The Hawaiian Gardens City Council has postponed until its next meeting a decision on leasing a city-owned building to Long Beach Head Start.
City officials, concerned that Long Beach Head Start may lose its federal funding because of internal problems, argued that the city should not sign a lease until the problems are resolved.
"If we sign an agreement, I think we are putting ourselves in a very vulnerable position," said Mayor Pro Tem Kathleen Navejas. "There is a possibility of suspension of their funding."
Navejas, who is spearheading a move to establish a city-run Head Start program, told the council she would like the city to continue negotiations with Long Beach Head Start through the summer.