A small earthquake rattled northern San Luis Obispo County at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The temblor — initially measured at magnitude 4.0 but later reduced to 3.8 — was centered 12 miles north of San Simeon, in the same area where the 2003 San Simeon Earthquake was centered and occasional aftershocks have been felt since.
Wednesday’s quake was about three miles underground, USGS officials said.
The quake rattled windows and startled some Cambria residents, but no damage was reported.
— Bert Etling
Paso Robles leaders will review zoning regulations in a plan to reshape the city in September. The Paso Robles City Council set a public study session with the Planning Commission for 7 p.m. Sept. 9 to study the Uptown/Town Centre Specific Plan.
Hearings on whether to approve the first draft of the plan will begin later this summer, according to city staff.
Before tackling those hearings, the council asked city planners to give it example projects to test new zoning regulations that will be applied to the city’s west side in the plan.
— Tonya Strickland
To avoid penalties, unsecured property taxes on vessels, airplanes, farm equipment, and business furniture and fixtures must be paid by Tuesday, according to county Tax Collector Frank Freitas.
Property tax information and options are available at www.slocounty.ca.gov/tax.
Freitas is asking anyone who has questions to call 781-5831.
— Bob Cuddy
Atascadero police are cracking down on seatbelt violations with added enforcement hours through Wednesday.
The added hours, paid for by state and federal grants, are intended to boost enforcement of California’s seatbelt laws as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign.
The fine for the first offense is $144, police officials said.
Atascadero police officers will be out day and night during the campaign.
— Tonya Strickland
This year’s Week of Welcome orientation for Cal Poly will stress the importance of “diversity and respect, health and safety, and positive community relations,” according to university officials.
WOW helps new students make connections with peers, faculty and staff, student clubs and San Luis Obispo businesses to ease the transition to college life.
Key components are discussing alcohol and drug abuse and addiction, stress, depression, suicide, healthy living, positive body image and community awareness.
WOW will be Sept. 15 to 19.
For more information, visit http://studentlife.calpoly.edu/orientation/wow/home/index.asp.
— Nick Wilson