Concord Woman Wants John Muir Hospital Named After Concord Native Tom Hanks

April 1, 2013 10:40 am · 153 comments

A Concord woman will speak in front of the John Muir Board of Directors in mid-April with a proposal to change the name of John Muir Hospital in Concord to “Tom Hanks Hospital at John Muir Concord Campus“.

The woman, Joy Wills, tells she decided to present the proposal because “Not many people know Tom Hanks was born in Concord, and this would be a great way to honor such a hometown legend, who has done so much for our community“.

Hanks was born in Concord on July 9, 1956, but spent much of his childhood growing up in Pleasant Hill. Hanks has never said many good words about Concord, and to our knowledge, has never even been back since he was born here over 50 years ago.

We’ll keep you updated and let you know what happens at the meeting in April.

Are you for or against John Muir Concord Campus being changed to Tom Hanks Hospital at John Muir Concord Campus?

anonymous April 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Sounds like someone should tell Tom Hanks to get a restraining order from this loon.

Don't Censor Me Bro April 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM

What has Hanks, done for his country…nay, the city of Concord?

Niq April 1, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Craaaack-pot. Good luck with that sister. Way to waste tax payers money.

Sharon Wickstrom April 1, 2013 at 10:45 AM

I’m against it, John Muir is the name of the hospital, and it should stay that name. This is just silly, and a waste of time.

Ren Jen Jen April 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Good actor but what has he done for our community?

Donations???? April 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Until John Muir sees a huge check from Mr. Hanks, that’s a big fat NO

LindaSue April 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM

EVERYBODY in the Bay Area knows that Tom Hanks was born in Concord. Leave the hospital alone……it’s fine, honoring John Muir and his magnificent work. We can find another way, another time, to brag about Tom Hanks………………..

Tom Hanks Fan who Lives in Concord April 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM

i think it be a Great Idea .. i knew he grow up in bay area .. but didnt know it was Concord .. i hope they name it Tom Hanks Hospital in stead of John Muir … also if know who Julie Strain who is an actress .. FYI she was from concord as well she want to Clayton Valley High School … i believe her parents live in concord or Antioch i think … .. there a few actors who were born in bay area too

J. April 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM

I guess it’s better than Bubba Gumps.

russ April 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Unbelievable the causes that people take up, and the stupidity of them.

Martizian April 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Seriously, what a wackadoo!! Tom Hanks has done more than John Muir? This has to be an April Fools joke.

Robert Taylor April 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

He was born in Concord? Where? No hospitals in Concord at that time!

Antler April 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

John Muir Medical Center, CONCORD Campus, is well and appropriately named at the present time.

(Is Ms Wills per chance mentally related to the man who wants to rename Mount Diablo?)

The Dude April 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Crawl back under your rock Joy

Larrabee April 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

“…who has done so much for our community“.

Would one example be too much to ask?

It is refreshing to note, that for once the subject of the name change is someone other than a self-aggrandizing politician.

foonman April 1, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Big waste of time……and money……John Muir is an excellent name. Leave it alone…………………

R April 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

@Tom Hanks Fan who Lives in Concord. LOL I was trying to think of something to say to you but I am stumped. I couldn’t think of a way to say it without being mean.

nytemuvr April 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

“Stupid is as stupid does…..”

Dragon April 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Does he have any relation to the hospital, any connection to it at all? If not, then I really see no reason to name it after him.

Maybe a park or something similarly community-minded, if it’s something that he wants. But, honestly, unless this has been run by him and he’s given his approval to it, I’m not sure why it’s open for debate at all.

Emily April 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM

And while we’re at it, how about the William O. Parsley Trauma Center.

me myself and i April 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM

this lady needs to get a life John Muir has always been John muir. Tom Hanks has not done anything for the hospital or anything for this county so just leave it . what a whack job

jtkatec April 1, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Maybe we can rename Mt. Diablo instead.

Parsnip April 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Please … Who is this Joy Wills? The possible distant cousin of Arthur Mijares who wanted Mt. Diablo renamed to Mt. Reagan?

Tom Hanks’ stint in Concord was pretty short lived. Why rename a hospital after him? Create a fan club for him instead — or try to rename an auto dealership or pet food store… Starbucks! Go after them. The Tom Hanks’ Starbucks.

