Here is Reason's report on the nation's public roads and highways. California ranks 48th and I am not surprised. I was in Mexico last week where I found much better roads.
It has been California policy for years to divert gasoline taxes to pay for public transit. It's been lose-lose all the way because transit ridership is still going nowhere but the roads are generally awful.
There were 1200+ delegates in Copenhagen last week, most of them eager to give us many more such policies. And Copenhagen skeptics are seen as the ones who don't "get it."