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Owner of former Cambria base pleads no contest to violating land-use law

The owner of the former Cambria Air Force Base pleaded no contest today to one count of violating land-use law.

Property owner Bernd Schaefers — who was a producer of the 1984 film "The Neverending Story," as well as a 1986 motion picture starring Sean Connery, "The Name of the Rose" — faced two misdemeanor charges involving coastal zone land-use law.

Schaefers, 69, was allegedly responsible for unpermitted renovations on two buildings and a septic system on the property. He will receive no jail time but must pay a $1,000 fine.

The 34-acre property, whose buildings are now deteriorating, was operated by the Air Force from the 1940s until 1980. It has a 360-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountains.

Luther Sherman Akers, who resided on the property, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of illegally disposing hazardous waste — asbestos — and was sentenced Monday to 20 days in County Jail and two years' probation.

Schaefers wasn’t charged with illegal asbestos removal, however.

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