Concord Blvd. near Hames Dr. (just northwest of Ayers, going towards Kirker Pass) in Concord is closed after a utility truck crashed into a power pole and overturned.

Power lines are down, and injuries have been reported, although we’re hearing the injuries are not life-threatening.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

Thanks to all the Claycordians for the photos shown above.

Please use caution if you’re in the area.

UPDATE, 10:32am: About 40 people are without power in the area. PG&E says power could be restored by 6:30 tonight.

UPDATE, 11:05am: Concord Police say Concord Blvd. will be closed between Ayers & Trail Creek for the next 6-8 hours. Use Clayton Rd. as a detour.

UPDATE, 11:05am: Several Claycordians reported the crash involved an Astound truck, however, Concord Police say it was actually a PG&E truck.

UPDATE, 11:45am: It was originally reported that this was an Astound truck after three Claycordians said the truck belonged to Astound, then Concord Police said the truck was a PG&E truck. Now PG&E is saying it’s not one of their trucks.


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Look at that, Concord Police K9 “Yogi” has a nice new vest!

The following information on the very important “Cover Your K9″ program is from the Concord Police K9 Association:

The ‘Cover Your K9’ program exists within the “Police and Working K-9 Foundation”. This volunteer group is dedicated to ensuring that communities in California will be able to provide support for their hard-working Law Enforcement canine teams.

Each year the Cover Your K9 program works with Pet Food Express to help raise money for their cause. This money goes directly towards purchasing safety equipment for the K9’s. This equipment includes; bulletproof and stab resistant vests, K9 trauma kits, patrol vehicle heat sensors, K9 emergency medicine training for handlers and funding to help with Emergency Veterinary Care for retired police K9’s.

The Concord Police Canine Association is proud to partner with The Police and Working K-9 Foundation and Pet Food Express to help promote this cause.

As a result, our K9 teams have directly benefited from this program, supplying ALL of our K9’s with bulletproof vests and K9 trauma kits for our patrol vehicles. Recently the Concord/Clayton Pet Food Express store received our newest vest for K9 Yogi! K9 Yogi is now out on patrol with his new safety gear.

If you would like to support this organization to help purchase bulletproof vest for police K9’s please visit their website,

The Concord Police K9 Association has been continuously operating since 1965. Since the unit’s inception, the City of Concord has purchased over 80 Police Service Dogs for use in patrol and drug detection to help keep our community safe. The Concord Police K9 Association is a non- profit public charity recognized under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax ID # 47-1428319.

Thank you for your continued support!

photos: (top) Pet Food Express employees with Yogi’s new vest – (bottom) Concord Police K9 Yogi wearing his new vest.



Below is the list of candidates running for City Council in Concord, Clayton, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill & Martinez.

Note: The list also includes the candidates running for Mayor of Martinez.


  • Patrick Hogoboom (At-Home Parent)
  • Tim Grayson (Mayor of Concord)
  • Harmesh Kumar (Psychologist/Entrepreneur)
  • Adam Foster (City Planner)
  • Brent Trublood (Teacher)
  • Terry Kremin (Teacher, Scientist)
  • Ron Leone (Concord Vice-Mayor, Principal)
  • Laura Hoffmeister (Concord City Councilmember)
  • Nick Lynch (Industrial Packaging Sales)


  • David “Shoe” Shuey (Incumbent)
  • Keith Haydon (No Ballot Designation)
  • Alyse Smith (Postgraduate Student)


  • Cindy Silva (Councilmember/Mayor/Businesswoman)
  • Rich Carlston (Community Leader/Attorney)


  • Sue Noack (Financial Businesswoman)
  • Jack Weir (Incumbent)
  • Dorothy Englund (Retired CPA/Auditor)
  • Michael Harris (Councilmember/Educator/Optometrist


  • Debbie Billecci McKillop (Sheriff’s Forensic Manager)
  • Mike Alford (No Ballot Designation)
  • Michael Menesini (Criminal Prosecutor/Councilmember)
  • Laura Delaney (City Councilmember)
  • Mark Thomson (Retired IT Manager)


  • Rob Schroder (Mayor of Martinez)
  • Gay Gerlack (Small Business Owner)

The election is scheduled for Tuesday November 4, 2014.



On Saturday night just after 9pm, two female victims reported that a male suspect seated in the bus zone followed them toward the station and attempted to speak with them while masturbating, police said.

The victims contacted an officer who was on patrol in the station and pointed out the suspect.

The victims made a citizen’s arrest and the man was taken into custody. A quantity of prescription narcotics was found in the man’s possession, police said.

The suspect was issued a prohibition order and was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility for indecent exposure and possession of narcotics.

