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Public Contract Code - PCC

DIVISION 2. GENERAL PROVISIONS [1100 - 22355]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1981, Ch. 306. )

PART 3. CONTRACTING BY LOCAL AGENCIES [20100 - 22178]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11. )

CHAPTER 1. Local Agency Public Construction Act [20100 - 20929]

  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11. )

ARTICLE 30. City Councils—Street Lighting Act of 1919 [20500 - 20507]
  ( Heading of Article 30 amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1128, Sec. 38. )

20500.
  

The provisions of this article shall apply to contracts by a city council, as provided in the Street Lighting Act of 1919, Part 1 (commencing with Section 18000) of Division 14 of the Streets and Highways Code.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20501.
  

(a) The city council shall, within 10 days after the establishment of the district, invite bids for the making of the improvement by ordering a notice of the invitation to be published by two successive insertions in a daily or weekly newspaper published or circulated in the city and designated by the city council for that purpose. However, if the city council determines that there is only one contractor practically capable of serving the street lighting system to be improved in the manner provided in the plans and specifications contained in the report provided for in Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 18040) of Part 1 of Division 14 of the Streets and Highways Code and that the contractor is subject to the jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Commission of the State of California, the city council may, in its discretion, without competitive bidding, order the improvement to be carried out by the contractor in accordance with rates and rules filed by it from time to time with the Public Utilities Commission.

(b) All bids for construction work shall be presented under sealed cover and shall be accompanied by one of the following forms of bidder’s security which amounts to 10 percent of the bid:

(1) Cash.

(2) A cashier’s check made payable to the city.

(3) A certified check made payable to the city.

(4) A bidder’s bond executed by an admitted surety insurer, made payable to the city.

The security shall be forfeited to the city in case the bidder depositing it does not, within 15 days after the notice that the contract has been awarded to him or her, enter into a contract with the city for making the improvement, the faithful performance of which shall be secured by an undertaking in those penal sums as the city council shall require, with sureties satisfactory to that body. In any case where competitive bidding is required, the contract shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder. Upon an award to the lowest bidder, the security of an unsuccessful bidder shall be returned in a reasonable period of time, but in no event shall that security be held by the city beyond 60 days from the time the award is made.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 808, Sec. 31.)

20502.
  

The contract shall require that the improvement be made, and the improvement shall be made, strictly in accordance with the plans and specifications contained in the report provided for in Chapter 3 of Part 1 of Division 14 of the Streets and Highways Code.

The contract for service shall be for a period not less than three years from and after the date electric energy and service is first delivered to the lighting district pursuant to such contract and shall be extended automatically thereafter for successive terms of one year each; provided, that the agreement may be terminated by either party upon not less than 60 days’ written notice prior to the expiration date of the original term or any extended term; and provided further, that the contract for service may be for a period of less than three years by mutual consent of the city council and the contractor.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20503.
  

The improvement shall be made under the supervision of the board, officer or person designated by the city council, and no portion shall be paid for until it has been accepted by that board, officer or person.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20504.
  

If the contractor abandons the making of the improvement, or fails to proceed with it as rapidly as required by his contract, the city council may relet the contract in the same manner as in the case of the first letting thereof and retain the amount of the cost of the portion relet, and of any expenses incidental to the reletting, out of any funds due or to become due to the contractor. The city council may also hold the contractor and his sureties responsible upon his bond for such cost and expense, and for any damages resulting from such abandonment or failure.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20505.
  

The city council may, at any time within 20 days after the opening of bids, or, if no bids are received, at any time within 20 days after the time fixed for the opening of bids, order by resolution adopted by a vote of two-thirds of all of its members, that the city itself execute the work of the improvement, or any part thereof, in accordance with the plans and specifications adopted for such work, or for such part thereof, and employ the labor and provide the materials, appliances, supplies or illuminating agent necessary therefor. The cost and expenses of such work, or of such part thereof, shall be paid out of the special fund collected to pay for the improvement. If the city council orders that only a part of the work of the improvement be executed by the city then the city council may reject all bids, if any, received for such part of the work and may proceed with the award of the contract for the remaining part of the work.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20506.
  

If the work of the improvement, or any part thereof, is executed by the city, then the amount appropriated and used from the special fund to pay the costs and expenses of the work or part thereof executed by the city shall not exceed the amount of the respective lowest valid bid received for such work or for such part thereof, or, if no bids have been received and the work of the improvement is executed by the city the amount appropriated and used from the special fund to pay the costs and expenses of such work shall not exceed the amount of the respective estimate thereof provided for in Section 18041 of the Streets and Highways Code. If such costs and expenses exceed the amount of the said bid, or of the said estimate in case no bids are received, then such excess cost and expense shall be paid out of any moneys in the general fund in the city treasury.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20507.
  

At any time after the funds for the proposed improvement, or any part thereof, are in the hands of the city treasurer, the city council may, without calling for bids, order by resolution, adopted by a vote of two-thirds of all its members, that the city itself execute the work of such improvement, or any part thereof, in accordance with the plans and specifications adopted for such work or for such part thereof, and employ the labor, and provide the materials, appliances, supplies or illuminating agent necessary therefor. In such case the costs and expenses of such work, or of such part thereof, shall be paid out of the aforesaid funds, except that if such costs and expenses exceed the amount of the respective estimates provided for in Section 18041 of the Streets and Highways Code, then such excess shall be paid out of the moneys in the general fund in the city treasury.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

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