Native Californian April 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

I’ve lived in California for 47 years…. In Claycird for twenty years. Who is Tom Hanks?

ANNON April 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Does anyone know who John Muir was? Well maybe if they did some research they would know more about why it is called John Muir and why it should be left alone. Seems ridiculous to me to change name to Tom Hanks Hospital. People come up with the strangest/stupidist ideas!

I'm The Urban Spaceman April 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

I think the Hospital is already honoring a local pioneer…John Muir did more for the people of Martinez/Contra Costa/California/United States, than Tom Hanks ever has or will.
What a waste of the board’s time.
I suggest she attend a few Crackpot’s Anonymous Meetings.

anon April 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

A much better name would be the Blake Anderson Hospital for Workaholics. Makes way more sense.

Jenny April 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Tom Hanks was born at Mt. Diablo Hospital AKA John Muir Hospital Mount Diablo Concord Campus.

Dee April 1, 2013 at 11:14 AM

The answer to the question if renaming the hospital to Tom Hanks is a big fat NO!!

Chester E. Kitty April 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

WHAT??? What has Tom Hanks done for our community? Very stupid idea!

Concord74 April 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Like alot of other celebrities, eg Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, etc., that seem to become anti-American, Tom Hanks is no different. In as much as some poster deride City of Concord (and CLAYCORD, in general), Concord is still our city and there should be enough pride to keep this crap out of here!
Hasn’t this area been slapped in the face enough with the likes of Miller, DeSaulnier and Bonilla??

AJ Buttacavoli April 1, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Frankly, I think a nice sounding name would be The Augustine Buttacavoli Medical Facility at the John Muir Hospital Campus.

almondgirl April 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

@Robert Taylor
There was a hospital in Concord going back to 1941.
My mother in law and uncle were both born there.
It was a small white building and it was located where the parking lot for Mt.Diablo Hospital is now.

Parsnip April 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Actually I’m surprised that she’s not trying for The Forrest Gump Trauma Center.

almondgirl April 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Mt. Diablo Medical Center was born in 1930 when a young registered nurse opened Concord’s first small (six-bed) hospital at the urging of the town’s first doctor.

JD April 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM

I’ve lived in the Claycord area for over 13 years now. This is the first I’ve heard of Tom Hanks being from Concord or Pleasant Hill and I think of myself as pretty community-aware. I’m a fan of Tom Hanks, but if he hasn’t done anything for the community, he isn’t deserving of something named after him. I would imagine that he would probably feel uncomfortable about it, too.

CatWhiskers April 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

We could name the hospital the Huch Back of Claycord or Hunchback–or something that is supposed to make Concord grandiose–but the shame of Tom never doing anything for Concord makes it a definite must that we leave the name at John.

Shenanigans April 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Really? There are far more deserving Concord born natives that actually have a history of their contributions to this city. Do your homework lady. I would be embarrassed for our city if “Tom (I haven’t made any movies in years) Hanks” name passed. *shaking my head

annonamous April 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Tom Hanks went to Skyline High school in Oakland. Several years ago he thanked his acting teacher. I don’t think he had much to do with Concord.

Mary April 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

OMG What has Tom Hanks done for this community? He became a 1% and never looked back. Did he invest any of the wealth that you liberals espouse (wealth distribution) to our community? I doubt it. Leave the name alone. Mr. John Muir did more for this community than Tommy.

@Tom Hanks Fan who Lives in Concord
LOL Who in the hell is Julie Strain? Never heard of her so I did a little research. All I can say people must be on something to name a school or hospital after her because she is an “Actress”. The only building would be fitting for her is to name that Adult Boutique in Pleasant Hill, but that is about it.

Slowfolder April 1, 2013 at 11:44 AM

He was ONLY born in Concord. That’s it. End of story. If any city is going to celebrate his name, it’s not going to be Concord. John Muir is the best name for the hospital. He has a much bigger legacy than Tom Hanks will ever have. He’s also dead, so it is fitting to “remember” a dead guy.

anonanonagain April 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I can only imagine how bleak Concord was in those days. No wonder he didn’t want to come back!!! Things have changed over the years, and I have to say I love living here after moving here 15 years ago……

MeryH April 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

I love Tom Hanks, the actor….don’t know him as a person and do not know of any great deeds he has done for the local community. I think just because a famous person was born in a certain hospital doesn’t make them worthy of naming the hospital after them.
Wow, fan adoration gone overboard !

