach about all this scientology crap and completely refuse any possiblity that some people have chemical imbalances in their system. (not from drugs, not from alcohol, just from genetics) and need therapy. i lived with a brother who had problems with manic depression, anger issues, and needed to be placed on meds to supress his emotions. and like a previous post, he too was very good in academics until he just became secluded in his own little world. it was scary as a family for us to witness his change, from a happy sucessful child to a depressed individual. science cannot explain these conditions. only therapy and compassion can – so the best course of action for us as a society to try and get these homeless individuals the treatment and help they need. if my taxes have to be raised to take care of this social problem – so be it. i am not an arrogant selfish coward like the rest of you fools.

New word February 22, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Sequestered = Sccrewed! Again
Take away their war money and they
get mad, think this is bad? Wait until
this deal gets done.

anon21 February 22, 2013 at 8:38 AM

@Sorry . . .#42 February 22, 2013 at 1:12 AM
. . You are an enabler and get what you deserve . . your son will bring you down and shorten your life . . WAKE UP . . .unbelievable (shaking head)

and you sir, are an arrogant selfish coward who probably has never has encountered the problems as post #42 did in his/her life. why don’t you wake up and go to the doctor…to see if he can actually find signs of a heart in that body of yours….your lack of compassion is what contributes to the homeless problem. congratulations.

What Security February 22, 2013 at 8:41 AM

making fun of people who are not as “Smart as you” or less fortunate is shameful. Just be thankful you were not born with the same mental or health issues those people who live on the streets have.

Go back to your bubble.

Someone died.. show a little respect. He will be in my prayers.

Casper February 22, 2013 at 8:52 AM

One thing about death……… sooner or later we all gotta do it. This one was a “sooner”.

mike mac February 22, 2013 at 9:11 AM

We need a law to prevent homeless camps. By doing so, the law will prevent deaths in “homeless camps.” I am sure there is a politician who will take up the cause. Prevent death, outlaw homeless camps.

@Casper February 22, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Yep-no way around that.

Anonymous February 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM

It’s time to issue hunting licenses to cull the herd of the injured and sick homeless. It’s more humane than letting them die of overpopulation.

Apollo Idol Prudence February 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM

“REGAN” Didn’t lower pay outs for mentally ill. Governor Ronald “Reagan” was governor during the time the Cal state Legistature passed the Lanterman Act which changed a lot of policies regarding care for mentally ill. I can’t believe I am responding to this. Margaret Thatcher is still alive. What more stuff can we make up?

Yes, there are choices. Regardless, mental illness is a terrible monster, and so often comes with homelessness. There are many programs for the homeless. That is why there was the homeless count last month, to ensure funding fr the programs that aid them, the programs that many people state homeless should go but state that they are over funded.

yesterday i saw a lady, diabetic, with high blood sugar, saying her diabetic medication was $700 so she wasn’t going to get it; so, co-morbidities of diabetes came into swing. Quickly diverted her to a social worker who could help get her diabetic medication onto an affordable level. Call it socialism now, or preventative for inflated costs of crazier issues to come.

What Security February 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

How very Nazi of you….But then if only the strong will survive you’d actually loose because your IQ is far below the standard of mongolism

Sparkerdoo February 22, 2013 at 10:50 AM

To: sorry…..
Okay, so if I keep him off the streets and out of your lives, I am considered an “An Enabler”, and if I don’t enable him, he would be out roaming the streets…..
Hmmmmm, I am confused… What do you suggest I do with my son who is going through a bad time in his life? Keep him hidden from all of you shallow minded people, or kick him out…..

I don’t see taking care of my child sick or healthy as “getting what I deserve” he is MY CHILD….. I took care of him when he was sick as a child, I still live him just as much, and will continue taking care of my child….
I feel sorry for your kids, IF you ever had any…. Because CLEARLY, once they turned or turn a certain age and perhaps some day have a disease, they will NOT be able to be taken care of by you…. Because you’ve made it clear that doing so, is NOT taking care of your lived one, but instead you’d be ENABLING YOUR Bum of a child!
The word ENABLE, ENABLER… A BIG word that everybody now uses! Can’t find any other word to use in your Pea sized brain?

Whaaaat? February 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Sugar coat it any way you like it,
Ronny’s policies were nothing but
cash grabs by the already rich. The
harm he did echos today.
So I will say this,
“He ain’t heavy, he’s my Brother”

Anonymous February 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

They aren’t all like you think they are.


