In the 1960s under Democratic Governor Pat Brown, government agencies in California oversaw huge amounts of infrastructure constructed, such as freeways, aqueducts, and college campuses to ready the state for the huge population of the future. Since then, however, not so much … This was made semi-explicit under Pat’s son Jerry Brown’s first term of governor in his slogan: “Era of Limits.”
Since then, construction in California has been a slow process. This is less due to “bureaucracy” — the French state, for example, is pretty good at getting things like High Speed Rail built — as due to California’s emphasis on individual rights and multiple levels of government.
Most of all, the secret why “progressive” California makes so little progress is because most Californians think, not unreasonably, that California was better when they first remember it than it is today, so their first reaction to hearing anybody proposing Hope and Change in California is to hire a lawyer to throw a wrench in the works.