Article 32. City Councils—municipal Lighting Maintenance District Act Of 1927 of California Public Contract Code >> Division 2. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 32.

The provisions of this article shall apply to contracts by a city council, as provided in the Municipal Lighting Maintenance District Act of 1927, Part 3 (commencing with Section 18600) of Division 14 of the Streets and Highways Code.
The city council shall make all contracts and all necessary provisions for the furnishing of the maintenance and operation finally determined upon for the lighting systems which are to be maintained and operated from funds of the district. Such contracts shall be made in the same manner and after the same notice and by the same persons as other city contracts for such items of maintenance and operation are made unless such contracts of the city are not required to be made after competitive bidding. In that case the contracts for the district shall be let only after competitive bidding and the officer whose duty it is to let contracts for such items for the city shall give or cause to be given a notice inviting sealed bids on the items to be purchased and fix a time and place at which the bids will be opened and declared in public. The contract shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, or if necessary for the public good any and all bids may be rejected and in such case readvertisement shall be had in the same manner as before. The notice inviting bids shall be published at least twice and the first publication shall be at least 10 days before the time set for opening the sealed bids.
(a) 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:
  (1) Cash.
  (2) A cashier's check made payable to the district.
  (3) A certified check made payable to the district.
  (4) A bidder's bond executed by an admitted surety insurer, made payable to the district.
  (b) 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.