Pale Rider April 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

That is the stupidest thing Ive heard this year!

Parsnip April 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

@JD #36 — He wasn’t in Concord long. Moved to Alameda, attended Skyline HS in Oakland, then Chabot College.

@#s 28 & 35 — Just imagine if Arthur Mijares “renamed” Mt. Diablo to Mt. Reagan. Hanks’ birth certificate would have to be adjusted to Mt. Reagan. Would Hanks like that?

To all these people needing to have accomplished something in their lives — find something more productive …

Concord Baby April 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

It was called Concord Community Hospital. I was born there in 1957.

I'm The Urban Spaceman April 1, 2013 at 11:55 AM

I believe the Mayor has grabbed ahold of our collective legs and pulled them.

Jojo Potato April 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM

April Fools!?

Jess April 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Good one, Mayor!

CatWhiskers April 1, 2013 at 11:58 AM

She is a porn star……you know the type. Come one and alll.

Anon April 1, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Now THAT’S a joke!!

Phillip from Clayton April 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Nope – I can think of better things to “waste” our time and money on…..

Shiloh April 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

This is hilarious!! Didn’t think there was any way the mayor could fool everyone AGAIN. Happy Tom Hanks Day everyone! (Did you hear they are renaming April Fools?)

inmotion April 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Outrageous, I’m staring a ‘Save the John Muir Hospital Name’ petition.

Don April 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

This has got to be the most demeaning slap in the face to John Muir Hospital and Concord. Tom Hanks does not deserve any honor in Concord, let Hollywood honor him, they deserve each other. John Muir is a great hospital why knock it down Don`t change it`s name.

From Clayton April 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

No Thanks. Tom Hanks.

Nan April 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Mark Hamill was also born in Concord, and i always felt luke skywalker was a great role model (except for the thing with the dark side). I would like to see some commemoration for him as well! Has the parking garage been dedicated?

Melanie April 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Nooooo!!!!! Hanks was only born here….graduated from Skyline High in Oakland. Keep the name John Muir. All of the art inside and outside of the hospital celebrates nature. Leave the name alone!

The Real McCoy April 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM

John Muir was a Socialist enviro-wacko who doesn’t deserve ANY of the recognition he gets. If it wasn’t for him I could own beautiful property in Yosemite Valley but nooooooooo the enviro-nazis think it should be “preserved.”

Triple Canopy April 1, 2013 at 12:46 PM


What a looney suggestion! .. Unless Mr. Hanks donates a substantial mount of money to JMMS then he can take his name and shove it.

Richards Family April 1, 2013 at 12:47 PM

no comment because to dumb to get one.

Trevbo April 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Who has time to make this a priority in their life.

Old Timer April 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

You got to be kidding !!!!!

Amy April 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

April Fool!

Lori April 1, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Good one Mayor. Happy April fool’s

What is it April 1, 2013 at 12:59 PM

HAHA nice try Mr. Mayor april fools

anon April 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Love it!

NutCreek Frontier April 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Tom Hanks, by all counts, is a prince of guy, but his association with this area is extremely slight. This is silly, keep it John Muir. Also, “Forest Gump” one of the most annoying movies ever made…

NutCreek Frontier April 1, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Awesome Mayor, you got us again!

Starship April 1, 2013 at 1:21 PM

@MeryH #43
You are right……..that is way too much. lol

Starship April 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Happy April Fools, Mayor 🙂

Indeed April 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Let me think for a minute… Uh NO! What kind of a hair-brained scheme is this ? Maybe the Mayor’s idea of an April Fool’s joke ?

anon April 1, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Happy April 1st to all those who just got trolled by the mayor! 😉

LORETTA April 1, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Really? just because he is a big star doesnt give him rights to anything. He hasn’t been back in concord because he has no wishes to. Leave things alone and get on with your lives. enough said.

Mimi (original) April 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Holey Couw! What a ludicrous proposition!

Parsnip April 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Really? April Fool’s?

