Article 2. Contracts of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 10. >> Part 14. >> Chapter 5. >> Article 2.
The district may make contracts and enter into stipulations
of any nature whatsoever, either in connection with eminent domain
proceedings or otherwise, including, without limiting the generality
of the foregoing, contracts and stipulations to indemnify and save
harmless, to employ labor, and to do all acts necessary and
convenient for the full exercise of the powers granted in this part.
The district may contract with any department or agency of
the United States of America, with any public agency, or with any
person upon such terms and conditions as the board finds is for the
best interest of the district.
(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), contracts for
the purchase of supplies, equipment, and materials in excess of one
hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) shall be by contract let to the
lowest responsible bidder or, in the district's discretion, to the
responsible bidder that submitted a proposal that provides the best
value, as defined in paragraph (1), to the district on the basis of
the factors identified in the solicitation.
(1) For purposes of this section, "best value" means the overall
combination of quality, price, and other elements of a proposal that,
when considered together, provide the greatest overall benefit in
response to the requirements described in the solicitation documents.
(2) To the extent practicable, when the expected procurement
required exceeds three thousand dollars ($3,000) but does not exceed
one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), a minimum of three
quotations shall be obtained, either written or oral, which permit
prices and other terms to be compared.
(b) The provisions of subdivision (a) do not apply in the case of
an emergency declared by a four-fifths vote of the board of
(c) This section applies solely to the procurement of supplies,
equipment, and materials and shall not apply to construction
Notwithstanding Section 102222 or any other provision of
law, the district may procure one or more streetcars that operated
more than 50 years ago in the district's service area without having
to comply with competitive bidding procedures.
The district may insure against any accident or destruction
of the system or any part thereof. The district may insure against
loss of revenues from any cause whatsoever. It may provide, in the
proceedings authorizing the issuance of any bonds, for the carrying
of insurance in such amount and of such character as may be
specified, and for the payment of the premiums thereon. The district
may also provide insurance as provided in Part 6 (commencing with
Section 989), Division 3.6, Title 1 of the Government Code.
The district may contract for the services of independent