Both the owner and caretaker of a derelict Air Force base near Cambria have been charged with misdemeanor violations of coastal zone land use, according to court documents. Luther Akers, the caretaker of the property, was also charged with felony illegal disposal of hazardous waste. Bernd Schaefers, producer of 1980s movies such as The Never Ending Story and The Name of the Rose, has been the owner of the derelict base since 2005. Both are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 23 at the San Luis Obispo courthouse, a spokesperson for the district attorney said.
“We were called in to evaluate some unpermitted construction at the Cambria radar station,” said Harley Voss, a code enforcement officer for the San Luis Obispo County Planning and Building department. “We referred a request for prosecution to the District Attorney.”
Voss said the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District and the Environmental Protection Agency were also involved in the investigation.
A resident of the former base discovered asbestos in ceiling tiles in the summer of 2007. County and federal officials then raided the base, abandoned by the Air Force in 1980.