Law:Division 11. Transit Development Boards (California)

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Chapter 1. General Provisions And Definitions

Ca Codes (puc:120000-120001) Public Utilities Code Section 120000-120001



120000. This division shall be known and may be cited as the Mills-Deddeh Transit Development Act.


120001. As used in this division, "board" means a county transit development board created pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 120050).


Chapter 2. Creation Of Boards

Ca Codes (puc:120050-120054) Public Utilities Code Section 120050-120054



120050. (a) There is hereby established the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board in that portion of the County of San Diego as described in Section 120054. (b) The board shall also be known as the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. Any reference in law to the board shall be construed to include a reference to the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.


120050.2. The board consists of 15 members selected as follows: (a) One member of the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors, appointed by the board of supervisors. (b) Four members of the City Council of the City of San Diego, one of whom may be the mayor, appointed by the city council. (c) One member of each city council appointed individually by the City Councils of the Cities of Chula Vista, Coronado, El Cajon, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Poway, and Santee. (d) One person, a resident of San Diego County, elected by a two-thirds vote of the board, a quorum being present, who shall serve as chairperson of the board. The chairperson shall serve for a term of four years, except that he or she is subject to removal at any time by a two-thirds vote of the board, a quorum being present. If the person elected chairperson is also a member of the board, the appointing power may not fill the vacancy created by the election of that member as chairperson as long as that member remains chairperson and, if removed as chairperson, that person shall resume the position on the board he or she vacated upon election as chairperson. Section 120102.5 does not apply to any vote taken under this subdivision. Further, in the event that the chairperson is elected from the membership of the board, the County of San Diego shall then have two members appointed by the board of supervisors and the board membership shall remain at 15. In the event the subsequently elected chairperson is not a member, the membership on the board of the second appointee of the County of San Diego shall be suspended and the board membership shall remain at 15.


120050.5. Any person who is a member of the board may be appointed by his or her appointing authority to continue to serve as a member of the board after the termination of his or her term of office for a period not to exceed four years after the date of termination of his or her term of elected office.

120051. The member of the board of supervisors appointed pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 120050.2 shall represent one of the two supervisorial districts with the greatest percentage of its area within the incorporated area of the County of San Diego within the area under the jurisdiction of the transit development board as defined in Section 120054.


120051.1. The member of the board of supervisors appointed pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 120050.2 shall represent the supervisorial district with the greatest percentage of its area within the unincorporated area of the County of San Diego under the jurisdiction of the transit development board as defined in Section 120054.


120051.6. The alternate members of the board shall be appointed as follows: (a) The County of San Diego Board of Supervisors shall appoint any other county supervisor who qualifies for appointment pursuant to Section 120051 to serve as an alternate member of the transit development board. (b) The City Council of the City of San Diego shall appoint a member of the city council not already appointed pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 120050.2 to serve as an alternate member of the transit development board for each of the members appointed by the city council to the transit development board. (c) The city councils specified in subdivision (c) of Section 120050.2 shall each individually appoint a member of their respective city councils not already appointed pursuant to that subdivision to serve as an alternate member of the transit development board. (d) At its discretion, a city council or the county board of supervisors may appoint a second alternate member, in the same manner as members are appointed, to serve on the board in the event that neither a member nor the alternate member is able to attend a meeting of the board. (e) An alternate member and second alternate member shall be subject to the same restrictions and shall have the same powers, when serving on the board, as a member. (f) If the board elects a person other than a member of the board to serve as chairperson, the board may, upon a two-thirds vote, a quorum being present, appoint a San Diego County resident as an alternate member of the board for that person elected chairperson. If the board elects a person who is a member of the board to serve as chairperson, the County of San Diego shall appoint an alternate supervisor for the supervisor appointed pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 120050.2.

120054. The area of the board shall consist of all of the following: (a) The Cities of Chula Vista, Coronado, El Cajon, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Poway, San Diego, and Santee. (b) All of the unincorporated area of the County of San Diego, except as otherwise included within the North San Diego County Transit Development Board in Section 125052. (c) All the unincorporated area of the County of San Diego surrounded by the cities specified in subdivisions (a) and (b).


