Morning Spin: Paul Vallas says Mayor Rahm Emanuel should’ve used Uber, Lyft money for mental health centers

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2012 closure of city-run mental health clinics continues to provide grist for his political foes, with challenger Paul Vallas the latest to point to lingering resentment over the move.

Vallas on Thursday said Emanuel should have used part of a $10.4 million settlement with Uber and Lyft over the companies’ failure to meet city standards on background checks to reopen six mental health centers he closed as part of his first city budget after his 2011 election. Emanuel announced this month he would use the ride-share money for youth mentoring programs.

“(The clinics) should never have been closed in the first place, when you look at what they’re spending money on and what they saved on the mental health clinics,” Vallas said during a news conference to announce his economic development plan for the city. “That was like cruel and unusual punishment.”

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August 24, 2018 at 06:57AM

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