MDUSD: Local Church Abandoned Trailers at Glenbrook – Police Have Been Notified

December 7, 2013 1:00 am · 59 comments



The abandoned trailers we told you about that were dumped on the campus of the old Glenbrook Middle School on Olivera Rd. in Concord apparently came from a nearby church, according to the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

After we posted the story on on Friday, one Claycordian commented, telling us the trailers came from a local church, which is located about 500 feet away from Glenbrook. However, at the time, that could not be confirmed.

MDUSD Trustee Brian Lawrence then responded, saying “I was not aware of this issue until today. I will see the Superintendent this afternoon and will ask her about it. There will be a response from the District by tomorrow. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.”

Dr. Nellie Meyer, the new Superintendent of the MDUSD quickly replied, confirming the rumor that these trailers were in fact dumped by a church. “These trailers were abandoned on our school district property. Our facility department immediately contacted the police as well as found that they came from a local church that had abandoned them. Mt. Diablo Unified School District agrees that they are both an eyesore and a hazard. We are working to remove them and hold the party responsible for the dumping responsible”, Dr. Meyer said.

Good work, MDUSD.

Thanks to the Claycordians who wrote to us about these hazards, and thanks to Trustee Brian Lawrence and Superintendent Meyer for your quick action!


1 Bravo MDUSD Board December 7, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Great action from Trustee Lawrence and Superintendent Meyer on this. Nice to see it being dealt with so swiftly.

2 Anon December 7, 2013 at 4:50 AM

Respectfully they haven’t done anything yet. The correct response here is, “Thanks for their quick reply to the situation.” You’ll note that nothing in Dr. Meyers reply denies that she knew about this.

3 Sue Brinton December 7, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Sure….dumping them without permission, OR without letting anyone know you did it….sounds like the Christian thing to do!!!!

4 WWJD December 7, 2013 at 6:28 AM

WWJD: Where Would Jesus Dump?

5 Russ December 7, 2013 at 6:33 AM

I am anxiously awaiting the first blogger’s comment that will somehow turn this nothing-to-see-here story into an Anti-Obama care rant. Come on people, I know you’re out there! Don’t let me down………..

6 trashman December 7, 2013 at 7:17 AM

So what local church did this littering?

7 why did they not know until this story came out. December 7, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Why was somebody not doing there job you would think that if someone was at the school they should have noticed.

If someone had done this on one of my properties I would have gotten on this as soon as it happened.

So what else are we going to find out that has been neglected.

I think that it is about time someone did their job.

I bet this would not happen as much if we hired people that are “NOT UNION!”

So people how bad do things have to get before you do something. …. Wow

8 HAHA! December 7, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Looks like one of the trailers i had class in at Foothill.

9 jesusfreak December 7, 2013 at 8:09 AM

definitely not what Jesus would do. i’d like to believe they would have received help from the community in their need to dispose of them, if they had asked. they still could….

10 Eddysmom December 7, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Not all churches are Christian churches. Furthermore, someone saying it’s so doesn’t make it so. That no church was named is indicative of shoddy reporting.

11 Skyscraper December 7, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Again, people are jumping to conclusions here without all the facts.

Fact: The trailers were removed from the church property down the street.
Fact: The trailers are now on MDUSD property and placed there without MDUSD permission.

We don’t know if the church sold or just gave these trailers to a third party prior to removal (something that I would expect before they were removed).
We don’t know is who moved the trailers.

From the pictures, it appears that whoever moved the trailers failed to provide enough tires for the trailers and did not replace the old rotton tires that were on the trailers. So after just 500 feet of movement, the tires failed. The Glenbrook parking lot was surely a convenient place for temporary parking of the disabled trailers until repairs could be made. But it now appears that whoever moved the trailers couldn’t be bothered with making the repairs and just abandoned them in place. This makes me think that the church gave these trailers away to the movers prior to their removal.

To say that the church abandoned the trailers on the property based on the two facts above is reckless and shows an obvious shortsightedness. It leaves people with the impression that the church willfully and intentionally moved and abandoned the trailers at the school, an act that does not seem reasonable to me without knowing ALL the facts. Now if I am wrong here, simply prove me wrong with FACTS.