Chapter 3. Administration

Ca Codes (puc:120100-120109) Public Utilities Code Section 120100-120109



120100. The board at its first meeting, and thereafter annually at the first meeting in January, shall elect a vice chair who shall preside in the absence of the chair. In the event of the absence or inability to act by the chair or vice chair, the chair pro tempore shall preside.


120101. The board shall establish rules for its proceedings.


120102.5. (a) A majority of the members of the board constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business. All official acts of the board require the affirmative vote of the majority of the members of the board. However, after a vote of the members is taken, a weighted vote may be called by any two members, at least one of whom is not a City of San Diego representative. (b) In the case of a weighted vote, each of the four representatives of the City of San Diego shall exercise 12 1/2 weighted votes, for a total of 50 votes. The County of San Diego and each city, other than the City of San Diego, shall, in total, exercise 49 weighted votes to be apportioned annually by population. The chairperson, if not chosen from the membership of the board, shall exercise one weighted vote. (c) Approval under the weighted vote procedure requires the vote of the representatives of not less than three jurisdictions representing not less than 51 percent of the total weighted vote to supersede the original action of the board. (d) The weighted vote procedure shall not be used on any matter of purely intracity local service, unless it is the desire of the affected city or jurisdiction. (e) The weighted vote procedure shall not be used for purposes of subdivision (c) of Section 120265. (f) For purposes of subdivision (c), the population of the County of San Diego is the population in the unincorporated area of the county within the area of jurisdiction of the transit development board. (g) The board shall adopt a policy and procedure to implement this section.

120103. The acts of the board shall be expressed by motion, resolution, or ordinance.


120104. All meetings of the board shall be conducted in the manner prescribed by the Ralph M. Brown Act (Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 54950), Part 1, Division 2, Title 5 of the Government Code).


120105. The board shall perform the following duties: (a) Determine whether to operate exclusive public mass transit guideways or to let contracts for their operation in conformity with state labor laws and subdivision (d) of Section 120508. (b) Determine the means to finance the operation of public mass transit guideways. (c) Adopt an annual budget and fix the compensation of its officers and employees. (d) Adopt an administrative code, by ordinance, that shall prescribe the powers and duties of board officers, the method of appointment of board employees, and methods, procedures, and systems of operation and management of the board. The administrative code shall also provide for, among other things, the appointment of a general manager or chief executive officer, and the organization of the employees of the board into units for finance and administration, planning and operations, property acquisition and management, and community relations, and other units as the board deems necessary. (e) Cause a postaudit of the financial transactions and records of the board to be made at least annually by a certified public accountant. (f) Adopt all ordinances and make all rules and regulations proper or necessary to regulate the use, operation, and maintenance of its property and facilities, including its public transit systems and related transportation facilities and services operating within its area of jurisdiction, and to carry into effect the powers granted to the board. (g) Appoint such advisory commissions as it deems necessary. (h) Do any and all things necessary to carry out the purposes of this division.

120105.5. The board shall appoint a general manager or chief executive officer with experience in the management, planning, and development of urban mass transportation systems.


120106. Notice of time and place of the public hearing for the adoption of the annual budget shall be published pursuant to Section 6061 of the Government Code, and shall be published not later than the 15th day prior to the date of the hearing. The proposed annual budget shall be available for public inspection at least 15 days prior to the hearing.


120107. (a) Each member of the board, including alternate members appointed pursuant to Section 120051.6 when serving in the absence of a regular member, shall be compensated for each day the member attends meetings of the board and committees of the board, not to exceed six committee meetings in any one quarter, and for his or her necessary and reasonable expenses in performing his or her duties as a board member. (b) In addition, the board may, by resolution, authorize and designate members and alternates to be compensated for representing the board by attendance at specified meetings of other governmental entities and public agencies. (c) The board shall, by ordinance, after a public hearing, fix the amounts of compensation payable pursuant to subdivisions (a) and (b).