The suspect’s identity has not been released at this time.



Trees, plants and shrubs will go in and out of style in the landscape just like fashion and food trends.

There was once a time when certain plants ruled the nursery, and then suddenly they fell out of favor disappearing from garden center shelves.

One plant family that was huge 20-30 years ago is steadily making a comeback in the nursery world. Much to my surprise, the Oleander started showing up on plant availability lists last year, and now is being spotted on almost every foundation growers availability this year. Landscapes have a demand for drought tolerant, sun loving, deer and gopher resistant, evergreen shrubs that have long periods of bloom. The Oleander shrubs fits the bill perfectly.

Let’s start by saying that every part of an Oleander is poisonous to humans and animals. Ingestion can be fatal. Don’t put branches, leaves or flowers in your mouth. Don’t burn Oleander debris. Don’t use Oleander debris in your compost.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about all the positive features of this family.

Oleander is found in the nursery under its botanical name, Nerium. Growers have begun labeling the Oleander with its botanical name rather than its common name for marketing reasons, considering the stigma that Oleander has had.

Oleander can be a standard or dwarf shrub. Sometimes they are trained as trees. You can expect 8-10 feet of height and width from a mature standard Oleander, making it a desirable installation for a privacy screen, or fence cover. Dwarf shrubs are nice when used as an informal hedge, or focal installation. As a dwarf Oleander matures it can reach 4-6 feet tall and wide.

In the late days of April, Oleander begins to flower and will continuously bloom until November. Cherry Ripe is a standard selection of Oleander with a desirable cherry-pink blossom. Since it’s a standard, Cherry Ripe can grow to 8 feet tall. Petite Pink is a dwarf selection that has a dark pink flower. Petite Pink will row anywhere from 4-6 feet tall. Petite is a yellowish-cream selection. Once you start looking, you’ll find whites, salmons, and light pink Oleander as well.

Mature Oleander needs no summer water. It can however tolerate irrigation when incorporated with in a traditional landscape. Extended periods of frost can nip the branches of dwarf selections. Don’t worry if this happens to yours, recovery is slow, but as spring warms, you’ll see signs of growth.

Happy Gardening.

Nicole Hackett is the Garden Girl at R&M Pool, Patio and Gardens, located at 6780 Marsh Creek Road in Clayton, 925-672-0207.

Nicole writes for the Clayton Pioneer Newspaper, and She is also the Clayton Valley Garden Club 2012 President.



The Concord Police Department conducted a DUI Checkpoint on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., as part of The City of Concord’s commitment to public safety.

This checkpoint was one of many that have been or will be conducted throughout the year in the City of Concord.  The location of Saturday’s checkpoint was on Clayton Road near Ayers Road.

The goal of the DUI Checkpoint was to bring awareness to the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and remove impaired drivers from the roadway.

The results of the DUI Checkpoint were as follows:

  • 349 Vehicles passed through the checkpoint
  • 345 Drivers Screened at the checkpoint
  • 5 DUI Suspects Arrested
  • 7 Field sobriety tests conducted
  • 1 Child Endangerment Arrest

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

Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911!


A dog has died after an attack at the Baldwin Park Dog Park in Concord, according to the victim’s owner.

Here’s the story from the owner….

I wanted to share an experience I had last weekend at Baldwin Dog Park located in Downtown Concord Saturday evening.

Shortly after I arrived at the park my friends small dog was bit in the face, by a large breed dog (not pitbull). Although my friend’s dog turned out to be ok, before we could react my small dog was attacked by the same dog less than a minute later.

There were at least 8-10 other small breeds around my dog at the time. The moment happened as quick as lightning. There was no time to react.

A nice couple helped me get the info from the dog’s owner as we rushed to the car trying to get my dog to urgent care as soon as possible (I’m sad to say he did not make it).

I decided to file a report with Animal Control in hopes that this dog would be evaluated and put on certain public safety restrictions if necessary. I wish no harm to this dog, I just wanted to ensure this didn’t happen again and that other dogs and people would be safe.

After speaking with Animal Control, it turns out that because we were at a public “enclosed off leash dog park” both parties are considered responsible for the attack (if we were outside the fence it would be a different outcome). A report has been filed against the dog and its owner but apparently nothing will be done unless there are prior cases on file with this dog.

I will be solely responsible for the medical expenses. I really don’t care about the money, my concern with this entire situation is that that potentially dangerous dogs are allowed to enter these dog parks and are somehow protected by law within the “enclosed fenced area”. It just doesn’t seem right to me.

I wanted to share my story on Claycord to make others aware of the potential risks when you enter a dog park. I used to think it was a great place to socialize your pet. I no longer feel that way.

