Concord Residents Asked to Support Effort to Decrease Number of Illegal Signs

June 25, 2014 10:00 am · 60 comments


This is something has been bringing attention to for the past seven years, so it’s nice to see the City of Concord has recognized the problem.

The following is from the City of Concord:

Concord is launching an awareness campaign to focus attention on a common problem – the posting of illegal signs on utility poles and streetlights for things such as garage sales, lost pets and business promotions.

These signs are often never removed and quickly litter the visual landscape. They detract from the appearance of neighborhoods as they fade and blow away, leaving behind tape, staples, nails, and other materials. They can sometimes present hazards for motorists and pedestrians if they block the view or obstruct walkways.

“We are asking residents for assistance,” says Public Works Director Justin Ezell. “Please help keep your neighborhood clean by not posting illegal signs. Your streets will look better and the staff time required to take down the signs can be used for more important projects.”

Recently, the Public Works Department removed more than 1,000 illegal signs during their normal work routine over a ten-week period. Although the program was successful, staff cannot solve the problem without the support of the community. Signs continue to be posted illegally throughout the City, requiring valuable staff time to remove them, and leaving streetlight and utility poles in an unsightly condition. Residents are being called upon to contribute to the solution by not posting illegal signs in public areas.

For more information, contact Ezell at or call (925) 671-3231.

Yes, I do June 25, 2014 at 10:08 AM

If the signs are still up after the date, fine them. It’s easy because usually the address is on the sign and I’m sure the city has the name for the address. That way it can at least generate income to pay the city workers for their time, and the police who sleep in their cars at night.

nytemuvr June 25, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign…..long-hairded freaky person.

Eric S. June 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM

All that trash pales in comparison to the amount of junk mail the USPS imposes on us on a daily basis.

fine the culprit June 25, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Nice that the taxpayer pays people to go around and pick up illegal garbage. For the commercial signs that have a phone number contact, the city should cite or fine those people. Nothing will change unless the culprits learn that they will pay a price for their offenses.

Don June 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Vote for me signs up forever…Contra Costa County Fair sign still on Kirker pass nearly a month later. Seems city officials need to step up as well.

The Watcher June 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM

I have been sending illegal-sign complaints to Concord Neighborhood Services for years (pics via cell phone with addresses) for business who routinely violate the signage ordinance to little effect (the business keep littering Concord with vehicle-signs, frame-signs and feather-signs — all of which are illegal).

Want to stop pervasive over-signage? Actually take action, Concord… and start with the most common violators. Neighbors see no problem with a yard sale sign when the cell phone shop in the Terminal Center on Clayton has two feather signs, three frame signs and a person waving a sign on any given Saturday (all of which are against code… and, to be fair, that shop is not the only one).

Businesses: Your business isn’t slow because of a lack of signage, it’s because Concord has plenty of ___ (oil change joints, cell phone shops, etc) and installing additional signage (or hiring someone to wave a sign) only shows that you’re not opposed to violating city code to make a buck. Grow up and play by the rules.

Citizens: Pretty much ALL temporary signage is illegal in Concord. Feather signs (the ones on the tall bent poles), A-frame signs… pretty much anything that is nonattached to the building or installed in a very permanent fashion. Even people holding signs on the street is illegal. Send Justin a note.

Incognito June 25, 2014 at 11:04 AM

I agree with #1.
The signs should be taken down by a certain time, and if they are not, issue a fine.

marinemom June 25, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Along with a fine how about they work 1 weekend removing more signs.

Pete V. June 25, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Just the other day noticed two different garage sale signs on same pole still up over 1 week afterwards, both with the address right on there…why can’t they fine these people?

I have put up signs on poles before, but ALWAYS remove ALL of them the same day we’re done with the garage sale. Still “illegal”, but at least I clean them up.

ccat June 25, 2014 at 11:11 AM

OK, if a person lost a pet, what are the other options? Posting in a newspaper is free, but often doesn’t show for days. Where are the public bulletin boards? There is one at Concord Feed and Fuel, and its wonderful, but where else can we post? Or do we assume everyone is parked in front of a computer screen?

Mimi (original) June 25, 2014 at 11:17 AM

@fine the culprit – you’ve got the right attitude, that’s exactly what they should do!!!

