ALAMEDA, Calif. — California’s redevelopment agencies have failed to provide a coherent explanation for their existence, according to state Controller John Chiang.

The controller’s review of 18 redevelopment agencies was released Monday, just ahead of a possible vote this week on legislation to abolish the state’s 425 RDAs, which are allowed to keep incremental property-tax growth in redevelopment zones and use that revenue to back debt.

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