12 kyle December 7, 2013 at 8:19 AM

That school is closed

13 Facts December 7, 2013 at 8:20 AM

I called the School District week ending 11/29 and talked with Jeff McDaniel. He said that until they followed the tracks that the second trailer left they had no idea where they came from. Note the missing and flat tires. He said that he has been receiving many phone calls about this. He has been in contact with the Church and so far the Church has refused to do anything. I also called the Church and as of today have not received a call back. He said that the School District was going to pursue legal action against the Church to get the trailers moved. The trailer with the missing/flat tires has a broken axel, so I was told, making the further movement of the trailer very difficult. He also stated that the District had been in contact with various City agencies about the trailers. I also spoke with one of Concords Council members about this who said, that you have to remember that School District property is STATE owned and that the City can do very little because of that. Because of the time frames involved and the different people that were spoken too and the actions that I was told the School District was taking you have to wonder about when higher ups knew about this. If they did why then did they not put out some information about what was/is going on?

14 Anon December 7, 2013 at 8:25 AM

The article said a local church. It said nothing about a Christian church. You people are aware there are other religions out there with churches, right? Don’t be so quick to assume, just to get on a Christian bashing rant.

15 J. December 7, 2013 at 8:37 AM

There’s a Noachian flood coming. Maybe they’re getting ready with a Noah’s Ark? Or they put it out for the homeless to recycle?

16 memo December 7, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Number 7 what an instant whiner. It looks to me like it was handled pretty fast, especially for our school district. It has improved with our new superintendent, and I hope it continues to do so.

17 macawlady December 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM

I thought it was a third party who did this….whoever towed it away, not the church. Regardless, glad it will be taken care of.

18 pc December 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

That church must have an amazing Christmas spirit!

19 observer December 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM

I saw the trailers yesterday & they had very large signs on them that read “FREE”

20 Mike Langley December 7, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Dr. Meyer said “Our facility department immediately contacted the police as well as found that they came from a local church that had abandoned them.” She did not say when this was done. The Measure C team at Glenbrook may have notified police at the time of the dumping. To assume the worst case is easy because no facts are needed to throw out accusations of incompetence.Instead of acknowledging that proper steps have been taken and moving on, Some of our peers seem to wallowing in negativity. In the past, MDUSD leadership has made serious errors and citizens should have held them accountable. However, when they do something correctly, throwing grenades at them serve no purpose other than making noise. Thank you Dr. Meyers and Mr. Lawence.

21 AlwaysL8 December 7, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Who above said it was resolved? The church ultimately needs to be responsible to remove these. If they feel a third party was involved then they can take action against these third party idiots.

Any members of this church needs to put pressure on to do something immediately. It isn’t right. Dont churches, of any religion, like to do things that are right? You don’t saddle another person, entity or public school with the cost here. They should’ve done better due diligence with who they gave/sold these to.

22 @why did they not know December 7, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Your comments obviously reflect your jaded disgruntled attitude and show nothing but contempt for the District. So let me educate you about a property within the District you know nothing about.

“Why was somebody not doing there job you would think that if someone was at the school they should have noticed.”

Glenbrook is not staffed by anyone employed by MDUSD. It is now rented and staffed by SENECA. It is also maintained wholly by SENECA. The only this SENECA does not do is landscaping and major repairs on boilers, electrical, etc. SENECA can at will move portables on to the property if need be. Who’s to say that this wasn’t something that SENECA moved onto the property to repair and use? Also if SENECA sits on their hands and doesn’t report anything to the District how is the District supposed to know.

“If someone had done this on one of my properties I would have gotten on this as soon as it happened.”

Well “captain obvious”, here is your medal for doing what all vigilant property owners would have done. Your properties probably don’t include schools which are maintained by other entities that have the permission to bring on temporary portables at will. So some research would be needed on your part before you vigilantly go and haul a renter’s portable away.

“So what else are we going to find out that has been neglected.”

