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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 9. Southern California Rapid Transit District [20230 - 20234]
  ( Heading of Article 9 amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1128, Sec. 17. )

20230.
  

The provisions of this article shall apply to contracts by the Southern California Rapid Transit District, as provided for in Part 3 (commencing with Section 30000) of Division 10 of the Public Utilities Code.

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

20231.5.
  

(a) The Legislature finds and declares that the award of purchase contracts by the Southern California Rapid Transit District under competitive bid procedures may not be feasible for products and materials which are undergoing rapid technological changes or for the introduction of new technologies into district operations, and that in these circumstances it is in the public interest to consider the broadest possible range of competing products and materials available, fitness of purpose, manufacturer’s warranty, and other similar factors in addition to price in the award of these contracts.

(b) This section applies only to the purchase by the district of computers, telecommunications equipment, fare collection equipment, microwave equipment, and other related electronic equipment and apparatus, and of rail cars. This section does not apply to contracts for construction or for the procurement of any product available in substantial quantities to the general public.

(c) The board may, after a finding by a two-thirds vote that a particular procurement qualifies under subdivision (b), direct that the procurement be conducted through competitive negotiation under this section. For purposes of this section, competitive negotiation includes, but is not limited to, all of the following requirements:

(1) The request for proposals shall be prepared and submitted to an adequate number of qualified sources, as determined by the board, to permit reasonable competition consistent with the nature and requirements of the procurement. In addition, notice of the request for proposals shall be published at least twice in a newspaper of general circulation, at least 10 days before the date for receipt of the proposals. The board shall make every effort to generate the maximum feasible number of proposals from qualified sources and shall make a finding to that effect before proceeding to negotiate if only a single response to the request for proposals is received.

(2) The request for proposals shall identify all significant evaluation factors, including price, and their relative importance.

(3) The board shall provide reasonable procedures for technical evaluation of the proposals received, identification of qualified sources, and selection for contract award.

(4) Award shall be made to the qualified proposer whose proposal will be most advantageous to the district, with price and all other factors considered. If award is not made to the bidder whose proposal contains the lowest price, the board shall make a finding setting forth the basis for the award.

(d) The board may reject any and all proposals and request new proposals, at its discretion.

(e) Upon making an award to a qualified proposer, the board, upon request, shall make available to all other proposers and to the public, an analysis of the award which provides the basis for the selection of that particular qualified proposal.

(f)  A person who submits, or who plans to submit, a proposal may protest any acquisition conducted in accordance with this section as follows:

(1) Protests based on the content of the request for proposals shall be filed with the district within 10 calendar days after the request for proposals is first advertised in accordance with subdivision (c). The district shall issue a written decision on the protest prior to the opening of proposals. A protest may be renewed by refiling the protest with the district within 15 calendar days after the mailing of the notice of the recommended award.

(2) Any bidder may protest the recommended award on any ground not based upon the content of the request for proposals by filing a protest with the district within 15 calendar days after the mailing of the notice of the recommended 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 proposals in the case of protests based on the content of the request for proposals, 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 request for proposals.

(g) Provisions in any contract concerning women and minority business enterprises, which provisions are in accordance with the request for proposals, shall not be subject to negotiation with the successful bidder.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 591, Sec. 1.)

20232.
  

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

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

20233.
  

In case of an emergency, the board may, by resolution passed by a vote of two-thirds of all its members, declare and determine that public interest and necessity demand the immediate expenditure of public money to safeguard life, health, property, or the public welfare, and thereupon proceed to expend or enter into a contract involving the expenditure of any sum needed to respond to the emergency without observance of the provisions requiring contracts, bids, or notice. If notice for bids to let contracts will not be given, the board shall also comply with Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 22050).

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 803, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1995.)

20234.
  

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:

(a) Cash.

(b) A cashier’s check made payable to the district.

(c) A certified check made payable to the district.

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

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 district beyond 60 days from the time the award is made.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 808, Sec. 12.)

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