And I was going to specifically attend this “meeting” to suggest The Regional Medical Center …

Howard K Mullins III April 1, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Congrats Mr. Mayor…

You are good!

Connie Dobbs April 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

I heard 1560 Sutherland Ct, Concord was going to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Cowellian April 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

After the Google story, I would have thought that more Claycordians would be prepared for a story of this sort.

Brian April 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Sorry but being born in Concord then being famous doesn’t qualify… Hey I think most of us like Tom Hanks and his movies and the fact he is a member of the 5 Timer Club on SNL, but yeah what has he done for or in Concord? Nothing, probably doesn’t even acknowledge being born here anymore. I can think of others deserving of the honor, like maybe Dave Brubeck.

babytruck April 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM

I think we should name it The Joe Casanyu Claycord Hospital

Anon April 1, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Total waste of time and money fund another cause.

BimboSpeak April 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

What has Hanks done for the area besides avoid it? John Muir did more for the country and for the state. Dumb idea to change the hopsital to Hanks-ville Hospital. Very weird.

nytemuvr April 1, 2013 at 2:29 PM

@Concord Baby #46
I beat you by 3 years…1954 Concord Community Hospital.

Matthew April 1, 2013 at 2:30 PM,%20California

You can use IMDB to see anyone credited in a major movie production who was born in Concord. Apparently Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) was also born in Concord!

Just a Concordian April 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Speaking of April Fools…

What do you get when you combine April Fools, warm sunny day, and San Francisco?

One naked guy walking around the Embarcadero!

Aryana April 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Don’t mess with the name of John Muir. It’s fine the way it is.

Alan April 1, 2013 at 2:53 PM


Alan April 1, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Why don’t you use more polls, mayor. It is a lot nicer to get an instant read on something…people can always wade through the comments I they want to?

mad mom April 1, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Please let this be an April’s fool joke! You’re making me nervous Mayor!

Aspirin April 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM

John Muir Health receives huge donations that sometimes result in the hospital naming rooms or clinics for the donor. If Hanks were to donate, say $50,000,000. to the Concord Campus he might see his name on a sign there.

mad mom April 1, 2013 at 3:27 PM

How fun! I made my first post then started reading all of the comments! Hilarious! Oh Mayor! Well played!

Greg April 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM

An old timer tells me he grew up on Derby ct in Pleasant Hill.

Em Dubya April 1, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Muir – Yosemitie National Park, Muir Trail, etc.

Hanks – Bosom Buddies, talks to a deflated volleyball, etc.

Nom de Plume April 1, 2013 at 3:51 PM

No. He’s done nothing for Concord. Whenever asked where he was born or lived, he says Oakland. Even when interviewers about his ties to Concord, he denies any connection. I believe he admitted them at one time, but for many years now he only says Oakland.

Name the hospital after someone who has helped the community. Who? I have no idea. Not Seeno. Not the Concord Pavilion. That’s a tough one. Just leave it alone.

Nom de Plume April 1, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Oh… just scrolled through the comments. Figured I’d read after I posted (dumb day to do that). Good one, Mayor! lol

Tod Gomes April 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Good one! ha! BTW… I was born in Concord, it could be the Tod Gomes, CPP Hospital.

Subterfuge April 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Is this lady a stalker? I bet he has a restraining order against her.

Elwood April 1, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Why not Elvis?

Or Lyle Lovett?

Concord Guy April 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM

No! This is a classic case of celebrity worship. With all due respect to Tom Hanks, such a change is unnecessary and undeserved.

Anon-Real-Anon April 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM

@ Cowellian: Right?! I got people at midnight, it’s taking people entirely too long…

Policy of Truth April 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM

I think it was Walnut Creek resident John Nejedly, 1st director of the Hostpital (and State Senator) who named it John Muir.

Craig Cannon April 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Really scary April Fools Joke. Sad thing is, it’s California! Nothing surprises me anymore. We do some crazy $hit in this Golden State! Yosemite Falls briefly stopped running when this post went up! Happy 4-1-13 day folks!

concord hater #1 April 1, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Tom Hanks doesn’t really care too much for Concord???? No really????

