Claycord – Talk About Whatever

August 26, 2016 19:10 pm · 41 comments


Happy Friday to all the wonderful citizens in the City of Claycord.

This is a post with no subject, you can talk about whatever you want. If breaking news happens (such a shooting, earthquake, etc.), or you hear about something newsworthy, feel free to post it here.


Claycord – Talk About Politics

August 26, 2016 19:04 pm · 94 comments


This post is “Talk About Politics”.

Please use this post to talk about politics, and keep politics out of the “whatever” thread.

Thank you, and be kind to each other.



This special post is “Talk About LOCAL Politics”.

Please use this post to talk about LOCAL politics, and keep state and national politics out of this thread.

Thank you, and be kind to each other.



The Clayton Historical Society Museum will have a new Clayton Valley Railroad Exhibit, which is scheduled to open this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Clayton Museum – located at 6101 Main Street, Downtown Clayton.

The Exhibit will run from August 28th – through December 2016.

Please click on the flyer for more information.


A Claycordian wrote to us this week, and wanted to voice their opinion on offensive bumper stickers.

So, we decided to post their letter….

Hi Claycord. Love the website. I wanted to see what people think about offensive and vulgar bumper stickers.

I’ve seen so many throughout the years, but lately it seems like there has been an increase. I know free speech….blah, blah, blah, but come on, have a little respect for the people and children around you. While driving on Clayton Rd. the other day, I saw a bumper sticker that said something like “If you don’t like how I drive, then go f&*k yourself”. However, the word was actually written out.

Another recently showed a stick figure family with a mom and dad who were in the process of having sex.

Why do people feel the need to put things like this on their cars and trucks? I just don’t get it, but I think things like this have no place in our world.

Claycordians, what do you think? Are you offended by vulgar bumper stickers, or do you just ignore them?


The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

If you don’t have insurance, and in some cases, even if you do have insurance, medication prices are through the roof.

What is the highest price you’ve ever paid for medication, and do you think the prices should be lowered for life-saving medication, such as the EpiPen.

Talk about it….


The Concord Senior Center is sponsoring two workshops in September during Fall Prevention Awareness Month.  Both workshops will be held at the center, 2727 Parkside Circle.

The first workshop is set for Thursday, Sept. 15 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and is entitled “Falling Down is Often Life Changing – Learn How to Maintain Your Independence.” Falls are not an inevitable part of aging.  Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma. Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence. The workshop is presented by Alayne Balke, Fall Prevention Program Manager of Fall Prevention of Contra Costa.

Physical Therapist Linda Meneken presents “A Walking Safely Workshop” on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Meneken will lead an interactive presentation, increasing awareness and knowledge on fall prevention principles through group participatory discussion.  More than one-third of adults fall every year, suffering severe, life-threatening injuries. Every 18 seconds, a senior visits the emergency room for a fall. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for seniors.

Seating is limited; the workshop fee is $3.  Register at or for more information contact Program Coordinator Dario Sanchez at (925) 671-3017.


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The number of people younger than 25 who are coming to the Golden Gate Bridge to commit suicide has increased five-fold in the past 14 years, and Bridge District officials are announcing a plan to reach them.

The District is partnering with Crisis Text Line, a national nonprofit that provides free, 24/7 texting to people in crisis.



Congressman Mark DeSaulnier today announced the second annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an app competition for U.S. high school students.

High school students who live or attend school in California’s 11th Congressional District are invited to create and submit their own software application (“app”) for mobile, tablet, or other computing devices on a platform of their choice.

“I am excited to announce the kickoff of our 2016 Congressional App Challenge. This competition provides a unique opportunity for high school students to demonstrate their STEM skills. I invite students from across California’s 11th Congressional District to join their peers throughout the nation in showcasing the creativity of our young programmers,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

The Challenge submission period will run from August 25, 2016 through November 2, 2016. Congressman DeSaulnier will recognize the submissions at a special ceremony in his District Office and the winner will be selected by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The winning app from California’s 11th Congressional District will be featured on the House of Representatives website with the winning apps from other Congressional districts.

Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. By encouraging and recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.

The Internet Education Foundation will be serving as the operational “sponsor” of the CAC. For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit



The Concord Police Department conducted a pedestrian safety enforcement operation on Aug.23 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., as part of the department’s ongoing efforts to increase public awareness of pedestrian and bicycle safety.