RD June 25, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I agree with #1

WC June 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

How about a sign that says “no signs”.

foonman June 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Garage sale signs that hang forever are irritating. I have taken some down and thrown them on the front lawns of the addresses on the sign but they don’t seem to care. When we had a garage sale a few years ago, we counted the signs and only one person put them up and took them down by count. Its so easy and just being a good neighbor. After all, your neighbors have worked all week and look forward to having a quiet weekend at home. Be nice………………

prankster June 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM

fun trick: for garage sale signs left up more than a week, paste over the date on the sign and place a craigslist ad the next week with the address and instructions: “please ring doorbell — starts at 7AM! early birds get the best stuff!”.

Antler June 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Will admit to having a soft spot in my heart for any lost pet sign….if it’s 8×11 and not blocking view at intersection.

For all other code infractions, the Concord Police have charge of ordinance enforcement now, and they are supposed to be out there patrolling our neighborhoods checking on all things wrong or suspicious….always ready to respond to an emergency, too. All they have to do is radio any problem in to the code enforcement division, right?

Vote June 25, 2014 at 11:38 AM

One of the biggest violators of signs being up too long are the political signs for candidates or propositions, etc.
These are supposed to be taken down about 2 or 3 days after the elections, but seldom does that happen. Do they get some kind of a ‘free pass’?

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire June 25, 2014 at 11:50 AM

illegal signs, bad! illegal aliens, good!


livininconcord June 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM

They are not illegal… they are undocumented…

94598 June 25, 2014 at 11:55 AM

I bet half the signs in the pile are council member election signs!!!!

94598 June 25, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Are those two public employees or models? They look sexy

Patty June 25, 2014 at 12:08 PM

What about the DeSaulnier signs? They are still everywhere. The election was June 3. He does this every election. He leaves his signs up for months and months. He even has his signs all over Hercules, and Hercules is not even in his district.

925 hot moma June 25, 2014 at 12:12 PM

@ 94598 after u get past looking at the pile of signs your right those two r kinda sexy

KAD June 25, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Lost or Found pet signs should be OK.

byteme June 25, 2014 at 12:32 PM

you can’t fine them unless you catch them hanging the signs. they could easily say they didn’t put it up.

Dr. Doc, PHD June 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I remove illegal commercial signs whenever I see them posted in the public right of way…. excluding garage sales and lost/found pet notices as they are not commercial per se.

anon June 25, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Track down the sign owners and charge them a litter fine.

superdump June 25, 2014 at 1:10 PM

I couldn’t agree with you more Eric S. The amount of junk mail that I receive on a weekly basis is ridiculous. It all goes straight to the blue recycling bin. Except some round table coupons and my girlfriend always keeps the bed bath and beyond ones! Lol

Diablo June 25, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Too bad it’s not an effort to get rid of illegal people……….

Fcbubba June 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Tell the city fine then they should have a community free website where we can post info etc instead of ignoring the will of the people and paying the police huge pensions and council members free medical for life.

Elwood June 25, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Better yet, let’s decrease the number of illegal aliens!

That's All Folks! June 25, 2014 at 1:38 PM

@ #29 Superdump & #3 Eric S.
You can opt out of junk mail. Google “how to opt out of junk mail” for more info.

Anon June 25, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Forrest Park Swim Club on Mendocino is one of the worst for posting signs where they don’t belong. Someone places handwritten signs on Denkinger @ West on a regular basis. I just simply remove the tacky signs from my neighborhood.
If you see signs which aren’t on private property help Concord by removing them.

Citizen enforcer June 25, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Here’s a question:
Can we, as concerned citizens, take down the signs ourselves and throw them out? Better yet, I think the garage sale ones that are past their dates should be taken down and dropped off on the doorstep of the home listed on the sign!

PO'd June 25, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Don’t let Susan Bonilla hear about it or we’ll have a new state garage sale sign fee.
Maybe the homeless can take them down while they’re are pushing “their” grocery carts around.

tired of taxes June 25, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I’m good with the fine except for the case where someone else (e.g. angry neighbors) puts up a sign with your address on it just so you would be fined.

Unlike the case where an angry neighbor would call your house in to BAAQMD on a no burn day, putting up a sign is totally anonymous (as long as no one else catches you in the act).

NO exception for lost pet signs, then it'll be real estate signs, then June 25, 2014 at 1:54 PM

an exception for lost cars, etc.

