• The state Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal of Martinez v. Kulongoski, the lawsuit challenging Measure 36. Oregon voters in 2004 approved the measure amending the state Constitution to define marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Twenty-two plaintiffs, including WW’s former Queer Window columnist, Byron Beck, lost their challenge at the Oregon Court of Appeals last May and hoped the state Supreme Court would consider their appeal. The high court said on Jan. 14 it would not. But Jeana Frazzini, executive director for Basic Rights Oregon, remains optimistic. She’s hoping for a ballot measure in 2012 that she says would “remove this discriminating language” from the Oregon Constitution.
Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer continues to take heat for delaying her decision on whether to discipline the officers involved in the 2006 death of James Chasse Jr. As first reported on wweek.com, Sgt. Scott Westerman, president of the police union, takes another swipe at Sizer in the upcoming issue of The Rap Sheet. Westerman writes in the union newsletter that Officer Chris Humphreys has been “publicly ignored and discarded by the administration.” WW obtained the article before its publication. Sizer did not reply to requests for comment.
• Former Portland Trail Blazer Kevin Duckworth, who died in August at age 44, will be honored Thursday, Jan. 22, by the City of Portland when commissioners vote to rename a floating dock on the Willamette River for the two-time All-Star center. Duckworth was an avid fisherman. And the dock, under the shadow of the Rose Garden, is part of the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade.
• Now that Barack Obama has taken the oath of office, ex-Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber wants you to contact the new prez and new healthcare secretary nominee Tom Daschle. Kitzhaber’s Archimedes Movement has a letter on its website inviting Obama to Oregon to view the work being done by the ex-guv’s grassroots health care group.
A quickie update on the May 19 elections for the Portland School Board. Trudy Sargent has decided to run for a second term. Want to join her in the spring election for three open seats on the seven-member board? The filing deadline is March 19.
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