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Public Utilities Code - PUC

DIVISION 11. TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT BOARDS [120000 - 120702]

  ( Division 11 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 294. )

CHAPTER 4. Powers and Functions [120200 - 120478]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 294. )

ARTICLE 2. Contracts [120220 - 120228]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 294. )

120220.
  

The board may make contracts and enter into stipulations of any nature whatsoever, either in connection with eminent domain proceedings or otherwise, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, contracts and stipulations to indemnify and save harmless, to employ labor, and to do all acts necessary and convenient for the full exercise of the powers granted in this division.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 557, Sec. 7. Effective October 5, 2005.)

120220.5.
  

The board may provide and maintain by contract with a public agency or by other means, a security force to enforce its regulations, to preserve and protect any public transit system or project financed pursuant to this division, and to preserve and protect the public peace, health, and safety with respect to its system or projects. Alternatively, the board may contract with a private patrol operator licensed pursuant to Chapter 11.5 (commencing with Section 7580) of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code, with the county sheriff and municipal police departments within the areas described in Section 120054, and with other transit development boards for security, police, and related services.

(Added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 557, Sec. 8. Effective October 5, 2005.)

120221.
  

The board may contract with any department or agency of the United States of America, with any public agency, or with any person upon such terms and conditions as the board finds is in its best interest.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 294.)

120222.
  

(a) The Legislature finds and declares that a compelling interest exists in ensuring that all federal, state, local, and private funds available to the board are captured and used in a timely manner. In order to maximize the use of federal, state, local, and private funds and to maintain a competitive posture in seeking supplemental federal funds, the board shall have the authority to establish and use a flexible contracting process to maximize its efficient use of public funds.

(b) Except in cases when an article of a specified brand or trade name is the only article that will properly meet the needs of the board or in an emergency declared by the vote of two-thirds of the membership of the board, all contracts for the acquisition or lease of materials, supplies, or equipment in an amount of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), or in excess of that amount as authorized by the board, shall be made or entered into with the lowest responsible bidder meeting specifications. For purposes of determining the lowest bid, the amount of sales tax shall be excluded from the total amount of the bid. When the expected purchase amount of the contract exceeds five thousand dollars ($5,000) and does not exceed one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), the board shall seek a minimum of three quotations, either written or oral, to permit comparison of prices and other terms.

(c) Except in cases of an emergency declared by the vote of two-thirds of the membership of the board, the board shall for all contracts for the acquisition of services that exceed one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), that will not be performed by an entity described in Section 120221.5, and that are not within the category of services defined in Section 4525 of the Government Code, solicit bids in writing and award the contract in a competitive procurement process that is in the best interest of the board, including, but not limited to, a negotiated procurement that may or may not evaluate price as a consideration. When the expected amount of the service contract exceeds five thousand dollars ($5,000) and does not exceed one hundred thousand dollars (100,000), the board shall seek a minimum of three quotations, either written or oral, to permit comparison of prices and other terms.

(d) The board shall award contracts for architectural, landscape architectural, engineering, environmental, land surveying services, and construction project management services that are in excess of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 4525) of Division 5 of Title 1 of the Government Code.

(e) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, the board may use any procurement method authorized for state or local agencies under state or federal law, including, but not limited to, a competitive negotiation process in accordance with the provisions of Article 7.5 (commencing with Section 20216) of Chapter 1 of Part 3 of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code. The board shall maintain acquisition and contracting guidelines and comply with those guidelines in the procurement of all goods and services.

(f) Provisions in any federally funded contract concerning disadvantaged business enterprises that are in accordance with the request for proposals shall not be subject to negotiation with the successful bidder.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 557, Sec. 10. Effective October 5, 2005.)

120223.
  

(a) If, after rejecting bids received under Section 120222, the board determines and declares by a two-thirds vote of all of its members that, in its opinion, the supplies, equipment, or materials may be purchased at a lower price in the open market, the board may proceed to purchase these supplies, equipment, or materials in the open market without further observance of the provisions regarding contracts, bids, or advertisements.

