It’s ironic for Councilmembers to call for faster action on the May 31 riots and looting (Council calls for quicker action on May 31, Sept. 1) since they’re at fault for its delay. Over three months ago the city was warned that it could not buy a realistic investigation for under $95,000, but should go for a full RFP process and complete, impartial investigation. They kicked the can down the road to the legal department, which dawdled and delayed. Now, nearly four months from the terrible events that destroyed small businesses and disrupted lives, the Council is “pushing” for an investigation. It was in the incumbents’ self interest to delay the independent investigation past Election Day because they are fully responsible for what happened and fear what the voters will do: throw them all out.

Linda Lancaster

Santa Monica