Documents show Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly was directly involved in negotiations with his former employer about a city takeover of the Pronto bike-sharing system.
Documents show Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Director Scott Kubly was directly involved in negotiations with his former employer about a city takeover of the Pronto bike-sharing system. Kubly did not have permission from the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission to do business with Motivate, which was called Alta Bike Share when Kubly was its president.
4/8/2014 — Alta Bicycle Share signs an agreement with nonprofit Puget Sound Bike Share to operate Pronto.
7/2/2014 — Mayor Ed Murray hires Scott Kubly to lead the city’s transportation department.
10/5/2014 — Kubly emails staff and others to ask why Pronto stations are being installed without decals.
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10/13/2014 — Pronto begins operating.
1/16/2015 — Alta is bought and renamed Motivate.
4/9/2015 — The city of Seattle and Motivate begin negotiations about terms and conditions for Motivate “to acquire, launch and operate a bike-share system for the city,” according to a term sheet between the two parties.
5/11/3015 — Ann Sutphin, an SDOT employee who also served on the Puget Sound Bike Share board, asks Gary Keese of the ethics commission for advice on how to handle ethical considerations regarding Pronto. She follows up May 13, and tells Keese that Kubly worked for Alta in the past.
5/14/2015 — Keese emails Sutphin and says Kubly, who is copied on the email, should seek a waiver to do business with Motivate if he worked for Alta within the previous year. Kubly worked for Alta through June 30, 2014, according to an email he said he intended to send to the mayor’s office shortly after he was hired.
5/14/2015 — Nicole Freedman, who is in charge of bike-share efforts at SDOT, sends a revised term sheet to Motivate, and writes:
“Please note that Scott has not fully reviewed this version, but in the interest of time, we are sending the document now. We reserve the right to make changes based on Scott’s input.”
5/26/2015 — Edward Inlow, a Motivate executive at the time, confirms plans to meet Kubly at city headquarters the following day.
8/21/2015 — Keese follows up by email with Kubly, his chief of staff and an aide to the mayor.
9/1/2015 — Kubly submits a disclosure form to the ethics commission 14 months after he began as SDOT director. He acknowledges the city is negotiating a contract with Motivate to operate a bike-share system.
1/29/2016 — SDOT submits documents to the City Council outlining a plan to purchase Pronto’s assets from the nonprofit that runs it.
3/14/2016 — The City Council approves SDOT’s purchase of Pronto.
3/22/2016 — The ethics commission begins investigating Kubly’s involvement with bike share.