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LOS ANGELES -- Reality TV star and businesswoman Caitlyn Jenner is running for governor in California's likely recall election later this year.

Gov. Gavin Newsom's campaign has linked Jenner with Donald Trump, but the gold medalist has tried to separate herself from the former president and says she didn't vote for Trump in the 2020 election.

"He did some really good things with the economy for this state, international. He did some good things. His messaging was terrible," said Jenner.

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When asked about what kind of Republican she is, Jenner told Eyewitness News, "I feel like I'm the face of the Republican Party for the future. I want to bring the Republican Party to me and be more inclusive."

On immigration, Jenner had this to say about Trump's border wall.

"Right now we're spending billions on a high-speed train to nowhere. Take some of that money, go down to the border wall and completely finish on state land," said Jenner. "Completely finish the wall. We need protection. But, for those hardworking great people that are here, I want them to be able to get legal status."

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A new poll shows 56% of likely California voters would vote to keep Gov. Gavin Newsom in office if a recall election were held today.

Jenner isn't the only Republican in the likely special election, and she'll need more support than just her party's base. In recent polls, the majority of Californians don't support recalling Newsom. The recall election is going to cost California taxpayers $215 million dollars.

"Gavin Newsom has done such a terrible job with this state. He's cost us more than $215 million in this state," said Jenner. "We need to build an economy that is pro-business. And that's less taxes, less regulation, or, you know what, there's other states that do it other ways and we're going to lose 'em all."

Jenner says she's not worried about how much COVID-19 has improved in California, which has one of the lowest transmission levels in the country and how that could help Newsom.

"They've really destroyed an entire generation of kids. Parents, people are not going to forget those type of things. All of the companies out here, 33% of all restaurants have closed permanently. People are not going to forget that," said Jenner.
Jenner has spent most of her 48 years in California living in Malibu, which isn't representative of the economic and racial disparities in a state of over 40 million people. But the 71-year-old says she's a people person and enjoys traveling the state, meeting Californians of all backgrounds.

"I have been through a lot in my life, OK. I had to overcome a lot of stuff," said Jenner. "I may live in Malibu, but I had to deal with a lot of things in my life. I came out the other side a better person."

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Niles: It’s a golden age for roller coaster fans

Like many theme park fans, I have loved roller coasters for a long time. But what many parks are doing with coasters right now is helping me love these thrill rides even more.

Years ago, parks gave up trying to build coasters that were ever taller and faster than others. Drops over 400 feet and speeds over 140 miles per hour pushed the limits that an average human being can stand. So parks and coaster manufacturers pivoted toward more innovative ways to capture the public’s attention.

We are seeing the results of that shift today in a golden era for roller coaster design. Ten years ago, Six Flags Over Texas opened the first IBox coaster from Rocky Mountain Construction, kicking off a trend for parks to reinvent their rough old wooden coasters as smooth, steel-tracked speed machines. That has given fans new favorites such as Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Twisted Colossus and Cedar Point’s Steel Vengeance.

Other parks are reinventing coasters as narrative-driven attractions. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Universal Orlando includes as many animatronic characters and show scenes as a traditional dark ride, amplified with the thrill of more high-speed launches than any other roller coaster in the state. Soon, rival Walt Disney World will open Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at Epcot, which Disney is calling a “storytelling coaster.” The indoor coaster will feature unique cars that rotate to focus riders’ attention on passing show scenes.

But even outdoor steel coasters are getting better. I just got back from Universal Orlando, which this month opened its Jurassic World VelociCoaster, a double-launched, 70-mph Intamin coaster with a 155-foot Top Hat and a barrel roll that skims the surface of the park’s central lagoon.

Riders go upside down while aboard the Jurassic World Velocicoaster in Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando. (Courtesy of Universal Orlando) 

The best thing about VelociCoaster might be what it lacks rather than any element it includes. Nowhere on the ride will you find the scourge of a roller coaster fan’s enjoyment — the mid-course block brake.

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To run multiple trains safely at once on a coaster track, designers separate the track into zones or blocks. Only one train may be in each block zone at a time. That means a coaster must include a lift or brake that can stop a train if the zone ahead is not clear.

VelociCoaster uses high-speed launches instead of brakes to control access to its zones. If something goes wrong and the zone ahead is occupied, the launch does not happen, and the train just stops at ground level — the most convenient place for a potential evacuation. But in normal operation, the trains zoom from zero to 50 miles per hour on the first launch and 40 to 70 on the second, instead of slowing to a crawl up in the air before a drop, as is the traditional block brake design.

The result is one of the most thrilling non-stop experiences I ever have enjoyed at a theme park. This really is the best time ever to be a roller coaster fan.


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