I do not really know but it seems your fired up enough to go investigate so get your thinking cap on and go out and do some research. Then come back to Claycord and write a vigilant grand standing comment about your findings. I look forward to what you have to say.

“I think that it is about time someone did their job.”

The District is doing its job and now your tax paying dollars have to pay to haul this eyesore away. I would be more upset about the lazy piece of crap that dumped this trailer on District property then trying to weave your comments into some District bashing rhetoric.

“I bet this would not happen as much if we hired people that are “NOT UNION!””.

You know so little about the inner workings of the District and the union workers it employs. This comment obviously only shows your contempt for unions and has nothing to do with the glaring non unionized dumping of this portable by a non unionized organization. SENECA is also “not union” and this happened on their watch on their site. Guess the “not union” employes are not as effective as you claim.

“So people how bad do things have to get before you do something. …. Wow”

Well unfortunately like any bureaucracy these issues cannot be addressed as quickly and as vigilantly as you handle your personal properties. Questions need to be answered and then actions can be taken. Since this is obviously upsetting enough for you to make a comment here on Claycord. I suggest as a fine upstanding member of our society that you haul this eyesore away yourself. Then you can be lauded for your “NON UNION” vigilance and we can all feel safer that such a “bad” thing has been removed. We can all cheer and praise your name and say……”WOW!!!!”.

23 Anonymous December 7, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Why does it take Claycord to bring this to light and solve the problem? Here is my question: When did the District find out about the trailers and why didn’t; they move on it that day? Is anyone responsible for anything in this District?
Thank Heavens we have Claycord.

24 Ridiculous December 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Wow! A church?? Why dump your garbage on someone else’s property? It’s rude and inconsiderate. Doesn’t matter if it was a religious group or not. It’s just plain disrespectful. Clean up your own mess! Lazy..

25 Psycho Cat December 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Basically it sounded from the first post that the church hired someone to tow these away. So at first, they probably didn’t know the guy unethically dumped them on school property. All the “They should have known who they were working with…” is hindsight. They obviously didn’t. The price was right. Now they have been notified and they have to deal with it. Yes they are on state owned property, but if they have to be towed along city streets, that may require permission from the city that they never looked into before. And, where do they take them to? It seems like a problem for the church that has gotten larger than they can quickly handle. This will take time to get them moved. Let’s just hope they step up to the plate, man up, and move them.


26 Jess December 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM

The church was identified in the comments for the original Claycord article on the abandoned trailers. It is a Christian church. The trailers came from St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church, just down the street on Olivera Rd.
Here’s their website:

It sounds like MDUSD staff is on top of the situation. They’ve been working to get the responsible party to remove the trailers. It’s time for the church to step up and do the right thing. The church should pay for the removal, not the taxpayer. I’m glad MDUSD staff are being good guardians of the taxpayer dollar by attempting to get the church to clean up the mess.

27 eric December 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM

My mom works at glenbrook, her and everyone in her office are employed by MDUSD. MDUSD still owns and maintains this property, what are you talking about?

28 KJ December 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

I find it amazing how many people couldn’t take the time to use to find out for themselves what church is near this school.

29 Cal Old Blue December 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Two minutes on Google maps will show there apparently are two churches outside the 500 foot radius but within 1000 feet. Both appear to be Christian (non-Catholic protestant).

There is one church that appears to be within the 500 foot radius (next door). It falls into the religious spectrum between Protestant and Roman Catholic.

So either way, Christian in the broad definition (e.g. not Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, etc).

Those curious enough can go Google it themselves.

30 Grammar Popo December 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM

The responsible should be help responsible, for the responsible should have shown more responsibility.

31 Larkin December 7, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Like they couldn’t be bothered to sell them? They could have made a few 1000 dollars on them. They’d make a nice in-law apartment for grandma in the backyard.

32 sergio ruano December 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM


To whom it may concern I am interested in the trailers. I would I like to transport them to my yard in Bay Point. Please call me or email about picking them up thank you.

Sergio Ruano


33 Interesting Story December 7, 2013 at 12:03 PM

My one thought.