I mean, between the crackpot dealers walking down willow pass road, the loafers and skateboard “one direction” looking punks in downtown, the idiots who show up with dogs and then stalk women at the infamous concord library, and the trolls who crowd the sunvalley mall making it smell like a toilet….how can he just hate this place????? Gee, I wonder…..

Joy Wills April 1, 2013 at 4:40 PM

I did not give permission to use my name for this prank. Just kidding, but seriously, how sad is it that in this day and age this actually IS a believable story?

Tim F April 1, 2013 at 4:41 PM

One word to Concord woman. No

Lucy April 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM

I THINK THIS IS A RIDICULOUS IDEA…….He has never went there, donated money or even showed up for fund raising for a special “cause”. Why would they name something after someone who cares nothing about the people it serves.

Parsnip April 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

@#94 — He starred in Apollo 13 too.

Maybe NASA will name the International Space Station after him!

MeryH April 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Ok…you know it’s bad when you can’t come close to telling if this is an April Fools Joke put on by the Mayor, or not!
That shows you how many truly nutty people are out there and we see it too often here on Claycord….

Sigh April 1, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Just hilarious how much time some people have on their hands.

2BITS April 1, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Concord Community Hospital 1956 (Apparently just one month before Mr. Tom Hanks came along)

SAR April 1, 2013 at 5:02 PM

So many “fools” falling for this joke!

uh huh April 1, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Gimmie a break. I was born at Concord Community Hospital (which is now John Muir, Concord Campus) in 1969, So maybe they should name it after me, Ya, thats an idea!!!

Wang Chung tonight April 1, 2013 at 5:48 PM

nice try Mayor. But in all seriousness, having two different hospitals at the opposite ends the valley with near identical names is confusing, idiotic, and it might wind up killing someone. There needs to be no ambiguity. When someone (or a surgeon) is rushing to “John Muir Hospital”, they need to understand that we’re talking about that medical center on Ygnacio in W.C. Not , “oh, no – I meant the CONCORD campus of John Muir.” wtf? That’s Mt. Diablo Hospital. I don’t care if a cabal of medical-industrial complex robber barons convinced voters to simply gift that jewel of the public sector away to private investors. That’s Mt. Diablo Hospital, the one in W.C. is John Muir Hospital. It’s just as stupid through the tunnel. Over there they’ve got Sutter Merrit Herrick Alta Bates Summit etc. Hospitals and no one knows if you’re talking one in Berkeley or one in Oakland.

It’s Candlestick Park.

It’s PacBell Park. awful name, but that’s what they Christened it when they built it.

It’s the Concord Pavillion.

It’s Cowell Park.

It’s West Pittsburg. (joking)

The point of naming an important place is so that everyone can use the same term across time and space.

Shenanigans April 1, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Good one Mayor….this makes twice today I fell for April Fools jokes!

mlynn April 1, 2013 at 6:26 PM

no, i like tom hanks but theres no reason to name the hospital after him

Pete April 1, 2013 at 6:28 PM

How is it possible that 100+ posts in and there are STILL people stupid enough to believe this is true?

Libby Rauchee April 1, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Howzabout “Harvey Milk Hospital”? Wouldn’t that be fabulous?

anon April 1, 2013 at 6:47 PM

I doubt very much that Mr. Hanks would ever consider renaming a Concord hospital in his honor. When Mr. Hanks won the Best Actor Academy Award for his wonderful work in “Philadelphia” he honored his high school drama teacher in Oakland, CA for inspiring him. During all of the international press that followed because Mr. Hanks “outed” his teacher during his acceptance speech. Mr. Hanks remarked that he was so happy and relieved that his family moved to Oakland and referred to Concord, CA as the, “armpit of the world.”

Shannon April 1, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Concord’s John Muir Hospital was once known as Concord Community Hospital and Yes, Tom Hanks was born there. Alot has changed during 55 plus years. Have to agree that even Tom Hanks would laugh at the fact someone wants to name this hospital after him. He lived on Derby Ct. in Pleasant hill back then. I say let it keep the name it has now!

OMG April 1, 2013 at 7:19 PM

If more people observed Pay Day, there would be fewer posts here.

lg April 1, 2013 at 8:39 PM

If you want to honor someone why not a police officer, firefighter, soldier who died in the line of duty? This woman is ridiculous!

lg April 1, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Oh, it`s a joke! But still honer all those that serve us. God Bless them!

to omg #121 April 1, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Huh? I don’t get it.

