Around Town with Aaron

Meet attorney general candidate John Kroger

Rose Holden and Sha Spady are pretty big community advocates - fighting for environmental issues, sustainable growth and a variety of other issues. Now, they're taking their political interests to the state level, hosting an event for attorney general candidate John Kroger Sunday evening at the Oregon City Golf Club.

The 41-year-old Kroger, a former Marine Corps veteran and federal prosecutor who is currently a law professor at Lewis and Clark College, has already earned the endorsement of former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, The Sierra Club of Oregon and Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote among many others.

Kroger supports mandatory minimum sentences for violent crimes under Oregon's existing Measure 11 statute; but doesn't like the new mandatory sentencing guidelines being proposed for lesser crimes. He's committed to re-invigorate the fight against meth in Oregon by increasing Oregon's drug treatment programs and taking on the Mexican drug cartels.

He'll fight businesses that pollute with every resource his office has. He'll work with DEQ to actually enforce regulations - getting rid of ridiculous fines that are currently less than speeding tickets.

He's received awards from Janet Reno, written 9/11 indictments, convicted Enron executives, been a Clinton advisor and put away mafia bosses in Washington D.C

Kroger faces State Rep. Greg Macpherson, D-Lake Oswego, for the chance to run against an undetermined Republican opponent for the 'Top Cop' job.

I'm sure you'll start seeing more as the race picks up - please, just try to get more information than the TV commercials.

Singer Hill expands, Sweet Dreams closes

It looks like things are going well over at Singer Hill Coffee. Recently it was announced that Sweet Dreams Bakery will close up shop and Singer Hill will expand into the space. Sweet Dreams baked goods will still be available through Singer Hill.

Also, with Sommelier Harry Ryan recently named as Singer Hill's new manager, they'll be looking to expand their wine selection, tastings, special events and winery tours.

Singer Hill Coffeehouse and Wine Bar is located at 701 John Adams St.

Plumbing building comes down

Wondering what will become of the space created by the recent leveling of the Oregon City Plumbing Building? Singer Hill owner Phil Yates, who also owns most of the block, says they plan to add an outdoor patio area to Singer Hill.

The Oregon City Plumbing sign, which has been hanging above the building's rear entrance for decades, came down too, but will be retained and kept on display in the warehouse building out back of Singer Hill.

Aaron Breniman writes, plays golf, and does a little of this and a little of that while spending most of his time in Oregon City. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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