Leave it to the NIMBY's, enviromentalists, and the bureaucrats (I can say that: I'm both originally from LA, and I work for city government at MSY) of California to screw up and either forever delay (as they did with the 210 Freeway extension), or terminate a project. No wonder nothing gets done in California in a logical length of time.
Fortunately, they seem to live mainly in the coastal areas around LA and the Bay Area.
California has become a state split into East and West instead of North and South. Much of what people consider California to be about is true along the coast but not the inland areas. High housing costs, freeway traffic jams, NIMBYism, etc. originates in Western California. For example, Gray Davis (the more liberal of the major candidates) was reelected governor last week. But look at how the counties voted:
He carried almost no counties east of the coastal mountains. Same thing happened in 2000 with Bush/Gore.
Those wanting to do business in California are realizing the inland areas are the new growth areas. Also, families pushed out by high housing costs are now moving inland. Yes, we're subject to some of those state laws passed by the coastal areas, but less of the local craziness found in Western California.