Susan Warnstrom Retires

Thursday, July 5, 2012
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After years working as 4th District Supervisor Joni Gray’s executive assistant, Susan Warnstrom has retired. Warnstrom was active on the board of the Lompoc Housing and Community Development Corporation (LHCDC) since its inception in 2006, serving as its president in 2010. A grand jury report criticized the county government for a lack of oversight of the LHCDC as part of an ongoing investigation of the corporation’s use of funds. Neither Gray nor Warnstrom could be reached for comment about Warnstrom’s retirement.


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Good Riddance to bad rubbish.

BeachFan (anonymous profile)
July 5, 2012 at 3:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is irresponsible reporting - check your facts!

This corrupt corporation was formed in 1990 - not 2006 - according to their tax return!

Sue Warnstrom is just the first person to be "thrown under the bus". Her involvement in LHCDC and the ongoing reporting of this incident and her position as the assistant to the 4th District Supervisor was/is creating issues for Joni Gray and her run for re-election.

Sue Warnstrom was the VP of this defunct corp for years prior to becoming it's President in 2010.

For many more details, links to the numerous articles published, (including in this paper) go to:
Please sign the petition to the County District Attorney, Joyce Dudley, requesting an investigation, posted there!

The City of Lompoc and the County of Santa Barbara taxpayers should be up-in-arms demanding answers to exactly where their funds awarded to LHCDC have gone! That tab is still open and running.....!

The Grand Jury investigation misstates the source of these funds. HUD awarded funds (federal tax dollars) were referred to in the report as RDA (State funds awarded).

Dinah Lockhart - She was just promoted to Deputy Director for Housing of Housing and Community Development for SB County. SB County recruited for the position, they apparently followed their normal legal procedures. Whether there was any inside maneuvering or not, only the insiders would know. I suppose Dinah will now do for county what she's done for City of Lompoc — never be able to answer a question with a straight answer, and never ever get a real budget or fund report that is complete and meaningful.

Go to: Get the facts!

LHCDC held 2/3 of the low-mid income housing in Lompoc - thanks to them for creating the blight they were funded to eliminate, Lompoc City now has a housing crisis as these properties were never maintained, some now shut down and others dumped back on their original owners as trash as a result of LHCDC declaring bankruptcy September 2011!

You may recall that the Homeless Shelters for Lompoc were shut down in January 2012 after LHCDC informed the tenants on a Friday before a 3-day week-end the shelters would be closed the following Tuesday.

One who was on the LHCDC Board worked/works for SB Bank & Trust who has filed a lawsuit against LHCDC - wonder how that's working out for her now! As reported in the Lompoc Record 7/1/12 (link to article posted at: - "Santa Barbara Bank & Trust has filed a lawsuit against the Lompoc Housing Development Corp., the third bank to take the failed nonprofit organization to court, for defaulting on a 2005 $1 million loan."

Go to: Get the facts! Sign the petition!

OffTheBeat (anonymous profile)
July 8, 2012 at 11:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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