Dear Mr. Mayor, I almost wish you wouldn’t post when things like this happen. It always draws the most evil, hateful people. It makes me at unease to know I share a world, let alone my own community and neighborhood with people who can be so callous and just hateful. What must their lives be like to attack someone who has lost all senses of what a real life was or could be?

While I understand the frustrations at a broken system and the fear they have that “bad” people might do “bad” things and they could be a victim, it’s still no excuse to be so irrational.

I work with a lot of different groups and agencies to assist the homeless. It should be noted that almost 50% of our homeless population if not more are Veterans of our armed forces.

What do all of you patriotic, loving American’s think about that? What about the children of these homeless families, are they useless as well? Should your city council sweep them away like useless pieces of trash as well because they are a product of their environment. I’m not referring to teenagers here, I’m referring to the infants and toddlers born into situations where their parents are struggling living out of their van, just trying to get through each day.

You only see the pan handlers. You only see the one’s that are addicted and mentally ill that happen to cross your paths. You don’t see the veteran at the VA or Shelter Inc trying to do what’s right. You don’t see the mother washing in the gas station bathroom to get ready for her part time job at Walmart just to make enough to feed her kids, but not enough to make a rent payment.

There is more to the homeless community that mental patients and drug addicts. While of course, they make up the majority, there is more to them as well than meets the eye.

I know I sound like a liberal tree hugger, I assure you I’m not. I’m probably what you would consider socially liberal, financially conservative with bits of green party, libertarianism and whatever othe groups you could lable me as.

I just am one human being, that does my best to help other, make a difference in my community and try to look at both sides of the coin.

Most of us are just “one emergency room visit” away from the possibility of homelessness or aid from a government agency. Don’t judge until you’ve had a chance to walk in those shoes and seen for yourself how easy it is to spiral downhill and lose control.

Starfish February 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

too true casper….too true

mika February 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Wish local police would break up these camps as soon as they spring up. PH finally got the camps @ Gregory Lane exit cleaned up, hope the police help run these people off when they start creeping back.

Apollo Idol Prudence February 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Where’s the sugar coat?

judaspriest February 22, 2013 at 2:52 PM

I am a combat vet and recovering addict and one of the lucky ones that now brings his message to the rooms of N.A. please show this cat some respect.. people regardless of your position of homelessness, mental illness or otherwise he is gone send some positive thoughts to the survivors that tried their best for our fallen brother.

jtkatec February 22, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Unfortunately, we who post do not have our ages revealed.

I firmly believe many of the hateful comments spewed here are from people who have not lived long enough to obtain a little wisdom.

Once you have experienced life, and it’s many ups and downs, you do learn that ignorant and hateful comments can sometimes be directed back at you.

@jkatec February 22, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Actually I thought most of the posts on this sight were from old people who have nothing better to do that spill their misery on others.

Palermo February 22, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Not to keep this arguing going, but veterans are not always thrown out without a net as somebody stated. My husband worked for the VA for 30 years and I worked for them for 10. The help may not be all you might desire, but there certainly is some help; medical, housing loans, counselling, school loans etc. My husband is a veteran himself so I definitely appreciate those that fought to keep us safe. I think some of these so called “veterans” are really veterans of the drug wars and were never in the military.

DoReMi February 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM

@ #74: It is a pet response to blame Reagan for tossing druggers and alcoholics out into the street. If a Liberal ever looks at this truthfully, the house of cards on which all other beliefs are based, shall fall…and they shall have to stare at decades of dedicated stupidity.

” Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (party affiliations: R-D-D). Passed by the California Legislature, of which Jesse Unruh (D) was the Speaker, in 1967; signed by Gov. Reagan that same year. Took initial effect in 1969 and full effect in 1972. Narrowed the scope of what were considered to be confinable mental illnesses, established escalating judicial review requirements for various levels of involuntary detentions: 72 hours, 14 days, 30 days, 1 year, and indefinite. The net effect is to require that people are shown to be a threat to themselves or others before they can be institutionalized. [3]

Also in the mid-1960s, the ACLU started filing suit against hospitalizing people for indefinite periods of time, finding support among the judicial system. ”

Crystyl Meth February 22, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Has the poor fellow been ID’ed yet?

CatWoman February 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM

This poor guy-he’s still anon.