This operation utilized an officer operating as a “decoy” while walking in well-marked crosswalks with uniformed officers nearby observing. Uniformed officers concentrated on vehicles not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks, pedestrian violations, bicycle violations and other vehicle code violations.

The locations of these operations were Willow Pass Rd. at San Vicente Dr. and Clayton Rd. at Ashbury Dr.

The results of the enforcement are as follows:

  • 51 Vehicles stopped
  • 32 Drivers cited for a variety of vehicle code violations
  • 13 Pedestrians cited for vehicle code violations

These enforcement efforts were funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.



A woman had her laptop computer stolen while waiting for the BART train on Wednesday evening, according to BART Police.

The victim reported the theft to police at the Walnut Creek station at 6:30 p.m.

She says the theft occurred while she was sitting on platform number one.

The victim set the laptop next to her and noticed it was gone about 10 minutes later.

No suspect information is currently available.


The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

If you had to go out to eat dinner at any restaurant in Claycord, where would you go?

Talk about it….



Bradburn Dentistry is hosting a FREE Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday morning from 10-1 in Downtown Clayton.

They’ll be giving FREE Oral Cancer Screenings, Fluoride Treatments, Oral Hygiene Demonstrations and Blood Pressure Checks.

Participants include the Oral Cancer Foundation, Diabetes Association, Momentum Fitness, Coflin Chiropractor, Empower Nutrition, and the American Red Cross, who will be hosting a Blood Drive (go to with sponsor code: “Clayton” to make your appointment).

Also, you and your family can take part in the FREE 5K Fun Run. The Run starts at 9am (before the fair). Please pre-register because space is limited. Send an email to to register.

They’ll have Refreshments, Raffles and Prizes including a Sonic Care System and teeth whitening.

The fair is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 6123 Main St. in Clayton (5K Fun Run starts at 9 a.m.)

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The Contra Costa County coroner’s office identified an Antioch woman who died after a collision on state Highway 24 Wednesday morning as 24-year-old Trista Allen.

Allen worked at Diablo Ink Tattoo in Pleasant Hill, according to an employee at the shop.

According to her Facebook profile, Allen had also worked at St. Dorothy’s Episcopal Camp and Retreat in Sonoma County. She graduated from Antioch High School in 2010 and studied at Los Medanos College.

The coroner’s office said that she died of natural causes related to a medical event that precipitated the crash.

California Highway Patrol officials said Allen was traveling west on Highway 24 just west of Acalanes Road in a Nissan Altima at about 8:45 a.m. when she apparently suffered the medical event and veered to the right and hit the left side of a Nissan truck.

The Altima drifted back to the left and came to rest in the center median. Allen died after being transported to John Muir Medical Center.


Money will be available starting Friday morning for roughly 1,500 Bay Area homeowners and landlords to help them upgrade their wood-burning heating devices with cleaner ones to reduce winter air pollution, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said today.

The program will open at 10 a.m. at and (415) 749-5195.

Homeowners and landlords can apply online or call the phone number to give information to someone who will fill out the online application for the person, spokesman Tom Flannigan said.

The money is available on a first-come, first-served basis, air district officials said.

Landlords and homeowners can install an electric heat pump or natural gas or propane stove or insert, which looks like a gas stove but is installed inside a fireplace.

“This program is really about removing wood burning devices from our region,” Flannigan said.

The cleaner devices are designed to be the home’s chief heating source.

The air district’s board approved $3 million for the program. Funding for a project can range from $750 to $12,000 depending on the type of device, air district officials said.

Groups that are considered heavily impacted such as low-income households and people living in rural areas where natural gas is not available are eligible for additional money.

Some rural areas that may qualify are rural Marin County, western San Mateo County and parts of Sonoma County, Flannigan said.

Households whose sole source of heat is a wood-burning device are also eligible for the program.

That’s important because starting Nov. 1, those households must use an Environmental Protection Agency-approved device, a pellet-burning device or install a gas or propane device, Flannigan said.

The households also must register with the air district, he said.

In the past, homes with a wood-burning device as the sole source of heat were exempt from a ban on wood burning during a winter Spare the Air Alert.

