Uber CEO’s girlfriend wrote, then deleted, a post linking anti-Uber legislation to depression


While Uber has been waging a war against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this week, CEO Travis Kalanick’s girlfriend Gabi Holzwarth thought she would try her hand at a more personal appeal.

On Thursday, New York’s city council will vote on a rule that could cap the number of new vehicles Uber is allowed to put on the road, a move de Blasio has supported in hopes of curbing traffic congestion that could seriously curb Uber’s growth in its biggest U.S. market.

While Uber has fought aggressively (most memorably with its in-app “de Blasio” button illustrating how the bill might impact Uber wait times), Holzwarth decided to write an open letter to de Blasio on Medium, arguing that the employment opportunities Uber provides are a boon to the nation’s mental health — and implying that, by denying Uber the chance to expand limitlessly, de Blasio would be inflicting psychological pain on residents of the city.

Holzwarth wrote (emphasis…

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