‘Happy Days’ star Scott Baio announces he’s leaving California due to homelessness and crime
Happy Days actor Scott Baio announced Wednesday that he’s moving from California, citing the state’s homelessness crisis as one of the reasons.
Longtime Los Angeles resident Baio, who played Chachi on the hit 1970s sitcom, said the Golden State is “not a safe place anymore” and pointed to soft crime policies.
“After 45 years, I’m on my way to finally ‘off the stage’ in California,” the retired actor said, adding homelessness statistics to his tweet.
“[Homelessness] lowers the property value. Also no consequences for the rampant crime that makes things more expensive and it’s just not a safe place anymore. #ImFree,” Baio wrote.
Baio said his fellow Californians “didn’t miss his ‘right-wing’ views.”
When a Twitter user hinted that Baio wouldn’t be missed, the “Charles in Charge” actor shot back, “Maybe not, but you’ll certainly miss the heavy taxes I pay!”
Baio said he had “always been a conservative voter.”
According to Realtor.com, Baio listed his Woodland Hills home for $3.85 million in April.
His 6,300 square foot property includes five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms and a home theater.
Baio isn’t the first celebrity to leave California.
Matthew McConaughey, Joe Rogan, Mark Wahlberg and others have packed their bags citing similar concerns.
Between April 2020 and July 2022, around 500,000 people moved out of California.
A survey released in March found that half of America’s homeless population live in California: around 115,500 out of 233,800 people.
According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the total homeless population in the state has increased by about 6% since 2020.