California is a good place to live and work now, but our future as a leader in many areas is uncertain at best. California’s infrastructure is slowing crumbling, and the lack of investment is troubling. Only about half of freeway maintenance needs (over the next 10 years) can be funded with the current amount of state and federal gas taxes. Local streets are in worse condition (see below). And public transportation (bus and rail) is worse yet given the historical diversions of transportation dollars to the general fund and the need to operate and maintain bus and rail service. So yes, California is still a great place to live and work, but the way things are today is not the way they will be in the future. That future should be our focus.