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Public Utilities Code - PUC

DIVISION 3. PUBLIC UTILITY FRANCHISES BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS [6001 - 6467]

  ( Division 3 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

CHAPTER 2. Gas, Oil, Electric, and Water Franchises by Municipalities [6201 - 6302]

  ( Heading of Chapter 2 amended by Stats. 1965, Ch. 626. )

ARTICLE 4. Duties and Liabilities of Grantee [6291 - 6302]
  ( Article 4 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

6291.
  

If the grantee of any franchise granted under this chapter fails, neglects or refuses to comply with any of the provisions or conditions prescribed in this chapter, and does not within ten (10) days after written demand for compliance begin the work of compliance, or after such beginning does not prosecute the work with due diligence to completion, the municipality, by its legislative body, may declare the franchise forfeited.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

6292.
  

Any municipality may sue in its own name for the forfeiture of any franchise granted pursuant to this chapter, in the event of noncompliance with any of the conditions thereof by the grantee, its successors, or assigns.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

6293.
  

The grantee shall pay to the municipality a sum of money sufficient to reimburse it for all publication expenses incurred by it in connection with the granting of the franchise. Such payment shall be made within thirty (30) days after the municipality furnishes the grantee with a written statement of the expenses.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

6294.
  

The grantee of a franchise under this chapter shall construct, install, and maintain all pipes, conduits, poles, wires, and appurtenances in accordance and in conformity with all of the ordinances and rules adopted by the legislative body of the municipality in the exercise of its police powers and not in conflict with the paramount authority of the State, and, as to state highways, subject to the laws relating to the location and maintenance of such facilities therein.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

6295.
  

The grantee shall pay to the municipality on demand the cost of all repairs to public property made necessary by any of the operations of the grantee under the franchise.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

6296.
  

The grantee shall indemnify and hold harmless the municipality and its officers from all liability for damages proximately resulting from any operations under the franchise.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

6297.
  

The grantee shall remove or relocate without expense to the municipality any facilities installed, used, and maintained under the franchise if and when made necessary by any lawful change of grade, alignment, or width of any public street, way, alley, or place, including the construction of any subway or viaduct, by the municipality.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

6298.
  

The grantee shall file with the legislative body of the municipality within thirty (30) days after any sale, transfer, assignment, or lease of the franchise or any part thereof, or any of the rights or privileges granted thereby, written evidence of the transaction certified to by the grantee or its duly authorized officers.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

6299.
  

The grantee shall file with the clerk of the municipality, within three (3) months after the expiration of the calendar year, or fractional calendar year, following the date of the granting of the franchise and within three (3) months after the expiration of each calendar year thereafter, a verified statement showing in detail the total gross receipts of the grantee, its successors, or assigns during the preceding calendar year or fractional calendar year from the sale of the utility service for which the franchise was granted.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

6300.
  

The grantee shall pay to the municipality within fifteen (15) days after the time for filing its statement of gross receipts, in lawful money of the United States, the specified percentage of its gross receipts for the calendar year or fractional calendar year covered by the statement. Any neglect, omission, or refusal by the grantee to file the verified statement, or to pay the percentage at the times or in the manner provided constitutes grounds for the declaration of a forfeiture of the franchise and of all rights thereunder.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

6301.
  

(a) The grantee of a franchise under this chapter may be required to file a bond running to the municipality approved by the legislative body, in a penal sum prescribed by the legislative body and set forth in the resolution of intention to grant the franchise, conditioned that the grantee shall well and truly observe, fulfill, and perform each term and condition of the franchise, and that in case of any breach of condition of the bond the amount of the penal sum therein named shall be recoverable.

(b) The bond, if required by the legislative body, shall be filed with the legislative body within five days after the date of the granting of the franchise. If the bond is not so filed, or does not receive the approval of the legislative body, the franchise may be refused or forfeited and any money paid to the municipality in connection therewith shall be retained by the municipality.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 517, Sec. 359.)

6302.
  

The grantee of a franchise under this chapter shall be liable to the granting municipality for all damages proximately resulting from the failure of the grantee well and faithfully to observe and perform any provision of the franchise and any provision of this chapter.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

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