The Portland Tribune devotes 2,400 words to Erik Sten today. With a massive color photo of Sten looking rather grim, the Trib asks, in 48-point font: Has Sten Lost His Clout? The answer, provided in large measure by one-time Blue Oregon contributor Jack Bogdanski, is apparently: "no, damn it, and it sure sucks."
"Sten’s a big idea guy, but this is a city that doesn’t need big ideas right now. It needs small ideas, like how to keep the police stations open on evenings and weekends and how to mow the grass at the schools.... He doesn’t want to run the city. He wants to run the world. He needs bigger toys to play with."
The shorter version? Sten is disliked by business and Brainstorm NW (yes, they actually ran a quote from Brainstorm, which has spent its entire existence slamming him ), but is the most powerful figure in City Hall. His priorities don't square with Jack Bogdanski's nor commercial real estate developers, but do, somehow, manage to inspire some folks--after all, the Trib credits his support for electing Tom Potter. An entire section rehashes his failures with the water bureau, but one paragraph does summarize his accomplishments.
Sten probably isn't as unhappy about the story as Randy Leonard was with last week's Oregonian piece, but the balance here seems iffy. With sub-heads like "Little Support from Buisness," "The Water Bureau Blunder," and "'He Wants to Rule the World,'" it feels a skosh ... weighted. Ah well, I guess this is the price you pay for the clout you stubbornly refuse to yield.