Households can also get money to make a fireplace inoperable, or in other words make it decorative. Homeowners do not have to tear the chimney down or remove the fireplace.

Fireplaces tend to be the dirtiest and least efficient sources of heat. Fireplaces don’t have any filters and heat radiates only a short distance from the hearth, Flannigan said.

Homeowners and landlords must own a residential property in the air district’s jurisdiction to be eligible. Applicants must also apply and get approval to proceed.

Projects completed before the air district approves the project are not eligible, air district officials said.

Residents and landlords are encouraged to apply as soon as possible because the money is expected to go quickly.

Starting in 2008, air district officials offered money for new gas, pellet or EPA-certified fireplaces or wood stoves. This latest program offers money for only non-wood burning devices.


Three more Bay Area counties are facing class action lawsuits for the cost of phone calls to and from jails, an expensive process that critics argue unfairly burdens inmates’ families by making them pay excessive fees to keep in touch with loved ones.

A group of attorneys who have already filed several lawsuits on the matter in Southern California filed their fourth lawsuit in the Bay Area this week. The attorneys first sued San Mateo County on Aug. 8, then filed suits in federal court against Santa Clara County on Thursday, Contra Costa County on Friday and Alameda County on Monday.

The counties contract private companies to operate the phone systems in jails. All inmates making calls from jail must use it. Because of the closed system, the companies can charge whatever they want and pay the county thousands of dollars for the contract, the suits argue.

Under California law, revenue gathered from the phone systems must be deposited into an inmate welfare fund for education and rehabilitation programs. If not needed for that purpose the funds can go to jail maintenance.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs argue that much, and possibly most, of that fund goes to jail maintenance and not rehabilitation programs.




Golden Gate National Recreation Area officials are offering suggestions to celebrate Founder’s Day on Thursday, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

All park fees will be waived from Thursday through Sunday in honor of the anniversary, although user fees still apply for the Alcatraz Island ferry and the Muir Woods shuttle.

At, Bay Area residents and visitors can find a park that fits their interests, park officials said.

There are more than 10 national park sites throughout the Bay Area such as the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Marin, the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historic Park in Richmond and the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site in Danville.

Other popular national park sites in the region include Muir Woods National Monument and Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, according to park officials.

A Golden Gate National Recreation Area iPhone app allows visitors to explore lesser-known parts of the recreation area such as the hiking trails of Rancho Corral de Tierra in San Mateo County and the historic WWII fortifications in the Marin Headlands.

Park officials suggest taking public transit to visit park sites.

Visitors to Muir Woods should plan ahead for crowds. The Muir Woods shuttle operates weekends and holidays through Oct. 30.

A program for fourth-graders allows them and their families to visit national parks for free for a year through the Every Kid in a Park program.

The program provides a pass to all federal lands and waters.


Detectives from the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff have recovered most of the items that were stolen during two burglaries that occurred at a home on Alhambra Valley Rd. in unincorporated Martinez last month.

After the burglaries, the Investigation Division received several anonymous email tips and voice messages on the tip line indicating the location of the stolen property. Detectives went to the location and found numerous bronze statues, whiskey decanters, and other items that were stolen from the residence, according to the Office of the Sheriff.

Detectives subsequently executed three search warrants at locations in the El Sobrante area and found more stolen property.

Detectives arrested 49-year-old Charles Somers of San Pablo for possession of stolen property in connection with the burglaries, according to the Office of the Sheriff. In addition, Somers, a parolee, is being held on a parole violation. Somers is currently in custody at the county jail without bail.


Watch this video, it’s a 1966 Trains & Railroads Documentary that talks about the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).

“The smoothest, quickest, quietest, safest ride you ever took to work, or anywhere else”


ABOUT THE CLAYCORD ONLINE MUSEUM: The Claycord Online Museum is made up of historical photos, documents & anything else that has to do with the history of our area.

If you have any old photos or items that you’d like to place in the Claycord Online Museum, just scan or take a photo of them, and send them to the following address: It doesn’t matter what it is, even if it’s just an old photo of your house, a scan of an old advertisement or an artifact that you’d like us to see, send it in and we’ll put it online!

Click on the tag below titled “Claycord Online Museum” to view other items.