State senator Jim Ferlo has been variously described as Luke Ravenstahl's friend, political ally, and sponsor. Buried within a horse race article -- or um, lack-of-a-horse race article -- by the P-G's Rich Lord:
The toughest issues before [Ravenstahl] may be the size of the Fire Bureau, a looming pension crisis, and revenue problems, said Mr. Ferlo, a former City Council president.
"Given the financial health of the city," he said, "there is a need for some consolidation in the Fire Bureau. It's going to have to be on his watch over the next couple of years."
That could mean confrontation with a politically powerful union with a heroic aura.
That could be described as a well-established position that the two men share ... or a little advice from the state senator to the young mayor ... or a stern warning.
Question for our progressive readers -- before Jim Ferlo became so closely aligned with Ravenstahl, you all just loved this cat, right?