Not quite the same... Greece hasn’t shot its wad on spectacular public works, but on more mundane bumming.
Got to be fair to California, this thing did go through a referendum. I’m not sure what the 53% slim majority thought would be gained by this, but they voted for it and they got it. Unless they want to anti-referendum it now.
My folks and i sailed into SF in 1961 after living in Asia for a decade.
The city looked damned good back then.