The Marks House transitional shelter for women and children in Lompoc reopened on 1/26. Its closing on January 1/17, announced just a few days ahead of time by the Lompoc Housing and Community Development Corp. (LHCDC) — which is going out of business — caught city officials as well as homeless advocates and residents of the shelters by surprise. The City of Lompoc now possesses the deed to the Marks House property and has contracted with Good Samaritan Shelter to take over operations on an interim basis. The Lompoc City Council is expected to extend the contract to June 30 at its February 7 meeting. Fifth District Supervisor Joni Gray’s executive assistant, Susan Warnstrom, has resigned from the board of the LHCDC.