While I know the Coliseum is a dump, I don't know all the details about getting a new stadium built. Is this another case of a city not wanting to subsidize a billionaire like in San Diego or is there more to it?
I think there is a genuine "want to" among the city leaders to get something done. Their plan called for something like $8B worth of redevelopment around an old shipping terminal. But like I said above, it's tough getting big projects built in California, and the A's (with MLB's blessing) said they're sick of waiting.