PIC: The Franquette Ave. Dumping Ground

July 10, 2014 15:00 pm · 37 comments


Franquette Ave. in Concord has turned into a dumping ground for unwanted items.

This isn’t the first time we’ve posted about the illegal dumping at this location, and it probably won’t be the last.

If you see somebody dumping their items illegally, call the police, take a picture or get a license plate number.

Cynthia July 10, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Police don’t care/respond. I observed a van no plates dumping a matress and other garbage, called PD, finished dumping followed, let dispatch know, 30 mins later, no PD. Waste of my time. Wrote letter to CCTimes. Why report if nothing is done. You think you are doing the right thing and end up wasting time.

R July 10, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Or better yet, call the council members, Edi Birsan, Laura Hoffmeister, Dan Helix, Tim Grayson, and Ron Leone at 671-3000 and tell them that you are sick of this.

EliteGuy July 10, 2014 at 4:03 PM

LOL @ wholefoods idea. foodmaxx is more befitting for the citizens of concord.

Easy n Free Works July 10, 2014 at 4:07 PM

An for those who are law abiding, to drop off at a local garbage transfer station the minimum charge is $25.00,
Mattress and Box Spring Twin Size 19.00 EACH,
Mattress and Box Spring Larger Than Twin Size $28.00 EACH.

Can remember years back when there was an annual Spring Clean UP. Worked well, neighbors even competed with each other, reduced number of blighted properties, that is until garbage companies conned cities into a customer has to call for the service.

Oakland had problems with massive illegal dumping.
So Oakland goes back to a way that works.

What about it Concord City Council?

Mary July 10, 2014 at 4:17 PM

I agree with Cynthia.
The Concord Police are apathetic and slow.
What do you expect from public servants?
Every city dept is full of lazy apathetic workers.
And our council members want lifetime medical coverage after 5 years for doing a job that should be done by volunteers. Except Edi Birsan, they are so full of themselves. He is the only one I respect.

Illegal dumps are increasing to no surprise as that’s how people behave in third world countries.
Get used to more of it as our demographics change.
Have you used noticed the increase in graffiti too?
Starting to look like LA
The graffiti crew is not very responsive either.
Our city workers are the worst.

LZ July 10, 2014 at 4:39 PM

I work in this area and often go jogging on the Monument Trail, using the pedestrian 242 underpass off of Franquette. It is a great trail to use, but I have to say that the underpass is extremely unpleasant (trash, graffiti, drug paraphernalia, urine) and is not the safest place to go running. It is a shame that such a nice recreational resource in our city gets trashed.

down and out July 10, 2014 at 4:43 PM


I didn’t read any mention of Whole Foods in the comments. Did a post get deleted??

Don't wast your time July 10, 2014 at 4:44 PM

when I lived out on Morgan Territory Road there were always Peuking Maggots dumping their trash along the road. I called the Sherriff after finding addressed envelopes and documents in a pile of trash. He said he couldn’t do anything without actually seeing the dumping take palce. When I suggested that I might mail the crapp back to the moron who dumped it, he said that I would be guilty of harrassment and mail fraud.

[Insert User name here] July 10, 2014 at 4:58 PM

thanks fer lettin me kno about this location! i just cleaned out a foreclosure and it was a mess! plus gotta keep dumping costs down,, now i wait till dusk. cya

Anon July 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM

This happens on the corner of grant and overhill as well. A few weeks back there was a couch on the corner for over a week and a half. I dont understand why people do this. Take care of your own trash!

anonanonagain July 10, 2014 at 5:38 PM

People dump because they can. Also they don’t have any dignity, backbone or moral integrity. Trash who dump their trash……

Best Kept Secret July 10, 2014 at 5:39 PM

The City of Concord needs to do a better job of letting people know who to call when citizens see trash dumped on city sidewalks or on the street.

It’s my understanding that if you call Public Works, they will handle it pretty quickly. Especially if any of the trash poses any kind of traffic hazard.

Here’s the number to call: 671-3448 (between 7am–3:30pm).

If you see trash under freeway overpasses you need to fill out a form on-line at: DOT.CA.gov

Kirkwood July 10, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Franquette has been a dumping ground for decades. It would take a nearly full time crew to pick up all the trash dumped in and around town each day. How much are you willing to pay?

et-al July 10, 2014 at 5:47 PM

If this isn’t how you want your town run DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Your apathy feeds the monster!

Deduct $50 from Welfare payments July 10, 2014 at 6:28 PM

but include a $50 dump voucher with the check.

@R July 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Laura doesn’t accept calls from citizens. You have to go to a council mtg to talk to her per her.

Cynthia July 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

@et al so you are saying if I see someone dumping matress/ garbage I should take care of it…… sorry I already pick up trash each morning @ Markham Nature Park. I draw the line @ trying to huck someone else’s matress in my vehicle and pay 25 or more @ the dumps. HELLO? Are you for real?