LoL April 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Name it CLAYCORD Hospital!

Girl w/ Dogs April 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I graduated from Sac State, not Tom Hanks State- just because he went there.

mad mom April 1, 2013 at 9:57 PM

OMG #121 well said 🙂

Mommykinz April 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Connie, I don’t get why you put someone’s address on here? is that a joke too?

Connie Dobbs April 1, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Moms, I’m glad you asked. That house was the headquarters and armory of the Symbionese Liberation Army, the guys who kidnapped Patty Hearst. Ain’t no crazy like ’60s crazy.

CatWoman April 1, 2013 at 10:33 PM

@Connie Dobbs
Was this the house they set on fire?

J. April 1, 2013 at 10:47 PM

The SLA was cornered in a house in the L.A. area that burned to the ground with the SLA in the crawl space.

After a botched shoplifting attempt an anonymous phone call to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) stated that several heavily armed people were staying at the caller’s daughter’s house. That afternoon, more than 400 LAPD officers, under the command of Captain Mervin King, along with the FBI, California Highway Patrol, and Los Angeles Fire Department surrounded the neighborhood. The leader of a SWAT team used a bullhorn to announce, “Occupants of 1466 East 54th Street, this is the Los Angeles Police Department speaking. Come out with your hands up!” A young child walked out, along with an older man. The man stated that no one else was in the house, but the child intervened stating that several people were in the house with guns and ammo belts. After several more attempts to get anyone else to leave the house, a member of the SWAT team fired tear gas projectiles into the house. This was answered by heavy bursts of automatic gunfire, and a battle began.

Two hours later, the house caught fire. Two women left from the rear of the house and one came out the front (she had come in drunk the previous night, passed out, and woken up in the middle of the siege); all were taken into custody, but were found not to be SLA members. Automatic weapons fire continued from the house. At this point, Nancy Ling Perry and Camilla Hall came out of the house. Investigators working for their parents would claim that they walked out intending to surrender and that they were unarmed but police later stated that Hall was shot in the head by police as she charged towards them and Perry was providing covering fire. After Hall’s body fell to the ground, it was pulled back inside the burning house by Angela Atwood. Perry followed Hall out of the house and was shot twice in the back. Her body remained outside the house.

The rest died inside, from smoke inhalation, burns and gunshot wounds. According to the coroner’s report, it was concluded that Donald DeFreeze committed suicide. After the shooting stopped and the fire was extinguished, 19 firearms—including rifles, pistols, and shotguns—were recovered. Several thousands of rounds had been fired out of the house by the SLA and police in response had fired several thousands of rounds into the house. This remains one of the largest police shootouts in history with a reported total of over 9,000 rounds being fired. Every round fired by SLA members at the police missed the officers.

The SLA dead were: Nancy Ling Perry (“Fahizah”), Angela Atwood (“General Gelina”), Camilla Hall (“Gabi”), Willie Wolfe (“Kahjoh”, misspelled by the media at the time as “Cujo”, who was reported to be Patricia Hearst’s lover), Donald DeFreeze (“Cinque”), and Patricia Soltysik (“Mizmoon,” “Zoya”). Most of the bodies were found huddled in a crawl space under the house, which had burned down around them.

New broadcasting technology (smaller portable cameras and more nimble and versatile mobile units that made it easier to cover unfolding news events) had recently been acquired by area TV stations, so Hearst and the Harrises were able to watch the televised siege live from their hotel room in Anaheim.

Metta World Peace April 1, 2013 at 10:57 PM

re:Wang Chung tonight

Ron Harper would disagree with you.
So would Comcast.

Tom Hanks April 1, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Concord? oh yeah………… I’ll be right back.

PFFFFT! April 1, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Yeah, let’s take John Muir’s name off of his hospital. I’m sure Tom Hanks has done so much more than whatever his name is Muir did. (/SARCASM)

Tom Hanks isn’t the only thing to come out of the 925 area, let alone Concord (although he wasn’t even raised here). Dave Brubeck is a whole lot more worthy of having something named after him before Hanks…and hell, Mark Hamill was born here as well. Yes. Luke Skywalker was born in this wonky town.

