Claycordian Gathers Litter from Oak Grove Rd. Near Ygnacio Valley High School

May 13, 2014 17:00 pm · 19 comments


Look at all that garbage that one Claycordian collected on Oak Grove Rd. near Ygnacio Valley High School this week.

Please, we ask that all parents & teachers talk to their kids, and remind them that when you throw something on the ground, it doesn’t just disappear.

Thank you to the anonymous Claycordian who took time out of their day to clean-up our community.

Silva May 13, 2014 at 3:59 PM

What an incredibly nice thing to do!

wibbly May 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

This had to be before yv ended; the teens will redeposit on their way home today, and tomorrrow morning.

I'm The Urban Spaceman May 13, 2014 at 4:12 PM

there’s always a lot of small litter and debris between the YVHS traffic light and the Canal Trail…Plus a lot of leaves…never looks like City of Concord cleans here.

Atticus Thraxx May 13, 2014 at 5:32 PM

When I pick up garbage I don’t take pictures of it and send it to the local blog. Am I peculiar that way?

KenInConcord May 13, 2014 at 5:56 PM

I live by Oak Grove Intermediate, There is no shortage of daily trash families here on most school days, These students just open stuff up and toss the wrapper on the ground. It’s no surprise, they learn this from their parents who will park (directly under the no parking sign) at 2:00 and eat their lunch waiting for their children to get out of school. and they just leave the fast food bags, orange peals, plastic bottles, cigarette butts at the curb and drive away.

Where is the school management, Is there a shortage of problem children that could be picking up trash as a punishment!!! Instead it is left for the neighbors to clean-up.

When I was a child we would walk our dogs and we would bring a bag along so we could pick up the little piles the dog may leave behind. Sadly now we do the same for the students and their parents at Oak Grove, We carry bags so we can pick up the little piles of sh!t they leave behind.


Kid You Not May 13, 2014 at 6:09 PM

How do you know it was part or all the kids doing it?

Martinez Person May 13, 2014 at 6:28 PM

IN 1992 trash would collect in the creek behind our house. FIRST I picked up trash in gutters and parking lots. But it got old after a couple years. I traced the trash back to the main sources, which in that case was no trash cans. No trash cans in the high school [parking lot. None in the hospital. Bus stops. In front of fast food places. Even Main Street had like one trash can. So we began to get trash cans at liquor stores, everywhere people would throw trash down, thinking at least it would reduce the trash thrown ion the ground. Man the buck passing we saw. “Who would empty the cans? Or ” we share that parking lot, and it is their job to maintain it. Then the other place who used the parking lot would say the same thing, until finally after 4 years the high school got 6 or so trash cans. Trash cans at bus stops. Trash cans on Main Street and so on, until we got about 100 trash cans, that made a huge difference. And yes, we talked to the principal, school board, on and on. City hall. What a battle. We made a dent. So try to find the source. Seems like what you are doing. Because after two or three years of picking up trash and collecting so much I had no where or not enough money to dump it, and more drama that you could imagine, we had to think of another way than picking up after dumb people. Once a guy pulled up in Martinez in a nice car and dumped his ashtray out his window at Jack in the box. I had a broom. I swept it u and dumped it in his car, it was a convertible, right on his seat, with a note. Don’t trash Martinez.. Long story, but Way to go person who picks up trash. And claycord for covering it. Trash is the beginning of a slum. And breeds ore trash. Prop values go down , but careful. It is easy to get a bad attitude when you work so hard and see someone trash where you just cleaned. Not fun. I then knew how mothers felt more picking up after kids… Not FUN.

NoMoreFreeRide May 13, 2014 at 8:03 PM

They are pigs and it starts from their families. Just go to Ygnacio Park during the summer and watch what happens after the ice cream truck arrives. 99.9% of the kids from other countries will throw their wrappers on the ground. They and their parents have no respect for our country. If you don’t believe me go there. I myself have asked many children to pick-up after themselves there. I even had one parent get angry because I asked their kid to pick-up after his self. I told them if they didn’t like it I could always cal the police and they could get a $1,000 fine and may be they would check their immigration status at the same time.That shut them up.

anon May 13, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Student’s in high school use the trash cans as basketball hoops. If they miss it they don’t pick up the trash. The students think it’s the custodians job to pick up after them.