120108. The board shall maintain accounting records and shall report accounting transactions in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles as adopted by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) of the Financial Accounting Foundation for both public reporting purposes and for reporting of activities to the Controller. The activities of any nonprofit corporation or other legal entity wholly owned or controlled by the board and operating a public transit system shall be reported separately in the board's annual report to the Controller.


120109. (a) The clerk of the board shall cause a proposed ordinance or proposed amendment to an ordinance, and any ordinance adopted by the board, to be published at least once, in a newspaper of general circulation published and circulated in the board's area of jurisdiction. (b) The publication of an ordinance, as required by subdivision (a), may be satisfied by either of the following actions: (1) The board may publish a summary of a proposed ordinance or proposed amendment to an ordinance. The summary shall be prepared by a person designated by the board. The summary shall be published and a certified copy of the full text of the proposed ordinance or proposed amendment shall be posted in the office of the clerk of the board at least five days prior to the board meeting at which the proposed ordinance or amendment is to be adopted. Within 15 days after adoption of the ordinance or amendment, the board shall publish a summary of the ordinance or amendment with the names of those board members voting for and against the ordinance or amendment and the clerk shall post in the office of the clerk a certified copy of the full text of the adopted ordinance or amendment along with the names of those board members voting for and against the ordinance or amendment. (2) If the person designated by the board determines that it is not feasible to prepare a fair and adequate summary of the proposed ordinance or amendment, and if the board so orders, a display advertisement of at least one-quarter of a page in a newspaper of general circulation in the board's area of jurisdiction shall be published at least five days prior to the board meeting at which the proposed ordinance or amendment is to be adopted. Within 15 days after adoption of the ordinance or amendment, a display advertisement of at least one-quarter of a page shall be published. The advertisement shall indicate the general nature of, and provide information regarding, the adopted ordinance or amendment, including information sufficient to enable the public to obtain copies of the complete text of the ordinance or amendment, and the names of those board members voting for and against the ordinance or amendment.


Chapter 4. Powers And Functions

Article 1. Corporate Powers

Ca Codes (puc:120200-120202) Public Utilities Code Section 120200-120202



120200. The board has perpetual succession and may adopt a seal and alter it at its pleasure.


120201. The board may sue and be sued, except as otherwise provided by law, in all actions and proceedings, in all courts and tribunals of competent jurisdiction.


120202. (a) All of the privileges, immunities from liability, and exemptions from laws, ordinances, and rules, and all pension, relief, disability, workers' compensation, and other benefits that apply to the activity of officers, agents, or employees of a public agency when performing their respective functions shall apply to employees of the board, and to any nonprofit public benefit corporation of which the board is the sole member. (b) All claims for money or damages against the board or its employees, and against any nonprofit public benefit corporation of which the board is the sole member or the employees of that corporation, shall be governed by Part 1 (commencing with Section 810), Part 2 (commencing with Section 814), Part 3 (commencing with Section 900), and Part 4 (commencing with Section 940) of Division 3.6 of Title 1 of the Government Code applicable to public agencies and their employees, or by other statutes or regulations expressly applicable thereto.


Article 2. Contracts

Ca Codes (puc:120220-120228) Public Utilities Code Section 120220-120228



120220. The board 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 division.


120220.5. The board may provide and maintain by contract with a public agency or by other means, a security force to enforce its regulations, to preserve and protect any public transit system or project financed pursuant to this division, and to preserve and protect the public peace, health, and safety with respect to its system or projects. Alternatively, the board may contract with a private patrol operator licensed pursuant to Chapter 11.5 (commencing with Section 7580) of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code, with the county sheriff and municipal police departments within the areas described in Section 120054, and with other transit development boards for security, police, and related services.


