Article 1. Corporate Power of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 10. >> Part 9. >> Chapter 6. >> Article 1.
The district has perpetual succession and may adopt a seal
and alter it at 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.
The district may exercise the right of eminent domain to
take any property necessary or convenient to the exercise of the
powers granted in this part. The district, in exercising such power
shall, in addition to the damage for the taking, injury, or
destruction of property, also pay the cost of removal,
reconstruction, or relocation of any structure, railways, mains,
pipes, conduits, cables or poles of any public utility or public
district which is required to be moved to a new location.
No action in eminent domain to acquire property within any
incorporated city or any county shall be commenced unless the
legislative body of the affected city or county has consented to such
acquisition by resolution.
No such taking or acquisition by the district which would involve
the abandonment, removal, relocation, or use of property of a
railroad corporation, as defined in Section 230 of this code, shall
be permitted, unless the Public Utilities Commission, after hearing,
shall find and determine that the public interest and necessity
require the abandonment, removal, relocation, or use of such property
and that such taking or acquisition will not unreasonably impair the
ability of the railroad corporation involved to provide safe,
adequate, economical, and efficient service.