The sporting-goods company wanted its case against a former head of South Africa over wrongful termination to be heard in Oregon instead of Davide Cardarelli's native land of Italy.
The group is looking to stop the Coast Guard from closing its Newport Air Facility.
The final tally for Measure 92 is too close to call.
Michael Kaplan gets job after serving as acting director since August 2013.
The plan would yield millions for the city to improve infrastructure.