Article 4. Contracts of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 10. >> Part 17. >> Chapter 4. >> Article 4.
The district may make contracts and enter into stipulations
of any nature whatsoever, either in connection with eminent domain
proceedings or otherwise, including, but not limited to, contracts
and stipulations to indemnify and hold harmless, to employ labor, and
to perform 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, with any public agency, including, but not limited
to, the Department of Transportation, any county, city, or district,
or with any person or a private entity upon the terms and conditions
that the district finds in its best interest for the procurement of
engineering, project management, and contract management services.
(a) The purchase of all supplies, equipment, and materials,
when the expenditure required exceeds one hundred thousand dollars
($100,000), shall, by contract, be let to the lowest responsible
bidder, or, in the district's discretion, to the responsible bidder
who submitted a proposal that provides the best value to the district
on the basis of the factors identified in the solicitation. "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.
(b) To the extent practicable, the district shall obtain a minimum
of three quotations, either written or oral, that permit prices and
terms to be compared whenever the expected expenditure required for
the purchase of supplies, equipment, or materials exceeds two
thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), but does not exceed one
hundred thousand dollars ($100,000).