01/06/2011 12:49 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

LA Budget Chief Warns Of More Budget Cuts, Police Hiring Freeze

The top financial advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday that the city would need to stop hiring police officers if the City Council abandons plans to lease nine public parking garages to a private operator.

City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana issued his warning as he recommended that council members press ahead with plans to find a company to run the garages, including three in Hollywood, for the next 50 years.