Doesn’t something that large have to be registered somehow? Isn’t it like a boat, trailer, etc., which requires ownership and title documents.

34 Michelle December 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Maybe that trailer is abstract art, Just something you can’t explain but makes a nice talking point. But no, lol.

35 Rudolf December 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Homeless shelters in the cold!
Bancroft used to use one as a classrrom. Put them to good use and be thankful for the Church’s gift. Parents can volunteer to clean them up.

36 WASP December 7, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Funny though – the first big trailer got dumped a day before the other. So these “movers” moved one down the street and it broke, then moved the other the next day? Sounds like the church hired some shady dudes.

37 furian December 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Why don’t they just pray that god takes them away?

38 Baby Dump December 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

My thought exactly, furian!

39 Larbac December 7, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Fix ‘em up and use them someplace in MDUSD..

40 Anon December 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Can we continue this pointless bickering a while longer rather than see if the school, church or whomever needs to address this situation does it?

41 anonanonagain December 7, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I’m wondering if the Church hired someone on the cheap, because the Church might not have the funds to dispose of it away correctly and this shoddy company dumped them wherever they could. Scumbag haul it away companies that are doing night runs and leaving garbage/debris on roads, b-iways and highways. Find out who did it and run their @$$e$ into the ground…..

42 Get Right December 7, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Seneca might rent out part of the school property, but it is also used for other organizations and as storage for MDUSD. Instead of blaming the people at seneca and saying they are responssible do some research. They where dumped in the middle of the night, so no one saw who did it, or had a chance to call the police. I’m sure MDUSD is on top of this. I believe the church should be responssible to get them removed, but they had no involvment in dumping them. They did not hire the right person, but they had no idea that was going to happen.

43 Howard K Mullins III December 7, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Since no one is going to move those darn things, they’ll most likely end up burnt to the ground. Too much of a temptation for a lot of folks in that neighborhood.

Hope no one gets hurt.

The church appears to be ultimately responsible, hope they take care of the mess they caused.

44 Gman@6565 December 7, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Hey everyone, this site, they call a church has been vacant for years! The property owner decided to vacate the trailers without an emergency plan, such as getting a flat tire when moving so they dump one trailer and proceed to move the next trailer. Waiting for action from MDUSD, who say they knew nothing about this!! Sounds a lot like Family Leave Act provision missed by the BART negotionators. GO FIGURE!!!!

45 Kathy Felton December 7, 2013 at 7:47 PM

It is a shame the tax payers have to waste money to clean up a mess that the church made. Thank you to Mt. Diablo USD for being on this right away and doing the right thing.

46 Fig Newton December 7, 2013 at 9:41 PM

They ought to trace them back to the owner,,,have Concord Police order rotation tows,and deliver them back to the owner,,The church should pay the CPD Administrative fee,,tow charge,and give them a super hefty fine on each trailer…………..No checks! All Cash,,no credit cards so it’s a final no wiggle deal!

47 anon December 7, 2013 at 10:15 PM

there ya go.we have a taker – # 32. all this energy spent ranting . all the while could put an ad in the free section on craigslist.

interesting that the church isnt too interested on how this makes them look and no matter how they got there would clear them out for the sake of peace and the reputation of their church.

48 Led December 7, 2013 at 11:11 PM

@Cal Old Blue,

Uh, an Orthodox church is not “on the spectrum between Protestant and Roman Catholic” – I’m not even sure what you mean by a spectrum in this context. The Orthodox Churches broke off from Rome in 1054 – as you may know, that’s quite a bit earlier than the Protestant Reformation…

49 @32 December 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Thank you

Hope you get a call soon.

50 Pete Keay December 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM

In response to the 12/7 poster who suggested that non-union workers wouldn’t have allowed this type of activity : We’ve seen the end result of using non-union labor – terrible materials, substandard installations, barely literate workers, and of course the mountains of debris left behind because after all “the District has workers who can clean up the mess.” The brothers and sisters who maintain the MDUSD school sites do so in spite of the after-hours users, the trespassers and those who simply don’t care.