(b) If, after solicitation of bids under Section 120222, the board determines and declares by a majority vote that it has not received a responsive bid, the board may proceed to purchase the supplies, equipment, or materials in the open market without further observance of the provisions regarding contracts, bids, or advertisements.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1313, Sec. 5.)

120224.1.
  

(a) Upon determining that immediate remedial measures to avert or alleviate damage to, or to repair or restore damaged or destroyed property of, the board are necessary in order to insure that the facilities of the board are available to serve the transportation needs of the general public or to comply with any state or federal regulation with respect to the operation of public transportation services, and upon determining that available remedial measures, including procurement in compliance with Sections 120222, and 120223, are inadequate, the general manager or chief executive officer may authorize the expenditure of money previously appropriated by the board specifically for the direct purchases of goods and services, without observance of the provisions of those sections.

(b) The general manager or chief executive officer, after the expenditure authorized under subdivision (a) has been made, shall submit to the board a full report explaining the necessity for that action.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 557, Sec. 11. Effective October 5, 2005.)

120224.2.
  

Notwithstanding Section 120222 and upon a finding by two-thirds of all members of the board that a purchase in compliance with Sections 120222 and 120223 does not constitute a method of procurement adequate for the operation of board facilities or equipment, the board may direct the procurement of prototype equipment or modifications in an amount sufficient to conduct and evaluate operational testing without further observance of any provisions requiring contracts, bids, or advertisements.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1313, Sec. 8.)

120224.3.
  

Notwithstanding Section 120222, the board may direct the purchase of any supply, equipment, or materials without observance of any provision requiring contracts, bids, or advertisements upon a finding by two-thirds of all members of the board that there is only a single source of procurement therefor and that the purchase is for the sole purpose of duplicating, repairing, or replacing supply, equipment, or materials that are in use, including upgrades or migrations of proprietary intellectual property.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 557, Sec. 12. Effective October 5, 2005.)

120224.4.
  

(a) A person who submits, or who plans to submit, a proposal in response to a procurement solicitation may protest any acquisition conducted in accordance with Sections 120222 and 120223 as follows:

(1) Protests based on the content of the procurement solicitation shall be filed with the board within 10 calendar days after the procurement solicitation is first advertised. The general manager or the chief executive officer, or the designee of the general manager or chief executive officer, shall issue a written decision on the protest prior to opening of the procurement solicitation. A protest may be renewed by refiling the protest with the board within 15 calendar days after the mailing of the notice of the intent to award.

(2) Any bidder may protest the intent to award on any ground not based upon the content of the procurement solicitation by filing a protest with the board within 15 calendar days after the mailing of the notice of the intent to award.

(3) Any protest shall contain a full and complete written statement specifying in detail the grounds of the protest and the facts supporting the protest. Protestors shall have an opportunity to appear and be heard before the board prior to the opening of the procurement solicitation in the case of protests based on the content of the procurement solicitation, or prior to final award in the case of protests based on other grounds or the renewal of protests based on the content of the procurement solicitation.

(b) The decision of the protest by the board shall be in writing and constitutes a final administrative decision for purposes of judicial review pursuant to Section 1094.6 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 557, Sec. 13. Effective October 5, 2005.)

120225.
  

The board may insure against any accident or destruction of the system or any part thereof. The board may also provide insurance as provided in Part 6 (commencing with Section 989), Division 3.6, Title 1 of the Government Code.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 294.)

120226.
  

The board may contract for the services of independent contractors.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 294.)

120227.
  

The board and the Board of Administration of the Public Employees’ Retirement System shall enter into a contract, and the board shall make all of its officers and employees members of the system, except as follows:

(a) Members of the board.

(b) Officers and employees excluded pursuant to Section 20492 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1978, Ch. 577.)

120228.
  

Subject to Section 120260, the board may enter into joint powers agreements to operate exclusive public mass transit guideways.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 294.)

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