120221. The board 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 in its best interest.

120222. (a) The Legislature finds and declares that a compelling interest exists in ensuring that all federal, state, local, and private funds available to the board are captured and used in a timely manner. In order to maximize the use of federal, state, local, and private funds and to maintain a competitive posture in seeking supplemental federal funds, the board shall have the authority to establish and use a flexible contracting process to maximize its efficient use of public funds. (b) Except in cases when an article of a specified brand or trade name is the only article that will properly meet the needs of the board or in an emergency declared by the vote of two-thirds of the membership of the board, all contracts for the acquisition or lease of materials, supplies, or equipment in an amount of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), or in excess of that amount as authorized by the board, shall be made or entered into with the lowest responsible bidder meeting specifications. For purposes of determining the lowest bid, the amount of sales tax shall be excluded from the total amount of the bid. When the expected purchase amount of the contract exceeds five thousand dollars ($5,000) and does not exceed one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), the board shall seek a minimum of three quotations, either written or oral, to permit comparison of prices and other terms. (c) Except in cases of an emergency declared by the vote of two-thirds of the membership of the board, the board shall for all contracts for the acquisition of services that exceed one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), that will not be performed by an entity described in Section 120221.5, and that are not within the category of services defined in Section 4525 of the Government Code, solicit bids in writing and award the contract in a competitive procurement process that is in the best interest of the board, including, but not limited to, a negotiated procurement that may or may not evaluate price as a consideration. When the expected amount of the service contract exceeds five thousand dollars ($5,000) and does not exceed one hundred thousand dollars (100,000), the board shall seek a minimum of three quotations, either written or oral, to permit comparison of prices and other terms. (d) The board shall award contracts for architectural, landscape architectural, engineering, environmental, land surveying services, and construction project management services that are in excess of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 4525) of Division 5 of Title 1 of the Government Code. (e) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, the board may use any procurement method authorized for state or local agencies under state or federal law, including, but not limited to, a competitive negotiation process in accordance with the provisions of Article 7.5 (commencing with Section 20216) of Chapter 1 of Part 3 of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code. The board shall maintain acquisition and contracting guidelines and comply with those guidelines in the procurement of all goods and services. (f) Provisions in any federally funded contract concerning disadvantaged business enterprises that are in accordance with the request for proposals shall not be subject to negotiation with the successful bidder.


120223. (a) If, after rejecting bids received under Section 120222, the board determines and declares by a two-thirds vote of all of its members that, in its opinion, the supplies, equipment, or materials may be purchased at a lower price in the open market, the board may proceed to purchase these supplies, equipment, or materials in the open market without further observance of the provisions regarding contracts, bids, or advertisements. (b) If, after solicitation of bids under Section 120222, the board determines and declares by a majority vote that it has not received a responsive bid, the board may proceed to purchase the supplies, equipment, or materials in the open market without further observance of the provisions regarding contracts, bids, or advertisements.


120224.1. (a) Upon determining that immediate remedial measures to avert or alleviate damage to, or to repair or restore damaged or destroyed property of, the board are necessary in order to insure that the facilities of the board are available to serve the transportation needs of the general public or to comply with any state or federal regulation with respect to the operation of public transportation services, and upon determining that available remedial measures, including procurement in compliance with Sections 120222, and 120223, are inadequate, the general manager or chief executive officer may authorize the expenditure of money previously appropriated by the board specifically for the direct purchases of goods and services, without observance of the provisions of those sections. (b) The general manager or chief executive officer, after the expenditure authorized under subdivision (a) has been made, shall submit to the board a full report explaining the necessity for that action.

120224.2. Notwithstanding Section 120222 and upon a finding by two-thirds of all members of the board that a purchase in compliance with Sections 120222 and 120223 does not constitute a method of procurement adequate for the operation of board facilities or equipment, the board may direct the procurement of prototype equipment or modifications in an amount sufficient to conduct and evaluate operational testing without further observance of any provisions requiring contracts, bids, or advertisements.