Teacher Wannabe May 13, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Probably De la Salle and Northgate students are responsible too.

KenInConcord May 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

???? Probably De la Salle and Northgate students are responsible too. ????

Just take a few minutes a watch outside the Chevron Station at Treat and Oak Grove….. I’m sure the garbage cans are like new, never used.

Sit outside the Taco Bell at Encina Grande, Kids seem to get the basic rules of a non-third world society.

Anonmom May 14, 2014 at 5:44 AM

# 10 seriously??

Walk through the Encina Grande shopping center, after school it is filled with Northgate kids, there is no where near the mess that is at YV and Oak Grove middle, and I am in the oak grove area everyday. As far as the De La Salle kids go, the campus is spotless and it didn’t get that way because some picks up after the boys, they clean up after themselves

Mee May 14, 2014 at 6:30 AM

@ Anon, I worked for county schools as a custodian in 90-91 and you are right. My issue was not as much with the students, but teachers. I would go into a class room and right there, at a desk, a pile of sun flower seed shells all around the desk. Stuff like that. I talked to the teacher who jumped all over me. Saying they are special needs kids and it is all he can do to 1. get them to go to school, and 2. learn something. HOW ABOUT LEARN RESPECT? And I was supposed to vac it up, an hours worth of some punk spitting sunflower seed shells down around while what, the teacher just sat there and let them do it? I was pissed. And you guessed it, this moron teacher won teacher of the year. And it was only worse from there, the littering. But like I said, the teachers were horrible. One sold drugs in the teachers lounge, invited kids to their house and hot tub, and you guessed it, SHE won an award. That school, the county schools back then were PATHEATIC and that is being polite.

@ Ken in Concord May 14, 2014 at 6:38 AM

We have the same problem with the OGMS students, just sent a photo to the Principal of a street “picnic” the kids had in which they just left their milk boxes and lunch bags on the sidewalk. They learn from the few bad apple parents who clean out their cars during drop-off and pickup by opening the car doors and throwing their garbage into the gutters.

Really?! May 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Why don’t we take a survey from ALL the neighborhoods and shopping centers near schools in ALL neighborhoods?

Please, no more comments a la Donald Sterling.

If you can complain, you can also help. Contact school administrators with viable options that enlist all stakeholders.

Your kids suck - YV and Oak Grove May 14, 2014 at 3:01 PM

yes i agree with those posts who sited the YV and OAK Grove middle school kids as being culprits for dumpting trash everywhere. I always see kids throwing their crap everywhere. even if you walk around the canal behind the YVHS campus you will find tons of litter…i can blame the YVHS parents for that one, as often times i see these perps throwing empty watter bottes in the middle of the trail while riding their bikes. losers.

@NoMoreFreeRide May 14, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Seriously??? Blaming the trash and littering in this area on minorities? what a classless thing to say. I have seen plenty of white, christian-faith, burger-and-fries-eating “american” kids do the exact same thing. If you don’t believe me – i can point out those children next time the ice cream truck rolls around the local neighborhood. And their parents usually drive expensive SUVs or BMWs with the middle aged white mom yelling at her cheating husband in the front seat, while disrespectful teenage daughter is making out with some 20 year old meth addict in the back.


LackingRoleModels May 14, 2014 at 3:16 PM

The problem is the kids have poor role models to follow. And, the parents do not discipline their kids. Kids have no fear of any consequences. It’s like they have no morals or soul. They just do whatever and when someone says something to them they go and whine to their parents who stand up for them even if what they are doing is wrong. it’s a real shame.

YV NEEDS REFORM May 14, 2014 at 3:29 PM

YVHS is one of the worst around in terms of its students behavior. Im sorry but the quality of education between AUHSD and Mt Diablo District alone is just tragic. MDUSD is so behind and the kids there are all riddled with problems. They have been for years. I was in rehab with a teacher from Mt Diablo High School who admitted to smoking crack in his car on lunch. the youth is so pathetic. while its not all the schools fault. They could hire better staff. The kids will throw things at passing cars even. While Im not speaking for every single one, because theres always some that will go somewhere, a lot of them need Behavioral Modification Therapy

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