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The district has perpetual succession and may adopt a seal
and alter it at its pleasure.
The district may sue and be sued, except as otherwise
provided by law, in all actions and proceedings, in all courts and
tribunals of competent jurisdiction.
All claims for money or damages against the district are
governed by Division 3.6 (commencing with Section 810) of Title 1 of
the Government Code except as provided therein, or by other statutes
or regulations expressly applicable thereto.
The district shall not levy any tax unless a majority of
the electors voting on the measure vote to authorize the levy of the
tax at a special election called for that purpose by the board of
Whenever a bond election is held to authorize incurring bonded
indebtedness pursuant to Section 100400, the ordinance calling the
election shall include a statement of the tax or taxes to be levied
or continued to be levied and used, to the extent such taxes are
required to pay principal of and interest on the bonds as the same
become due, to provide any sinking fund payments required therefor,
or to create or maintain any reserve fund required therefor. A vote
in favor of the issuance of the bonds shall authorize the board to
levy and collect such taxes. The ordinance levying such taxes shall
not be repealed until all bonds payable from the revenues derived
from such taxes have been fully paid or provision has been made for
their payment in full.
Except as otherwise provided in this part, district
elections shall be called, held, and conducted as provided by the
Uniform District Election Law.
The district may exercise any and all powers granted by any
other law that, by its terms, is applicable to transit districts
generally, to public agencies generally, or to any classification of
districts or public agencies that includes a district of the type
provided for in this part, but the district shall not exercise any
power contrary to an express provision of this part.
(a) The authority may administer and implement any
adopted countywide transportation expenditure plan funded in an
amount greater than 50 percent from revenues derived from a retail
transaction and use tax, if so designated in the plan or if the
authority and the entity that imposes the tax have entered into an
agreement that so provides. The authority may exercise those powers
necessary to carry out this purpose.
(b) The authority may do any and all things necessary to ensure
the completion of any projects established in a plan as set forth in
subdivision (a). These projects may include, but are not limited to,
all of the following:
(1) The construction and improvement of state highways.
(2) The construction, maintenance, and improvement of local roads,
streets, and county highways.
(3) The construction, improvement, and operation of public transit
systems, including paratransit services.
(4) The construction and improvement of bicycle and transportation
(c) The authority shall consult with and coordinate any actions
for administering and implementing a plan as set forth in subdivision
(a) with the cities in the county, the board of supervisors, and the
Department of Transportation.
(d) Nothing in this section shall vary the terms of the
cooperative agreement dated July 1, 1999, between the authority and
the County of Santa Clara for the construction of transportation
projects utilizing local transaction and use tax revenues derived
from Santa Clara County general tax Measure B approved by the voters
in November 1996. If any of the provisions of this section conflict
with the provisions of that cooperative agreement, the provisions of
the cooperative agreement shall take precedence.