120224.3. Notwithstanding Section 120222, the board may direct the purchase of any supply, equipment, or materials without observance of any provision requiring contracts, bids, or advertisements upon a finding by two-thirds of all members of the board that there is only a single source of procurement therefor and that the purchase is for the sole purpose of duplicating, repairing, or replacing supply, equipment, or materials that are in use, including upgrades or migrations of proprietary intellectual property.


120224.4. (a) A person who submits, or who plans to submit, a proposal in response to a procurement solicitation may protest any acquisition conducted in accordance with Sections 120222 and 120223 as follows: (1) Protests based on the content of the procurement solicitation shall be filed with the board within 10 calendar days after the procurement solicitation is first advertised. The general manager or the chief executive officer, or the designee of the general manager or chief executive officer, shall issue a written decision on the protest prior to opening of the procurement solicitation. A protest may be renewed by refiling the protest with the board within 15 calendar days after the mailing of the notice of the intent to award. (2) Any bidder may protest the intent to award on any ground not based upon the content of the procurement solicitation by filing a protest with the board within 15 calendar days after the mailing of the notice of the intent to award. (3) Any protest shall contain a full and complete written statement specifying in detail the grounds of the protest and the facts supporting the protest. Protestors shall have an opportunity to appear and be heard before the board prior to the opening of the procurement solicitation in the case of protests based on the content of the procurement solicitation, or prior to final award in the case of protests based on other grounds or the renewal of protests based on the content of the procurement solicitation. (b) The decision of the protest by the board shall be in writing and constitutes a final administrative decision for purposes of judicial review pursuant to Section 1094.6 of the Code of Civil Procedure.


120225. The board may insure against any accident or destruction of the system or any part thereof. The board may also provide insurance as provided in Part 6 (commencing with Section 989), Division 3.6, Title 1 of the Government Code.

120226. The board may contract for the services of independent contractors.

120227. The board and the Board of Administration of the Public Employees' Retirement System shall enter into a contract, and the board shall make all of its officers and employees members of the system, except as follows: (a) Members of the board. (b) Officers and employees excluded pursuant to Section 20492 of the Government Code.


120228. Subject to Section 120260, the board may enter into joint powers agreements to operate exclusive public mass transit guideways.


Article 3. Property

Ca Codes (puc:120240-120244) Public Utilities Code Section 120240-120244



120240. The board may take by grant, purchase, devise, or lease, or condemn in proceedings under eminent domain, or otherwise acquire, and hold and enjoy, real and personal property of every kind necessary to the full or convenient exercise of its powers. The board may lease, mortgage, sell, or otherwise dispose of any real or personal property necessary to the full or convenient exercise of its powers.


120241. Whenever a portion of a parcel of real property is to be taken for board purposes and the remainder is to be left in such state or condition as to be of little value to its owner, or to give rise to claims or litigation concerning severance or other damage, the board may acquire the whole parcel and may sell the excess portion or exchange it for other property suitable for board purposes.


120242. The board shall have or exercise the right of eminent domain in the manner provided by law for the condemnation of private property for public use. The board may take any property necessary or convenient to the exercise of the powers granted in this division, whether the property is already devoted to the same use or otherwise. In the proceedings, venue, and trial relative to the exercise of the right, the board has all the rights, powers, and privileges of an incorporated city and all rights, powers, and privileges conferred in this division. The board shall proceed in the name of the board in condemnation proceedings. The board, in exercising such power, shall, in addition to the damages for the taking, injury, or destruction of property, also pay the cost, exclusive of betterment and with credit for salvage value, of removal, reconstruction, or relocation of any structure, railways, mains, pipes, conduits, wires, cables, or poles of any public agency or utility which is required to be moved to a new location. If property is condemned by the board, the board may take possession and use the property in accordance with the provisions of Section 1243.5 of the Code of Civil Procedure.


120243. The Public Utilities Commission of the state shall have and exercise power and jurisdiction to fix just compensation to be paid for the taking of any property of a public utility in eminent domain proceedings brought by the board. No taking or acquisition by the board which would involve the abandonment, removal, relocation, or use of the property of a railroad corporation, as defined in Section 230, shall be permitted, unless the Public Utilities Commission, after a 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. The board may commence and maintain such eminent domain proceedings in the Public Utilities Commission or the superior court at its option.


