The state take-back of redevelopment money has forced the city to abandon plans for a waterfront ballpark -- the linchpin of efforts to keep the A's in Oakland.

"We are no longer advocating for Victory Court," Gregory Hunter, head of the soon-to-be-dissolved Oakland Redevelopment Agency, said Monday during a meeting of the Alameda County supervisors.

The city can no longer afford Victory Court without redevelopment dollars, Hunter said.

That means the focus is solely on revamping the Coliseum complex with retail, restaurants, hotels and new sports facilities for the Raiders and Warriors.

The plan would include a new ballpark for the A's if the team stays in Oakland.

Indeed, no more redevelopment money for the state really limits the type of projects these guys can do in Oakland, considering that there really isn't enough public or private money to go around to try and help get this project off the ground.