51 Dick Johnson December 8, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Cowboy James is the name of the guy who contacted to remove and dispose of the trailers. He was paid (in full) $5,000 to do so . Now the church will have to pay again to have this job done. The priest was warned not pay in full until the job was complete. However, Cowboy James is a smooth talker. In the end ,justice will be served and a lesson will have been taught. No one gets away with anything in this life. A juicy scandal involving a church is always fun to read and talk about,,but this story is really about a con man taking advantage of a priest. That’s all that there is for now. Hopefully Claycord will follow up on this story and keep us informed about the antics of Cowboy James. Anyone who could steal from a house of God most likely has a long list of victims and is seeking new ones. “Cowboy James, I pray for your soul”.

52 jtkatec December 9, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I would like to hear about this “Cowboy James”. Is there a physical description? How was he contacted? How did he get a name like that?
Is he a resident of Claycord?

So many questions.

Can we hang him?

53 karma gna getcha December 9, 2013 at 12:29 PM

it really gets me how quick everyone is to blam the church!! w.t.f.??? they not only paid but trusted in this lame to do them a service!! the right way and they got ripped off. how is that thier fault?”KATHY FELTON” THE CHURCH DID NOT MAKE THIS MESS!!! so before you start giving out fault and fame badges to anybody??? put the blame where it lies and know what your talking about!!! cowboy james did this and know that even the lowest of the low will look down on him for this..BUT PEOPLE QUIT BAD MOUTHING THE CHURCH FOR THIS..SHAME ON YOU ALL GO CLEAN IT UP YOURSELFS!!!!!!!

54 No. We won't clean it up ourselves... December 9, 2013 at 3:14 PM

…because it isn’t OUR garbage. The church hired some bums that dumped it in OUR, the community’s, school parking lot? Sad to hear that. Hope the church works out being stiffed on the job. In the mean time, however, how about you REMOVE YOUR GARBAGE?

A more important question should be: when are we going to reopen these schools? An elementary and middle school less than a mile apart have been sitting empty for years now. Those rooms should be filled with occupied desks and the parking lot should be full of cars driven by teachers — not the community’s garbage.

55 Anon December 9, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Why should the schools be filled? If we are too lazy to shut off the TV and quit serving self in order to make it a better world, why bring kids into this DUMP?
Do you think kids want to clean up the mess we refused to deal with ~ now you know why the Borders are wide open, Government has the demographics and they know whats going on.

56 jtkatec @ 51 and 53 December 9, 2013 at 4:15 PM

You both mention his name but you’re not providing more information on this “Cowboy James”.

Is he a member of your Church (probably not), but anyway, how was his services brought to the Church’s attention – Craiglist, fliers, WHAT???

What does he look like? Does he wear a cowboy outfit?

57 @karma gna getcha December 9, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Actually, as the church entered into a contract that was not fulfilled buy the second party, and the second party is not in a position to be accountable (I hear he’s in jail) then the burden of responsibility does indeed fall back onto the church for, if nothing else, being derelict in the due diligence of the contract. As the second party of this contract is in prison, the property also reverts to the church.

Its up the the church to dispose of these trailers once the school district is satisfied as the trailers are now on their property.

I am positive that the church acted in good faith, they just trusted someone not worth trusting and now have to clean up the mess.

58 Killjoy December 11, 2013 at 8:32 AM

As of this morning, the trailers are gone.

59 Dick Johnson December 11, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Cowboy James is fat. Wears a Cowboy Hat. Drives beat up looking trucks and has a little dog that rides with him. He makes his living recycling pallets and is usually loaded down with them. He rather dark complected (For a “Cowboy”) and is a smooth talker. He’ll tell you just what it is that you want to hear.. He will lie about his health condition to get your sympathy, or as an excuse for not following up on what he has agreed to do for you. He is also missing a front tooth and is usually dirty.. Actually, he is always dirty.He can usually be seen around El Monte area but has not been seen since dumping those trailers. He will be back though. He burns through money quickly.

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