That’s just awful. So sorry to hear about your dog.

Baldwin Park is currently closed. It is unknown if this attack has anything to do with the closure.



Click on the photo above to read the weekly update from the City of Pleasant Hill.



The Clayton Police Weekly Activity Report:

The times shown indicate when the incident was reported to the PD.

The dates and times shown indicate when the incident was reported to the Police Department.


  • None reported.


  • Stranahan Cr.  Battery on Spouse/Cohabitant/Etc.  A 33-year-old Clayton male was arrested after officers responded to a call for service.  He was transported to Concord jail for booking.  (8/10/14 – 1016 hrs.)
  • 5400 Clayton Rd.  False Identification to a Peace Officer; ProbationViolation.  A
  • 26-year-old Pleasant Hill female was arrested after being contacted by officers.  She was transported to Concord jail for booking.  (8/12/14 – 0404 hrs.)
  • Clayton Rd./Peacock Creek.  Reckless Driving.  An 18-year-old Clayton male was arrested after being stopped for Vehicle Code violations.  He was transported to Concord jail for booking.  (8/12/14 – 1940 hrs.)
  • Main St.  Warrant.  A 39-year-old Clayton male was arrested after being stopped for Vehicle Code violations.  He was transported to Concord jail for booking.  (8/13/14 – 1713 hrs.)
  • 6000 Heritage Tr.  Warrant.  A 32-year-old Clayton female was arrested after being contacted by officers.  She was transported to Concord jail for booking.  (8/14/14 – 1316 hrs.)


  • W. Myrick Ct.  Burglary – Residential.  (08/12/14 – 2132 hrs.)
  • Atchinson Stage Rd.  Burglary – Residential.  (08/12/14 – 2242 hrs.)
  • Kirker Pass Rd.  Petty Theft – Vehicle.  (08/13/14 – 1800 hrs.)


  • Clark Creek Cr.  (08/13/14 – 1301 hrs.)





Thanks to Nicole for sharing these cute photos of a mother turkey and her children, who were out & about in Claycord.

No dinner or Thanksgiving jokes please.


With a 30-1 vote, the California State Senate approved AB 2198 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) to assure that psychologists, therapists, social workers, and counselors are trained to assess, treat, and refer suicidal individuals.

“This legislation will save lives,” said Levine. “AB 2198 is based on the recommendations of experts in suicide prevention. When mental health professionals are trained to detect and treat suicidal patients and clients, they will be better prepared to deal with these difficult situations. This bill will reduce the number of suicides in California.”

Over the last decade suicide rates in California have increased. In 2012, the most recent year in which data is available, there were nearly 4,000 suicide deaths — the highest number in the previous 20 years. Among Californians age 10-65, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death.

“AB 2198 will make the difference between life and death for some patients. In this case, time is not money, it is lives,” said Craig Lomax, a parent advocate for suicide prevention. “We cannot afford to wait for these professions to gradually admit to insufficient training and make adjustments.”

Almost 45% of those who die by suicide have seen a mental health professional in the year prior to their deaths, with about 20 percent having seen such a professional in the month prior to their deaths.

“By creating standards for suicide prevention training for specified mental health professionals, we can ensure that these mental health professionals (who provide services to individuals living with mental illness) are in a position to identify and address potential signs that the patient is at risk of death by suicide,” said Jessica Cruz, MPA/HS, Executive Director of National Alliance on Mental Health California.

Other states have enacted similar laws. Washington and Kentucky have passed similar legislation. AB 2198 will apply to psychologists, marriage and family therapists, education psychologists, clinical social workers, and clinical counselors. The “National Strategy for Suicide Prevention” recommends this type of training.


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A state agency this week ordered local water agencies to enforce mandatory statewide water restrictions implemented because of California’s severe drought, the California Public Utilities Commission Announced.

The CPUC is requiring local water districts to alert customers to restrictions adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board within 10 days in local newspapers and on websites and to directly notify customers by mail or email within 20 days, the CPUC said.

The mandatory restrictions adopted by the state on July 15 include prohibiting the use of drinking water for outdoor landscapes causing runoff; using a hose without an automatic shutoff nozzle to wash cars; using drinking water to wash driveways and sidewalks; and using drinking water in a decorative fountain.

The state has also limited outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes to two days a week. Violations of the prohibited actions are punishable with a fine of up to $500 per day, the CPUC said.

The local agencies must also keep track of their progress in enforcing the mandatory water use restrictions and report to the state board by the 15th of each month beginning in October, the CPUC said.

