Code Section Group

Education Code - EDC

TITLE 3. POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION [66000 - 101060]

  ( Title 3 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 7. COMMUNITY COLLEGES [70900 - 88922]

  ( Division 7 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 49. COMMUNITY COLLEGES, EDUCATION FACILITIES [81003 - 82548]

  ( Part 49 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 2. Property: Sale, Lease, Use, Gift, and Exchange [81250 - 81553]

  ( Heading of Chapter 2 repealed (by Sec. 3) and added by Stats. 1998, Ch. 657, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 15. Lease and Lease-Purchase of Sites, Buildings, and Facilities [81520 - 81532]
  ( Article 15 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

81520.
  

The provisions of this article shall govern the lease or lease-purchase of sites, buildings, and facilities by the governing board of community college district whenever the district is the lessee or purchaser and the lease or lease-purchase is not subject to Section 18 of Article XVI of the California Constitution.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

81521.
  

For purposes of this article the following definitions shall govern:

(a) “Temporary-use building” is any building for which the intended use by the district at the time of entering into a lease contract or agreement is not for more than three years from the date of first occupancy.

(b) “Relocatable structure” is any structure that is designed to be relocated.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

81522.
  

(a) The governing board of a community college district may lease land for a term extending to the expected duration of use by the district.

(b) Any lease contract or agreement entered into pursuant to this section shall be initiated by resolution authorizing such action and prescribing the terms thereof adopted by vote of a majority of the members of the governing board.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

81523.
  

(a) The governing board of a community college district may lease temporary-use buildings for a term extending to the expected duration of use by the district.

(b) Any lease agreement or contract entered into pursuant to this section shall be initiated by resolution authorizing such action and prescribing the terms thereof adopted by vote of a majority of the members of the governing board.

(c) A governing board of a community college district shall not enter into a lease pursuant to subdivision (a), unless the resolution adopted pursuant to subdivision (b) has been published in a newspaper published in the district and having a general circulation there; or if there is no such newspaper, then in a newspaper having a general circulation in the district; or if there is no such newspaper, then in a newspaper having a general circulation in a county in which the district or any part thereof is situated. Notice shall be published no less than once a week for three weeks prior to the execution of the lease by the board.

(d) Any temporary-use building in which students are expected to enter and which is leased under one, or successive leases, for a total time in excess of three years, or under a lease-purchase contract, shall be subject to the provisions of Article 7 (commencing with Section 81130) and Article 8 (commencing with Section 81160) of Chapter 1 of this part.

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 373.)

81523.5.
  

(a) Notwithstanding subdivision (d) of Section 81523, in order to adequately assess long-term site viability, any temporary use building that is 50,000 square feet or less which the Los Angeles Community College District leases under one, or successive leases, for a total time of five years or less, and in which students or faculty are expected to enter, shall be exempt from the provisions of Article 7 (commencing with Section 81130) and Article 8 (commencing with Section 81160) of Chapter 1.

(b) This section does not apply to a lease with an effective date or effective renewal date that is on or after January 1, 2015.

(Added by Stats. 2009, Ch. 390, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 2010.)

81524.
  

Any lease contract or agreement entered into pursuant to Section 81523 shall be subject to the condition that the site on which any temporary-use building is located shall be owned by the district, or shall be under the control of the community college district pursuant to a lease or lease-purchase contract or agreement under the terms of which the land is leased to the district for a term at least as long as the intended use of the building, and under conditions that are compatible with the intended use of the building.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

81525.
  

Any lease contract or agreement entered into pursuant to Section 81523 may provide for the joint use and occupancy by any public or private entity.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

81526.
  

(a) The governing board of a community college district may lease relocatable structures for a term extending to the expected duration of use by the district, but not to exceed 10 years.

(b) Any lease agreement or contract entered into pursuant to this section shall be initiated by resolution authorizing such action and prescribing the terms thereof adopted by vote of a majority of the members of the governing board.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

81527.
  

In any lease made pursuant to Section 81526, it shall be competent to provide that the community college district lessee may purchase the relocatable structure at an agreed purchase price and that rental paid for the use of such structure or building shall be applied in whole or in part upon the purchase price.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

81528.
  

Any lease contract or agreement entered into pursuant to Section 81526 shall be subject to the following conditions:

(a) A leased relocatable structure in which students are expected to enter and which is to be used for school purposes for a total time in excess of three years shall be subject to the provisions of Article 7 (commencing with Section 81130) and Article 8 (commencing with Section 81160) of Chapter 1 of this part.

(b) Subdivision (a) of this section shall not apply to trailer coaches used for classrooms or laboratories if such trailer coaches conform to the requirements of Part 2 (commencing with Section 18000) of Division 13 of the Health and Safety Code, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder concerning mobilehomes, are not expanded or fitted together with other sections to form one unit greater than 16 feet in width, are used for special educational purposes, and are used by not more than 12 students at a time, except that such trailer coaches may be used by not more than 20 students at a time for driver training purposes.

(c) The site on which a leased relocatable structure is located shall be owned by the community college district, or shall be under the control of the district pursuant to a lease or a permit.

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 373.)