120244. The board is entitled to the benefit of any reservation or grant, in all cases, where any right has been reserved or granted to any public agency to construct or maintain roads, highways, or other crossings over any public or private lands.


Article 4. Facilities And Services

Ca Codes (puc:120260-120269) Public Utilities Code Section 120260-120269



120260. The board shall provide input to the San Diego Association of Governments on the planning and construction of exclusive public mass transit guideways in the area under its jurisdiction in conformance with the California Transportation Plan and the regional transportation plan developed pursuant to Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 65080.1) of Division 1 of Title 7 of the Government Code.


120261. Subject to Section 120260, if the board determines that there is a countywide agency capable of operating exclusive public mass transit guideways, the board shall contract with that agency for such operation.

120263. Priority for guideway development shall be given to meeting the transportation needs of areawide corridors of travel. If the transit development board determines that a guideway system intended solely for an activity center is appropriate, the approval of the California Transportation Commission is necessary prior to the use of funds allocated from the State Highway Account in the State Transportation Fund for the guideway system.


120264. The transit development board may acquire, construct, maintain, and operate (or let a contract in conformity with state labor laws and subdivision (d) of Section 120508 to operate) public transit systems and related transportation facilities and services as it deems necessary to carry out the purposes of this division in conformity with, and to the extent provided in, the San Diego Regional Transportation Consolidation Act (Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 132350) of Division 12.7). The various systems, facilities, and services may be administered by the transit development board under the name of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.


120266. (a) The San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board may enter into contracts with any city in its area of jurisdiction and with the County of San Diego to license or regulate by ordinance any transportation services rendered wholly within the city's corporate limits or within the unincorporated area. (b) The board shall levy the fees necessary to recover the full cost of licensing and regulating these services.


120267. (a) The board may, by ordinance, regulate vehicle safety and driver qualifications for passenger jitney service operating between cities and between a city and unincorporated portions of San Diego County within the area of its jurisdiction. (b) The board shall levy the fees necessary to recover the full cost of regulating these services. (c) For purposes of this section, the term "passenger jitney service" includes every corporation or person engaged as a common carrier, for compensation, in the ownership, control, operation, or management of a passenger transportation service by motor vehicles of not more than 15 passenger capacity, excluding the driver, which operate between fixed termini and over a regular route and generally on short, nonscheduled, headways.

120268. The board may enter into cooperative agreements with cities within its area of jurisdiction and with the County of San Diego to establish uniform policies and regulations governing the use of bus passenger loading zones and establishing responsibility and standards for the maintenance of bus loading zones and any associated improvements.


120269. (a) If the board licenses or regulates any transportation service, pursuant to Section 120266, or any passenger jitney service, pursuant to Section 120267, and the licensed or regulated service employs, or contracts with, any driver who (1) is not required to be tested for controlled substances and alcohol pursuant to Part 382 (commencing with Section 382.101) of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, paragraph (3) of subdivision (b) of Section 53075.5 of the Government Code, Section 1032.1 of this code, or Section 34520 of the Vehicle Code, and (2) is not exempted under Section 34520 of the Vehicle Code, the board shall adopt, by ordinance or resolution, a mandatory controlled substance and alcohol testing certification program for those drivers. (b) The program adopted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall meet substantially the requirements set forth in paragraph (3) of subdivision (b) of Section 53075.5 of the Government Code. (c) Evidence derived from a positive test result collected pursuant to the program adopted under subdivision (a) shall not be admissible in a criminal prosecution concerning unlawful possession, sale, or distribution of controlled substances.


