A quick summary of 2017: Only 6 full-retail stations opened, making 31 + 3 non-retail, for 34 total. This compares to 25 + 6 for 31 total last January, so progress has been well behind schedule. CEC has awarded 20 grants for new sites that may start to complete this year, and definitely will start to arrive in 2019, but they really need to get the ones that have been hanging around in "commissioning" or "construction" status since last year done. In "commissioning" are Ontario and Woodside; Cal State LA has been in commissioning status forever, and clearly should be removed from the list as nothing is happening with it. In "construction" status are Mountain View and LAX.
As noted upthread, the new stations which have received grants are all in/around urban areas except for one more on I-5 in the San Joaquin Valley (Santa Nella), so they really need to provide more stations to expand the places people can go, in addition to all these stations for routine driving.
Guy [I have lots of experience designing/selling off-grid AE systems, some using EVs but don't own one. Local trips are by foot, bike and/or rapid transit].
The 'best' is the enemy of 'good enough'. Copper shot, not Silver bullets.