The City Council has rejected a proposal to pay a consultant $15,000 to review the social conditions that sparked the recent riots.
The city Human Relations Commission recommended hiring the consultant, saying city residents felt isolated during the unrest and need to give their insights or recommendations to officials.
"It seems to me it's well worthwhile," said Councilman Evan Anderson Braude. "We shouldn't even have to give it a second thought."
But Vice Mayor Jeffrey A. Kellogg said such a study would have been a waste of money. "You don't have to hire one person. Hire lots of people. It's called jobs," he said when the proposal was submitted last week.
The council voted 5-3 Monday against the proposal.