Overseas Network, May 9 According to a report by the US “New York Post” on May 8, American movie star Scott Baio recently announced that he will leave California, where he has lived for 45 years. He said the out-of-control homelessness crisis and rampant crime in the area made him decide to leave.
“California is no longer a safe place to be,” Baio said on social media, attaching local homeless statistics: “As of 2022, according to the latest survey by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, there are about 69,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County.” He blamed the homeless problem on California’s weak response to crime, saying “in this state, there seems to be no consequence for rampant crime.”
The American media said that in the past few years, famous American figures such as Mark Wahlberg and Matthew McConaughey have left Los Angeles, California. Between April 2020 and July 2022, approximately 500,000 Californians left the state. Since 2020, California’s homeless population has surged a staggering 6 percent, while the rest of the country has grown just 0.4 percent, according to the California Public Policy Institute. In 2022, the LAPD reported more than 229,000 crimes, an 11.6 percent increase over the previous year.