Always Right July 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM

You can bet with almost 100% certaintity the person who did this is a product of our local public school system. Probably can’t spell worth a dam either.

I live in Oakland July 10, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Oakland stopped the program recently. There were too many people coming from other cities taking advantage of the program. There was a news story on it and they interviewed a woman coming to dump her crap and she did not even live in Oakland. The dumpsters got so overwhelmed with other people’s junk they decided to stop the program.

Antler July 10, 2014 at 9:08 PM

#12 …. Thank you for the contact info! Just this morning, my husband and I noticed a great deal of litter at what we call the “primitive campground” on the Concord Avenue/hwy.242 on-ramp right-of-way between ABBA storage and Chili’s. Cut down those hidey-place bushes in the right-of-way…..problem solved! It looks as though that triangle must belong under CalTrans authority, though….not city?

et-al July 10, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Cynthia –
Nice work doing what you do but you seem a bit short-sighted. The point is to take grass roots civil action. Find some like-minded people and raise hell with your city leaders. Don’t stop until you force changes. That’s how it’s done.
I’d do it if I lived in Concord.
Hello are you that slow witted!

Hmmm July 10, 2014 at 9:50 PM


I once made the same discovery when I was living on a street that had a problem with trash dropping trash.

A Concord PD officer made sure to visit the address on the mail. Never saw those folks again…

I also witnessed a guy throwing his booze bottle into the bushes as he drove by, so I followed him to see where he was going. I returned to the bushes to see that there was two large plastic bags worth of bottles. That night I left those trash bags on his porch with a letter informing him the PD had his address and license plate number. never saw him again either…

EdiBirsan July 10, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Report it to public works is the place.
Have relayed the info here.
You have to jump on this right away.

I will ask about the situation that Cynthia ran into. You have to also remember that PD may have other priorities going on.


ConcordMike July 10, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Thanks for chiming in Ed. It would be nice to see more comments from council here.

OneWhoKnows July 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Concord Public Works knew about it before post #3 but it was too late in the day to do anything about it. The city has a contract with Concord Disposal to pickup trash like this at no charge. Concord Disposal will try to get it the same day if they receive the request before 11am. If the request is made after that time, they will get it the next day. As you can see from the time that the Mayor posted this item (1500 = 3:00pm) it was too late for it to be picked up today.

Anon July 11, 2014 at 12:40 AM

They also dump on Bailey Road.

Double or Triple Fines July 11, 2014 at 5:46 AM

@Edi Birsan. #24. Do you happen to know if anyone ever gets caught for littering? And if they do, are they fined? Can Concord make the fines higher?

I noticed at a recent council meeting that you advocated for higher fines for graffiti. Thank you for addressing the issue of blight. You seem to be the only city counsel member that seems to care about this.

smile July 11, 2014 at 5:53 AM

Why not put some of the excess cameras that are put up at intersections to catch these slobs in action…….good for the wall artists also.

One man's garbage July 11, 2014 at 6:33 AM

Is another man’s treasure. Maybe folks think just because I no longer want/need it, maybe someone else will use. it.

Bailey needs a good clean up and a cop to catch the speeders who pass on a double yellow.

wow July 11, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Some people have no shame.

What? July 11, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Laura H. the city council member has a phone in her office paid for by us the citizens of Concord, and she doesn’t take our calls? Who the heck do these city council people think they are? Forget Leone, I already know what he’s like, and have no comment.
I’m sick of this what do we have to do to be able to vote our council members in and elect our Mayor?

All I can say is July 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM

demographics my friends. Demographics. Don’t see this in Lafayette, Moraga, Danville do you?

Another case in point, the litter in Concord and the bay area as whole is ridiculous. Just did a big circle trip thru NorCal, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada and once you get out of the bay area litter seems to diminish. I was surprised at how clean the freeways, highways and streets are once you get up around the Shasta area and out of state. I think it really says something about the bay area and central CA in general. Sad

macawlady July 11, 2014 at 11:10 AM

This is a problem for us in Pacheco, too, but we are County. Who can we call? Thanks in advance for any info.

jtkatec July 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Are there any businesses who have video survellaince on this street?

David July 11, 2014 at 2:46 PM

I would love to run for City Council but I have been told don’t bother because I don’t have enough money. I have lived in concord for my whole life and really like the city. I also run my own business. It is just a shame that is is turning into a dumping place and a gang controlled city.

Silva July 11, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Wasn’t there an article a few months ago about Concord contracting with some entity to clean up illegal dumps for @ $500,000 per year?

EdiBirsan July 11, 2014 at 8:44 PM

@27 Code Enforcement deals with some of the garbage in property, have not heard of a fine for littering being issued.

The city general phone is 671 2489, public works is 671-3448

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