Lisa February 23, 2013 at 11:29 PM

I can’t believe some of the heartless people on here with their “Know it all” comments. I guess that means you are perfect and have made no mistakes. That you have never had to lean on anyone for support or shelter or help in any way. You’ve never suffered depression either. And I also assume that you have never felt stranded because all of you have, no doubt, your own car. And how does one get help even if they want it with no phone to make an appointment or transportation to get there? You heartless people truly make me sick. Wait until life throws you a curve ball. I commend those on here who were honest enough to say that the loved ones they are taking care of ….. that you would rather not have them in your home. But you have found it in your heart to take care of them anyways….God Bless You. The rest of you apparently don’t have any compassion for anyone and are so sure you will never need help.

DoReMi February 24, 2013 at 7:59 AM

Dear Lisa: I commend your compassion. However I must comment. Cronic abusers are not the always the angels you are making them out to be. I have watched a family torn apart because of drug/alcohol abuse. I have also seen the supposed person with a ‘disease’ get miraculouly cured when imprisioned for two years. Once out, the person miraculously acquired the disease again.

Some people cannot handle freedom. Some might even say drug/alcohol abuse is a character flaw.

concerned February 26, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Any need on a name

walnutcreek(non-yuppie type) February 27, 2013 at 9:31 AM

most of the idiots who are posting here are people who have never had life turn on them for the worst. there are a substantial number of homeless individuals who were once working or middle class citizen like anyone writing here today. they just happend to lose their jobs, home and had nowhere to go. others are recovering addicts who are need of help…so unless you trolls have a background in psychology- STFU!!! show some damn respect for those who are less fortunate than yourself, instead of being some arrogant yuppie-ish clayton/walnut creek/pleasant hill types.

To post # 3: get a life, loser you dont know this guy so F-OFF!!!!

To post #6: hey genius how do we just “get rid” of the homeless crap??? by shipping them off on some imaginery spaceship and sending them to some imaginery like tatooine, in a galaxy far, far away??? grow up loser.

To post #8: you are probably the worst of the yuppies in clayton. sitting there, snubbing your nose at the homeless people while you drive off in your pathetic gas-guzzling SUV with your spoiled selfish children who will one day turn out to be as bad as you. how about we just tax aholes like you for driving around in those overpriced SUVs and then use that extra money to build more shelters for the homeless? now go back to trolling, loser.

walnutcreek(non-yuppie type) February 27, 2013 at 9:46 AM

@Anonymous February 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM
It’s time to issue hunting licenses to cull the herd of the injured and sick homeless. It’s more humane than letting them die of overpopulation.

Perhaps we should start by giving those hunting licenses to the homeless “sick and injured” so they can use it on people like you??
then they will at least have a nice comfortable place to stay for the rest of their lives. loser, loser….loser!!!!

anon21 February 27, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Someone once asked me how life is like living in Clayton.

My response:

lt is like being surrounding by a bunch of over-grown snotty kids who never grew up. There lives are predicated on acquiring little toys like SUVs, nice houses for their trophy wives, and sending their undeserving spoiled-bastard children to good schools. Most of them have problems performing in the bedroom, so they take their internal frustrations out on others. Then, they all congregrate together on this site called “claycord” where they all pretend to be tough and cool by judging other people’s lives. Since most of them can’t stand Obama they complain for hours about how money is being wasted on social programs for those living in poverty – even though none of them truly understand what poverty looks like. Because after all, they can afford to send their snottly little bastard children to the best schools, where those kids will turn out to be as horrible as they are, right?

But hey at least the weather is nice here.

Cowellian February 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM

walnutcreek(non-yuppie type) is a classic enabler.

commoncents February 27, 2013 at 11:36 AM

the same guys that post the heartless drivel on here continue on the Politics blog also. @28 – many say that all the time over there….

walnutcreek(non-yuppie type) February 27, 2013 at 2:21 PM

and i suggest some of you think twice before reproducing…yet again (sigh)

Travis Bickle February 27, 2013 at 7:32 PM


“Because after all, they can afford to send their snottly little bastard children to the best schools…”

Yes, and we can afford it because we sit on our asses all day and complain about people who work hard for what they have. Then we complain that those people won’t take care of us while we spend our time playing video games and using recreational drugs.

Grow up and take responsibility for your life, you whiny waste of flesh.

Willowpass lady February 28, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Life is lived for a reason .maybe to show the lack of compashon and the loss of love the people of this world have today ..there is times some find so hard that hurt so much it makes it hard to overcome .and truth be told care less selfish people without compassion are usuly the reason. …. .com. love more .PLEASE. Live in pain ……rest in peace

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