Article 59. Public Entities—tree Planting Act Of 1931 of California Public Contract Code >> Division 2. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 59.

The provisions of this article shall apply to contracts by public entities as provided for in the Tree Planting Act of 1931 pursuant to Part 1 (commencing with Section 22000) of Division 15 of the Streets and Highways Code.
The board may direct the city forester to let contracts for all or any part of any improvement ordered by the city council. The city forester shall let the said contracts to the lowest responsible bidder, after notice by publication in two successive issues of any daily, or in one issue of any weekly, newspaper published and circulated in the city, or if there is no such newspaper, by posting for five days at three public places in the city. The work so contracted for shall be done under the supervision of the city forester.
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 local agency.
  (c) A certified check made payable to the local agency.
  (d) A bidder's bond executed by an admitted surety insurer, made payable to the local agency. 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 local agency beyond 60 days from the time the award is made.
If the contractor abandons the work, or fails to proceed with it as rapidly as required by the contract, the city forester may relet the work in the same manner as in the first letting, or complete or cause it to be completed in any other manner he or she deems advisable. The city forester may retain the amount of any expense incidental to the reletting, out of any funds due or to become due to the contractor, and may also hold the contractor and the sureties upon the contractor's bond responsible for any additional expenses and for any damages resulting from the abandonment or failure to complete the contract.
The legislative body, by contract or otherwise, shall provide for the performance of all work ordered by it pursuant to this article, including the construction and installation of any improvements and the furnishing of maintenance or service for any improvements.
All or any part of the improvements may be constructed, installed, or owned and all or any part of the maintenance and servicing of any of the improvements may be provided by one or any combination of any of the following:
  (a) The local agency conducting proceedings.
  (b) Any other public agency.
  (c) Any public utility.
The local agency, by contract made with another public agency or with a public utility, may provide for the construction, installation, or ownership of any improvements or for the furnishing of maintenance or service for any improvements. Any contract with another public agency shall be made in compliance with all laws applicable to the other public agency and to the local agency. Any contract with a public utility shall be made in compliance with and subject to all tariffs, rules, and rate schedules of the public utility on file with and approved by the Public Utilities Commission. Except as otherwise provided in this section, a contract may contain such provisions as may be agreed upon by the local agency and the other public agency or the public utility, as the case may be.
Except for any work provided for by contract made pursuant to Section 20897, the legislative body shall provide for the construction or installation of all improvements and for the furnishing of maintenance and service for any improvements in accordance with and subject to all laws applicable to the local agency, including any laws requiring the letting of contracts after competitive bidding.