'Happy Days' star Scott Baio announces he's leaving California due to homeless crisis, crime

'Happy Days' actor said California is 'not a safe place anymore'

"Happy Days" actor Scott Baio announced on Wednesday that he is moving out of California, citing the state's homeless crisis as one of the reasons why.

Long-time 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-on-crime policies.

"After 45 years, I’m making my way to finally ‘exit stage right’ from California," the retired actor said, adding statistics about homelessness to his tweet.

"[Homelessness] brings down property value. Also no consequences for crime that is rampant, making things higher in price and it’s just not a safe place anymore. #ImFree," Baio wrote.


Scott Baio at podium

FILE_ Scott Baio attends a news conference in Woodland Hills, California in 2018. (Jesse Grant/Getty Images)

Baio said his fellow Californians wouldn't "miss his ‘right wing' views."

When a Twitter user implied that Baio would not be missed, the "Charles in Charge" actor shot back: "Maybe not, but they’ll certainly miss the high taxes I pay!"

Baio said he's "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 is not the first celebrity to leave California. Matthew McConaughey, Joe Rogan, Mark Wahlberg and others have packed their bags citing similar concerns.

Scott Baio and Henry Winkler acting in 'Happy Days'

"Grandma Nussbaum" episode of Happy Days, which aired on January 19, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)

Between April 2020 and July 2022, around 500,000 people moved out of California. 

A survey published in March found that half of the American homeless population lives in California: roughly 115,500 people out of 233,800.

Homeless people in San Francisco

People inhabit encampments on the streets of San Francisco on Saturday, April 15, 2023. Homelessness and crime continue to plague the city’s Mission District. (Flight Risk for Fox News Digital)

The overall homeless population in the state increased by about 6% since 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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