Yes, the roads in LA do kinda suck but you get used to them pretty quickly. Black asphalt and white concrete feel pretty much the same, more or less, kinda.
All bets are off once it starts to drizzle...which isn't very often, but...
My main issue is with the oil coming to the surface just as it starts to rain. Well, that and people on their cell phones, texting away while doing 70 on the 101.