Article 60.5. Reclamation Districts of California Public Contract Code >> Division 2. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 60.5.

This article applies to contracts by reclamation districts formed under special acts of the Legislature or under Division 15 (commencing with Section 50000) of the Water Code or any district which is otherwise authorized to act under that division.
All contracts for any improvement or unit of work, or for materials or supplies, in excess of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) shall be let to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder, except as otherwise provided in this article.
It is unlawful to split or separate into smaller work orders or projects for the purpose of evading the provisions of this article requiring work to be done by contract after competitive bidding.
The board shall advertise for bids by at least two insertions, not less than five days apart, in a newspaper of general circulation circulated within the district, or if there is none, shall post notice at least 10 days before the date of opening of bids in at least three public places in the district that have been designated by resolution of the district as the places for posting public notices. The notice inviting sealed bids shall state the proposed improvement or work and shall set a date for opening of bids.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, whenever a district participates in any federal or state assistance program, the district shall comply with the procurement requirements of that program to the extent that the requirements are more restrictive than those set forth in this article.
The board shall have the right to reject any and all bids not suitable to the best interests of the district. In its discretion, the board may readvertise for new bids or negotiate an offered bid, if it is the sole bid received and the negotiated price does not exceed the offered bid for the work as advertised. If two or more bids are the same and are the lowest, the district board may accept the one it chooses. If no bids are received, the district board may proceed to complete the project by force account or contract without further compliance with this article.
(a) In the event of any emergency, the board may negotiate and award a contract for construction of work to prevent damage or repair damaged works without advertising for bids and expend any sum reasonably required in the emergency. If notice for bids to let contracts will not be given, the board shall comply with Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 22050).
  (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the board or any trustee authorizing or contracting for work in an emergency shall, if practicable, informally solicit bids or requests for proposals to seek to obtain the best terms possible, including the lowest price term, given the urgent circumstances of the emergency, and, promptly after the emergency ends, shall document the circumstances of the emergency and the bid or proposal accepted.
  (c) Work to further reconstruct or rehabilitate damaged works after the emergency ends shall be subject to the requirements of this article.
The limitations set forth in Section 20921 may be exceeded to a maximum of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) for projects and purchases of materials for projects for which no assistance from federal, state, or other local governmental agencies is requested, if that approval is secured from the landowners of the district representing at least two-thirds of the assessment valuation of the district, or if no assessment has been collected within the prior year, by the landowners representing at least two-thirds of the acreage within the district. The approval may be obtained either through a special election held for that purpose or by written consent of the approving landowners. The special election may be conducted by mail ballot.