81529.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the governing board of a community college district may designate a building, which is primarily used for other than public school purposes, as an “offsite location” for the purpose of conducting instruction in educational programs as prescribed by the governing board, provided that such educational programs require an “offsite location” in order to adequately fulfill the objective of the educational program.

(b) Any building used as an “offsite location” pursuant to subdivision (a) shall not be subject to Article 7 (commencing with Section 81130) of, or Article 8 (commencing with Section 81160) of, Chapter 1 of this part.

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 373.)

81530.
  

The governing board of a community college district may do all of the following:

(a) Lease buildings and other facilities, such as administrative offices, warehouses, athletic facilities, outdoor assembly facilities, auditoriums, quarters for adult education, transportation facilities, and communication facilities, for a period of not to exceed 12 years.

(b) Lease property from the federal government, the state, or any county, city and county, city, or district for the purpose of constructing school buildings and facilities thereon.

(c) Except as otherwise provided, any building leased for a total time in excess of three years, or under a lease-purchase agreement, shall be deemed the construction or alteration of a school building, as those terms are used in Article 7 (commencing with Section 81130). A building or facility used by a community college district under a lease or a lease-purchase agreement into which neither students nor teachers are required to enter and which would be excluded from the meaning of “school building” in Section 81160 shall not be considered to be a “school building” within the meaning of Section 81130.5.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 758, Sec. 118. Effective January 1, 1996.)

81530.5.
  

(a) Notwithstanding Section 81530, or any other provision of law, a community college district may lease an offsite commercial building that does not meet the requirements of Section 81130, for use as a school building, as defined in Section 81130.5, if the governing board of the district finds that all of the following conditions have been met:

(1) The building was constructed in accordance with seismic safety standards for commercial buildings constructed within an earthquake zone.

(2) The building permit for the initial construction of the building was issued on or after January 1, 1990.

(3) A structural engineer has inspected the building and submitted a report to the governing board of the community college district that certifies that the building is in substantial compliance with the requirements of this article. For purposes of this section, substantial compliance with this article means that the building is likely, without catastrophic collapse, to resist earthquake forces generated by major earthquakes of the intensity and severity of the strongest experienced in California, but may experience some reparable architectural or structural damage. This certification requirement is satisfied if the structural engineer affixes his or her seal of approval to the report and he or she attests in that report that to the best of his or her knowledge:

(A) He or she has reviewed the design calculations, construction documents, and the local government construction inspection records of the building, to the extent those items are available.

(B) He or she has authorized testing and has observed or reviewed the test results and the inspections of an adequate sample of the structure’s welds, anchor bolts, and other structural elements deemed necessary for the satisfactory performance of the building.

(C) He or she has observed that the overhead nonstructural elements, including, but not limited to, light fixtures, heating, and air-conditioning diffusers are adequately braced or anchored.

(b) The governing board of the community college district shall forward the report submitted pursuant to paragraph (3) of subdivision (a) to the Department of General Services for its review. Within 45 working days, the Department of General Services shall review the report for compliance with the above requirements, to provide feedback to the structural engineer regarding any insufficiencies with the report, and to determine whether or not the building is in substantial compliance with the requirements of this article. If the Department of General Services does not respond within 45 working days of the submission of the final and complete report, the department will be deemed to have concurred with the structural engineer’s report. A final decision by the governing board of the community college district to occupy the building for school purposes shall not occur until the governing board has reviewed and considered the feedback of the department, or the 45 workday review period has passed.

(c) (1) No member of the governing board of a community college district, nor any employee of a community college district, shall be held personally liable for injury to persons or damage to property resulting from the fact that the governing board of the community college district used a commercial building pursuant to this subdivision for a school and the building was not constructed under the requirements of Section 81130.

(2) The exemption from personal liability for members of the governing board and employees of a community college district described in paragraph (1) is not intended to limit the liability of the community college district for injury to persons or damage to property resulting from the fact that the governing board or any employee of the community college district used a commercial building pursuant to this subdivision for educational purposes and the building was not constructed under the requirements of Section 81130. The exemption from personal liability for members of the governing board and employees of a community college district described in paragraph (1) is not intended to limit the liability of the community college district, the governing board or the district’s employees pursuant to Section 835 of the Government Code.

(3) Section 81144 is not applicable to a person who, pursuant to this section, leases or uses a building for a community college building that meets the requirements of this section but does not meet the requirements of Section 81130. Approval and use of a building pursuant to this section does not constitute a violation of this article.

(Added by Stats. 1998, Ch. 610, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1999.)

81531.
  

Any lease or lease-purchase contract or agreement executed prior to the effective date of this article shall remain in full force and effect. The renewal of such contracts or agreements, however, shall be governed by the provisions of this article.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

81532.
  

Notwithstanding any limitations or requirements imposed by this article upon the leasing or renewal of leasing of relocatable structures on and after August 27, 1974, all acts and proceedings heretofore taken by or on behalf of any community college district for the lease of, or the renewal of a lease of, relocatable structures, including but not limited to trailers, are hereby confirmed, validated and declared to be legally effective and such lease agreements or renewals of such lease agreements are legal, valid and binding obligations if such lease agreements or renewals of such lease agreements would have otherwise been authorized under former Education Code Section 15352 or 15352.5 had such sections not been repealed on August 27, 1974, by Chapter 547 of the Statutes of 1974.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

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