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OAKLAND – Republican gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner was deemed contactless last month for complaining about another Malibu plane owner leaving California because he “can’t stand” seeing homeless people.
Now she says tents in Beverly Hills are a sign of the problem.
“When you drive in Beverly Hills and look at the park and there are tents in the park, we have to look at this very seriously,” Jenner said Friday when he of Fox LA asked about the rules for homeless tents during a long conversation has been .
More than a month after starting her campaign, reality TV star Jenner sat down for a TV interview with a California political reporter for the first time, answering questions for Fox LA presenter’s Elex Michaelson’s weekly show “The Issue Is”. Jenner told Michaelson that homelessness was one of the main problems facing California residents, according to a preview Fox provided LA POLITICO.
“But to be honest, by and large, living in a tent in a park in Beverly Hills is just different today. The homeless used to be in the city center. I am sure you were downtown. I mean, you … go down there and it’s so hard, so hard for these people. “
Jenner said one problem is that it’s too difficult to build enough affordable housing in California. She said she will “work with nonprofit groups” to build such homes, streamline permitting processes, and relax environmental restrictions on construction.
Governor Gavin Newsom faces a recall election this year after Republican organizers gathered enough signatures in the depths of the pandemic when schools, restaurants and churches were closed in most areas as infection rates soared. More than five dozen residents have indicated they want to run, but only a handful have political experience or high names.
Jenner has never run for office, but because of her fame as a former Olympic gold medalist and a member of the Kardashian family, she has drawn the lion’s share of national coverage. Though she extolled her reputation as an outsider, she scored just 6 percent in the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll last month, trailing former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and former MP Doug Ose, as well as perennial governorate candidate John Cox , all Republican compatriots.
Newsom continues to show strength in recall polls, including a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California last week that found 57 percent of likely voters are against a recall. Even if he is vulnerable, homelessness remains a major concern of voters. Newsom seems to be realizing this and has proposed spending $ 12 billion to solve the problem, in addition to picking up trash at bins in California at least three times – all in front of television cameras.
During a May interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Jenner sparked a viral storm when she complained that a neighboring private plane owner in her hangar in the Malibu area was leaving California because he “couldn’t take it anymore” homeless people anymore to see.
“The guy on the other side was packing up his hangar,” Jenner said while sitting in her own Southern California aircraft hangar. “And he says, ‘I’m moving to Sedona, Ariz. I can not stand it anymore. I can’t walk the streets and see the homeless. ‘”
Jenner argued on the Fox LA Show that “50 percent of all homeless people live in California” and called for the “massive problem” to be addressed. “We have to do a better job, and the only way to do that is to have a governor who makes it a priority,” she said, insisting that she would be a “practical governor” on the matter.
California has a much higher percentage of homeless people compared to its percentage of the US population. A federal report last year estimated the state has 28 percent of the total number of the country, compared to about 12 percent of the country’s residents. But that’s still far less than half of the people who are homeless.
The full interview will air on Friday at 10:30 p.m. on Fox LA and on stations across the state over the weekend.