The City Council's vote Tuesday night on K Street redevelopment provided yet more evidence why the council should break the habit of resorting to ad hoc committees to tackle controversial issues.
The four members of the ad hoc panel on K Street -- Mayor Kevin Johnson and council members Steve Cohn, Rob Fong and Ray Tretheway -- all supported a more sweeping, costly proposal from Rubicon Partners for the blighted blocks in the heart of downtown Sacramento.
The five council members not on the ad hoc -- Lauren Hammond, Kevin McCarty, Bonnie Pannell, Sandy Sheedy and Robbie Waters -- voted against that proposal --and several of them groused that they felt sidelined from the debate.
The last thing this council needs is another reason to be divided.
The mayor acknowledged that the K Street ad hoc, which he appointed in May, muddled the process. He urged the council to reconsider how it uses ad hocs.
The ad hoc panels are also bad for open government because unlike standing committees, they are not required to meet in public.
If the K Street vote is the impetus for reining in ad hocs, that would be more than welcome.