Wilshire was once Los Angeles' main boulevard. Driving over its decrepit pavement these days is pure Third World. Try anything east of Beverly Hills, including its storied Miracle Mile. Deferred maintenance is the rule and it has long been policy to divert auto user fees to public transit.
Not content with the waste and the damage done, there will now be a vote in California to invest billions on high-speed rail. The Baptists and bootleggers (see Bruce Yandle) for this one are greens and politicians. Demographia.com elaborates the gory details.