Want another minor celebrity? Google “Julie Strain Penthouse”…although not at work. That sounds good actually! Top floor of Tom Hanks Hospital can be called the Julie Strain Penthouse

nytemuvr April 1, 2013 at 11:44 PM

@anonanonagain #42
Concord wasn’t “bleak” at all in the 50s, just when you moved there(not you specifically), I got “outta dodge” from there, in a Dodge 15 years ago. From a 58 year old Concordian that was born at Concord Community Hospital(Thanks Dr. R.R. Puegey?) while my Grandma worked there also. It was a viable farming, mining and factory production center for the East Bay community with little or no crime…..picture Mayberry, NC. Bleak is where my folks came from, during the dust bowl era in Oklahoma.

Low April 2, 2013 at 1:19 AM


Horse'n Around April 2, 2013 at 5:28 AM

I was born at Concord Community Hospital also, back in 68. ( Thanks to Dr. Mason)@ nytemuvr That’s weird. My dad also traveled here from Oklahoma during the dust bowl…..maybe were cousins? lol

Connie Dobbs April 2, 2013 at 7:17 AM

There was a shootout with the cops at the Sutherland Ct address, and the residents set fire to the house to cover evidence of the SLA’s presence.

The SLA was responsible for the assassination of Oakland school Superintendent Marcus Foster. They said they killed Mr. Foster because he wanted to set up a student identification card system in Oakland, presumably to ‘track’ black students. Apparently the SLA was mistaken. Foster was against the plan.
And now, someone will explain how this was actually Gov. Reagan’s fault.

Parsnip April 2, 2013 at 7:28 AM

@Sigh #110 — It’s called “kill time” for some of us — especially when we’re stuck to computers or phones throughout the morning/day/evening waiting for information from third-party sources to complete specific assignments.

What do you call it after 109 responses?

y April 2, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Hanks is just one more marionette for the cause. It is inappropriate to name a Hospital after him… oh I got one, how about calling Concord Hanksville? lol. We could toss hankies at a parade of something in his honor.

y April 2, 2013 at 8:10 AM

nytemnvr: I agree, Concord is not and never was bleak. It has always been a thriving community for worker bees. The salt of the earthy types. Work hard, play hard, live right. Raise a family.

Well, the current homeless population doesn;’t fall into that description, but alot of things have changed in the last few years. It’s a cycle.

nytemuvr April 2, 2013 at 8:14 AM

@Horse’n Around #137
There are a lot of Okies out here….

bloopy April 2, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Why do people keep discussing this as if it were an actual proposal? It’s a JOKE, end of discussion.

Now here come another 20 posts about how Tom Hanks hates Concord.

friend of sigh April 2, 2013 at 8:23 AM

@ Parsnip,
You’re not waiting for anything. You’re just boring and have nothing better to do.

Parsnip April 2, 2013 at 8:39 AM

@#144 — As if anyone should care what interests you, “friend of sigh”?

Parsnip April 2, 2013 at 8:49 AM

@y #140 — or a news blog to … just a thought.

Ryan April 2, 2013 at 8:59 AM

I think they should rename it “Elwood Hospital”. They can convert ALL parking spaces to handicapped, and put in an express lane for Rascal scooters!

y April 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM

And now, someone will explain how this was actually Gov. Reagan’s fault.

Well, that is just silly Connie. It was said and therefore it will become fodder for reference in the future.

Jojo Potato April 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Don’t know what your post on the SLA shootout has to do with anything. And I don’t see that your cut and paste from Wikipedia adds anything either.

y April 2, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Parsnip: Heh, I hope not THIS blog. Silly. 🙂

Oh, and don’t worry about Sigh. Obviously, it has never had a real job, with a real phone and a real computer.

lol April 2, 2013 at 3:36 PM

tom hanks was born in the city and thats all he had to do with this city if there would be any one to rename an already named hospital after it should be dave brubeck the famous jazz musician who just recently passed away and actually had alot to do with this city after he became famous and never forgot where he came from.

Walnut Creek Resident April 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM

That woman needs professional help.

lol loves runon sentences April 2, 2013 at 8:47 PM


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