The ethics investigation into Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Director Scott Kubly over his involvement in the City of Seattle’s purchase of Pronto, the failed bike-share company, is ongoing. However, a lot of interesting information has already emerged as a result of the investigation… including insight to how liberals mismanage the city.
Earlier this month, we discovered that Lorena González, the former legal counsel for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and now a member of the Seattle City Council, was aware that Kubly needed to obtain a conflict of interest waiver in order to deal with Pronto from the time he was first appointed. She emailed him informing him of his legal obligation.
However, Kubly never responded. So, instead of pursuing the matter, González said that she assumed he “did not believe there were any conflicts that needed to be waived at that time.”
That’s a rather weak excuse for failing to follow through on a highly relevant ethics matter. But, the weak excuse got us wondering, what else might Ms. González just assume away while she was providing legal advice to the Mayor, as she was biding her time (and not rocking the boat) to run for the City Council?
We came up with a list for your convenience:
1. Ms. Gonzalez just assumed that that the scam that led to the heist of 20 tons of copper wire and scrap metal worth $120,000 was, in fact, a legitimate “charity” scenario. Therefore, Jorge Carrasco, the former CEO of Seattle City Light who fell for the scam, deserved his $60,000 pay raise.
2. That City Council member Kshama Sawant didn’t merit any reprimand from the Mayor after her arrest at a protest in SeaTac because, as the socialist said as she was being led away in handcuffs, “all the best activists in the past and in the present” have been placed in similar “life-threatening” situations.
3. That City Councilman Mike O’Brien floating his kayak in Elliot Bay to join protesters was a good use of his city salary because, in the end, his efforts scared off a multi-billion-dollar oil company that was paying millions in rent money to another government agency, the Port of Seattle.
4. That the appointment of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s own husband as director of planning and development for the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department was not a conflict-of-interest situation.
5. That there is no ethics problem with Vulcan buying Mayor Ed Murray (and his husband) tickets to a Seahawks 2015 playoff game, despite the fact that the company was, at that point, lobbying him on a policy issue.
Seems like Ms., Gonzalez might have had a full-time job just assuming away these issues with the cast of characters in leadership in the city, which kept her from actually following up on the ethics question to Kubly.