First of all, let's take a look at his beloved Stanford BA credential. No major listed, no year of graduation, or much of any information except his "Stanford BA." Ooooh! Ducks, Beavers, Cougars, Vikings, Pilots, and Huskies alike should turn up their noses to this repugnant declaration. Was there anything in that curriculum that would have made a private company hire him to manage a $40 million software implementation project right out of college? I'd like to know.
What else? Oh yeah, "High School." Which privileged local neighborhood high school was that exactly? "Portland Public Schools." Oh yeah. Years completed? "High school." Did this guy ever fill out a job application before being elected to play with other people's money? Is there anybody elso out there who got an $87,000/year job who didn't know how to properly fill out the application?
Let's check out that current occupation. "City of Portland Commissioner," Mr. Sten tells us. How about the years of service, Erik? How about the bureaus under your control, so people can evaluate your performance presiding over those bureaus?
Prior occupations? "Housing advocate," was Sten's most recent occupation before his pubescent entry into politics. Well George W. Bush is a "housing advocate." He thinks all estate taxes should be waived so rich people can keep more of their inherited property. What organization did he do his housing advocacy for? When did he do it? Oh bother, why waste ink on my application to inform the voters.
Then again, he was a "journalist" before his teenage entry into politics. For what publication was young Erik a journalist? Hard to tell. For how long? What did he cover? Again, put yourself in the place of somebody trying to decide who to interview for the job. Is this satisfactory? Did Erik write part-time for the San Francisco Chronicle or his "Portland Public Schools" paper?
Perhaps Erik Sten should list his occupation as "consumate career politician," since that is exactly what he is. Heck, even George W. Bush went to grad school and tried and failed to make it in the oil biz (failing despite family connections) before giving up and trying to run for Congress. Fortunately for Sten, there was no draft to avoid during his college days in Palo Alto. His tenure on City Council has basically been on-the-job training at taxpayer expense, the cost of which has been much more than his $87k annual salary. Of course, Sten has apologized for costing Portland over $40 million (I think that if you add it all up, you're really talking about over $100 million) at the water bureau. He's even championed the current Campaign Finance Fund which is available to any prominent local businessman with thousands of associates and to himself, for an instant $100,000 addition to his warchest. Average citizens can claim it too, if they are willing to go door to door and convince 1000 people to give them $5. Would Sten use his position as an acting City Council member to take advantage of a campaign finance fund that was established to open up politics for people who otherwise couldn't compete. Let's check the Portland Online Elections page... Yep, Sten's going to take another $100K of other people's money to continue his life-long career in politics.
Portland voters, I ask you: Would any of us still have our jobs if we performed to Erik Sten's standards where we work? Not to be too critical, because Sten had an opportunity and took it. However, he could have gone to grad school up the road and PSU and got an MA in Public Planing & Policy or an MBA or something. No, Erik Sten has a cushy job at public expense that he could never had walked into in the job market coming out of Stanford, and he's spent his time mastering his network and public relations to keep it. He says what he has to say to keep his job in this predominantly Democratic city. ERIK STEN IS A CAREER POLITICIAN--NOTHING MORE, HOPEFULLY NOTHING LESS.