(PatriotWise.com) — Actor Scott Baio said he’s leaving California because it is no longer safe. On his Twitter account, the long-time Los Angeles resident said, “After 45 years, I’m making my way to finally ‘exit stage right’ from California.”
His tweet included a quote from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which reports 69,000 homeless people in LA County. The actor added that there are no consequences for criminals in the Golden State, which has also become too expensive.
Baio is not the first celebrity to leave California. Reality TV star Kat Von D said in 2020 that she was departing because of “tyrannical government overreach.” Actor Josh Brolin and his wife left in 2020 and moved to Georgia. Comedian Rob Schneider said he was going because of the state government’s reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Los Angeles Times, half a million California residents left the state between 2020 and 2022. The cited reasons include high taxes, crime, and low quality of life. The report stated that the pandemic also meant that more people could work from home and no longer needed to live near a big city. California is second in the nation for population reduction, with New York coming out on top. The number one state that people moved to was Idaho, followed by North Carolina, Maine, New Hampshire, and Alabama.
In February, Utah Governor Spencer Cox told California residents to stay where they are and not consider moving to the Beehive State. “This last census confirmed that Utah was the fastest-growing state over the past ten years,” he said.
Between 2010 and 2020, Utah’s population grew by just over 18%.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis mocked the Golden State in March, saying its residents were flocking to the Sunshine State to escape the “woke” politics of California’s Democrats. DeSantis said the movement of people around the country reflects “a great American exodus from states governed by leftist politicians imposing leftist ideology and delivering poor results.”
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