Blink June 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM

We buy homes for cash signs or those like them
Predatory signs big fines

Anon June 25, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Why is it surrounding cities such as Clayton and Walnut Creek don’t have this problem? I work in San Ramon and their city is so neat and clean. Unfortunately Concord is looking very dirty. When families come to Concord to look for a home, I’m certain there must be some who don’t bother looking at houses once they see how Concord looks.

AnotherAnon June 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Those A-frame real estate signs placed on the median(island) along busy streets. Because of traffic, one can’t just stop and take them down, so they just stay there, annoying everyone. I’ll not do business with ANY real estate agent using such signs.

Also with #1 June 25, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I don’t mind current and up to date garage sale signs. I think this whole thing is a little overblown, personally. With that said, I think people who leave their signs up a week or two after the sale should be held responsible in some shape or form. It’s the height of laziness to not take 5 minutes to tear down your own sign.

EdiBirsan June 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

As we enter the election season, the number of sign problems will escalate.
I tried to get a code change to tighten up on the problem including reducing the size of political signs but could not get any support for it.

During the political season candidates hire through the sign makers, third parties to plaster areas with their signs. Typical targets are empty lots, closed gas stations, existing real estate signs, light poles in strip malls.
These are done 95% of the time without permission.

I urge everyone to be in contact with land owners especially those with empty lots and with the strip malls to diligently point out the abusive use of their property without permission by the political sign posters and have the signs taken away.

Aspirin June 25, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Concord took seven years to respond to the problem? Hmmm.

Mustang Sally June 25, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Yep. They’re hotties, alright!

Fartsauce June 25, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Also clean up the clandestine used car lot on Detroit Ave. Signs are posted in the vehicles. Why should some get a tax-free business space? If so other law abiding citizens should get some type of tax credit to keep it fair.
No Licensia?
No credito?
Le Pagan in “cash”?
!No Problemo!

Horse n around June 25, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Hotties? Am I looking at the same picture as the rest of you? lol

tired of taxes June 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Besides, if fining for “sign littering” becomes a thing, people will just get smarter in putting up signs; no house numbers, just the street name.

Always Right June 25, 2014 at 5:34 PM

I agree with Edi. Politicians (especially Desaulinier ) are the worst offenders.

All that lobbyist money must get spent I guess.

AldrigeFamily June 25, 2014 at 5:38 PM

So glad I am not the only one that hates it when people leave up their signs. When I take them down the tape sticks and some bright betty on Claudia street though it was great idea to nail thei garage sale sign to several trees, really?

AldrigeFamily June 25, 2014 at 5:41 PM

So that we know, what is the rule regarding signs, all illegal? just wondering

925 hot moma June 25, 2014 at 5:57 PM

YES Hotties !! If they were standing any closer to that pile of paper signs there would be a BONFIRE!!

Julio June 25, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Oh please, Antioch get rid of all those signs. Those wire ones used by candidates are ok for the couple of months but every damn store in the city uses them now and they are all over the place!

... June 25, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Well that explains why I can never find where to drop off the old electronics.

Atticus Thraxx June 25, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Fix the roads. Could give a dang about signs. Pay homeless guys a dime a piece as a bounty or make sign removal a merit badge for scouts. But stop fiddle-farting around and spend some money on our roads.

foonman June 25, 2014 at 8:51 PM

“Undocumented signs”….I just love that………..good one….!

matt June 25, 2014 at 11:40 PM

2 grown men to take down a few signs really?

Han Solo June 26, 2014 at 7:36 AM

How about the city put a bounty on all illegal commercial signs ?
Turn them in a get a reward !

anon June 26, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Atticus don’t give the homeless any ideas. The smart ones will just make signs and turn them in for cash!

Fig Newton June 26, 2014 at 9:24 PM

The City is so Bias,,,,,,,,,,,, Lehmers has the A- Frame sign on the sidewalk,,,,,Not LegalllllllllllllllBut the City collects Tax Base,so that makes it OK??????? How about those Ghetto Sidewalk sales on Monument Blvd,,,,,,,,,,,,,,take 1411 Monument for instance,,those ladies put fold out tables on the City of Concords Precious sidewalk, and sell their wares! Not Legal! you should always have the sidewalks clear of these pesty,Ghetto..sidewalk sales! Monument Blvd is out of control!

actally June 26, 2014 at 11:31 PM

DA, Peterson, Helix and Lawrence had the signs that stayed up the longest. Oh, and one of Ron’s at New Lims for months.

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