This week two Bay Area districts passed new mandatory restrictions on water use. The East Bay Municipal Utility District passed similar mandatory restrictions to the state while the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission passed some restrictions on outdoor irrigation but stopped short of the statewide restrictions.

Neither mandatory reduction by the local agencies carried any immediate penalties, with EBMUD opting for an educational campaign. The SFPUC is set to discuss possible penalties at a meeting later this month.

In addition, Gov. Jerry Brown has asked all Californians to make a voluntary 20 percent reduction in water use but EBMUD and the SFPUC have each only asked customers for a 10 percent reduction.



This week, lawmakers in California voted to place a $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot.

Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) voted in favor of the bond and issued the following statement.

“The legislature’s vote to bring a new water bond to the voters was critical, as our state faces a severe drought crisis and needs to replace and upgrade aging infrastructure. I supported the bond because it will meet the needs of the Delta region, Northern California, and our state as a whole. This is a fiscally responsible measure that focuses on projects including drought relief, groundwater cleanup, water recycling, and drinking water cleanup. This bond is neutral on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, and no funds will be used for the Delta Tunnels or tunnel mitigation projects. The bond also includes funding for the Delta Conservancy. I thank Senator Lois Wolk for her leadership and tireless efforts to ensure the concerns of the Delta region were heard during bond negations.”

To read more about the water bond, please click ON THIS LINK (external link).



A 19-year-old soldier is back home in Martinez today after returning from a tour in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Spc. Jeremy Scott, who served his first deployment in Afghanistan over the past nine months, emerged from a plane at San Francisco International Airport to an emotional welcome from his closest family and friends, and a group of United Service Organization, or USO, members.

His mom, the first person Scott saw when he got off the plane, ran up to give him a hug.

“There were some tears — definitely tears of joy,” he said. “Coming home to see family and friends and people I didn’t even know supporting me was amazing,” said Scott.

A convoy of about seven motorcyclists from the military support organization Warriors Watch Riders led the car from the airport to Martinez, their American flags flapping in the wind.

Scott said he’s looking forward to catching up with the friends and family members he hasn’t seen for over a year.

He joined the army at 17 years old and headed to Fort Drum in New York for training about a month after graduating from Alhambra High School in Martinez, he said.

Scott was deployed to Afghanistan in October 2013. During his nine-month deployment, the soldier provided security at his army base, where he and his fellow soldiers regularly underwent mortar and rocket attacks, he said.

During his deployment he also lost a friend who was killed by a sniper while serving at a different Afghan base, Scott said.

He said has received several honors for his service in Afghanistan including an Afghanistan campaign medal, an overseas medal, NATO service medal and the more prestigious Army Commendation Medal.

Bryan Carmody, a spokesman for USO Bay Area and part of the organization’s Families of the Fallen Response Team, said seeing the young soldier’s homecoming was the type of happy ending that some military families don’t get.

“In the Families of the Fallen team, I’m usually there when things don’t go well, so to see something like this was amazing,” Carmody said.



A 24-year-old man was arraigned in Martinez on Friday on charges of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, child abuse and driving under the influence in connection with a late-night crash in Concord that killed a 23-year-old woman and her infant daughter and left several children injured.

Gerardo Harquin, who is unlicensed, pleaded not guilty to all charges in Contra Costa County Superior Court in connection with the June 27 crash that left Concord resident Lorena Dominguez and 1-year-old Khloe Duenas dead.

Police say Harquin was driving under the influence around 11 p.m. when he crashed head-on into a car occupied by Dominguez, her 27-year-old boyfriend and daughter on the the Kinne Bridge over-crossing near the former Concord Naval Weapons Station.

The man survived major injuries but Dominguez was pronounced dead at the scene and the girl died of her injuries at a hospital a short time later.

According to police, a 17-year-old boy, 16-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy in Harquin’s car at the time of the crash were taken to
hospitals with moderate injuries and have since been released.

Harquin, who is being held in county jail without bail, is scheduled to return to court in Martinez for a preliminary hearing on Sept.

RELATED STORY: Unlicensed, Alleged Drunk Driver Charged with Murder for Role in Double-Fatal Concord Collision



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The Martinez Police released the booking photo of the woman they say stole a taxi-cab, and drove the wrong way on Hwy.4, causing a crash on Friday morning.

Drugs are believed to be a factor in the incident but an investigation into the collisions is ongoing, according to the CHP.

For more information, and to view a video of the driver going the wrong way on Hwy.4, please click ON THIS LINK.


Claycord – Talk About Whatever

August 15, 2014 19:35 pm · 122 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 as an earthquake), or you hear about something newsworthy, feel free to post it here.


Claycord – Talk About Politics

August 15, 2014 19:30 pm · 231 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!