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County Roundup


Hackers crippled the city’s Web site Monday in what officials there called a destructive online attack.

Traffic on www

.atascadero.org halted about 3:30 p.m. after a gamers’ organization believed to have originated in Poland changed the design and logos on the site.

Assistant City Manager Jim Lewis said the site is likely to remain hobbled for three to four days. He declined to name the hackers’ organization but said they had hit random Web sites operating from the same software program.

Sensitive city files and information, he said, are stored on a separate server and were not placed at risk.

On Tuesday, a brief explanation displayed under the city seal said the site was down "due to the malicious and unfortunate actions of a member of the Internet community."

It was the first such attack since city officials unveiled the new site in September. The approximately $5,000 redesign included a host of new features — but not sufficiently beefed-up security measures.

"Unfortunately our software had a weakness," Lewis said.

— Stephen Curran

Morro Bay

A Morro Bay man will serve 30 days in jail and pay $15,000 in connection with his boat that sank in the harbor in May.

Evan Hanson, 47, and other boat owners were instructed to remove their boats by the state Fish and Game Department, which said they were illegally moored.

After Hanson failed to comply, his boat, the Voyager, remained in the prohibited area and sank after heavy rain storms.

Hanson was convicted Tuesday of three misdemeanor charges including illegal storage of property in a wildlife area, failure to remove his boat from a wildlife area after being directed to do so and causing water pollution.

He also was convicted of an infraction for abandoning a vessel.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and four years of probation.

If Hanson fails to pay the $15,000 — restitution for the partial cost of removing the boat — he will serve an additional year in jail.

He also faces up to $400 in criminal fines.

— Sona Patel

Paso Robles

The city is holding an informational session on the interchange of Highways 101 and 46 West today.

The session will address the potential of forming a Community Facilities District for the project.

The city has invited property owners in the area to discuss the design for improvements, possible responsibilities of various groups for the $60 million project and how community facility districts are formed.

The session will be at 7 p.m. in the Paso Robles City Hall/Library Conference Center, 1000 Spring St.

— P. Kim Bui

Montaña de Oro

The addition of 40 acres to Montaña de Oro State Park is scheduled to be celebrated by local elected officials and state Parks and Recreation Department personnel Thursday.

The property is at the park entrance west of Pecho Valley Road and was surrounded on three sides by state park land. The land was zoned for a hotel. The deal cost more than $3 million and took three years to put together, said Marla Morrissey of the Morro Estuary Greenbelt Alliance, a Los Osos open space group.

State Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, and county Supervisor Shirley Bianchi are expected to attend the 10 a.m. ceremony. Money for the purchase came from a variety of state and local agencies.

— David Sneed


Pacific Gas and Electric Co. plans to cut power to about 600 homes, motels and businesses in Cambria and San Simeon on Thursday and Friday as it replaces power lines and poles in the area.

Customers from Weymouth Street on the north side of Cambria to Old San Simeon Village will have their service cut off from 2 to 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and again from 2 to 4 a.m. Friday, PG&E reports.

Businesses along Moonstone Beach Drive will have their power cut during the early-morning outages — but not the daylight outage. Power will be cut to the Hearst Castle Visitor Center and the Castle itself, but generator power is expected to allow the state park to remain open.

Helicopters will haul 40 new poles into the area as part of the $1.5 million project centered on an electrical substation on San Simeon Creek Road.

PG&E will host a hospitality room at Cambria Pines Lodge for affected customers. Wireless Internet access and a big-screen television will be available.

— Kathe Tanner