Article 5. Transportation Planning

Ca Codes (puc:120300-120302) Public Utilities Code Section 120300-120302



120300. The San Diego Association of Governments that includes the area of the board shall be responsible for long-term transportation system planning in that area. The planning shall be directed to, among other things: (a) Identification of corridors of travel. (b) Definition of the transportation problems of each corridor. (c) Definition of the transportation goals for each corridor. (d) Definition of land use goals, with the concurrence of affected local jurisdiction, to be supported by transportation investment decisions in each corridor. (e) Recommendation of priority corridors for guideway development. (f) Recommendation of the mix of alternative transportation modes appropriate for deployment in light of transportation needs and goals for each corridor. (g) Recommendation of environmental, economic, energy, and social policies that should guide transportation investment decision within corridors.

120301. With respect to the area under its jurisdiction, the board shall be responsible for operational planning, which includes all planning and monitoring necessary for the operation, implementation, modification, and elimination of public transportation services operated by the board.


120302. Notice of the time and place of the public hearing by the board shall be published pursuant to Section 6061 of the Government Code, and shall be published not later than the 15th day prior to the date of the hearing. The materials for the public hearing shall be available for public inspection at least 15 days prior to the hearing.


Article 6. Transportation Funding

Ca Codes (puc:120350-120356) Public Utilities Code Section 120350-120356



120350. The provisions of Article 6 (commencing with Section 120350) and Article 7 (commencing with Section 120400) shall be implemented in conformity with, and subject to, the San Diego Regional Transportation Consolidation Act (Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 132350) of Division 12.7).


120351. The designated recipient for purposes of Chapter 53 (commencing with Section 5301) of Subtitle III of Title 49 of the United States Code shall be the San Diego Association of Governments, and it shall be responsible for allocating federal transit funds to eligible recipients. The board shall prepare the program of projects for transit capital and operating assistance projects in its area of jurisdiction for receipt of federal funds. The San Diego Association of Governments shall allocate the funds to the board to fund its projects. If a dispute regarding the allocation of funds arises between the board and the North San Diego County Transit Development Board, the two boards shall negotiate in good faith to resolve the dispute. If the negotiation does not result in resolving the dispute prior to adoption of the annual regional transportation improvement program, the San Diego Association of Governments shall resolve the dispute and allocate the funds accordingly.


120352. The board may receive any money pursuant to Chapter 53 (commencing with Section 5301) of Subtitle III of Title 49 of the United States Code for mass transit purposes, and reallocate that money for those purposes in accordance with federal law and rules and regulations.


120354. (a) No other public entity within the area of the board's jurisdiction may file an application for funds for public transportation under Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 99200) of Part 11 of Division 10 of the Public Utilities Code. (b) The board shall consolidate all available local, state, and federal transit financial resources for public mass transit operators and systems within its jurisdiction and, in coordination with the various operators, shall adopt a policy for annually prioritizing the use of those funds for all of the following: (1) Services provided pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336). (2) Local match requirements for federal and state transit capital grants. (3) The local and regional service base. (4) Any additional planning and operation of transit services and development and implementation of capital programs approved by the board.

120355. The board may take all action necessary to obtain funding available pursuant to Chapter 53 (commencing with Section 5301) of Subtitle III of Title 49 of the United States Code.


120356. The board may establish and maintain reserve funds for its planning, procurement, construction, and acquisition programs with moneys received from private and public contributions, donations and assessments, licenses, leases, sales, and rental income, and any other revenues of the board, except revenues received pursuant to Sections 99260, 99275, 99312, 99313, and 99319.


Article 7. Public Contributions, Grants, Loans, And Contracts Cooperation

Ca Codes (puc:120400) Public Utilities Code Section 120400



120400. The board may accept contributions, grants, or loans from any public agency or the United States or any department, instrumentality, or agency thereof, for the purpose of financing the planning, acquisition, construction, or operation of public transportation services, and may enter into contracts and cooperate with, and accept cooperation from, any public agency or the United States, or agency thereof, in the planning, acquisition, construction, or operation of any of those public transportation services in accordance with any legislation that Congress or the Legislature of the State of California may have heretofore adopted or may hereafter adopt, under which aid, assistance, and cooperation may be furnished by the United States or any public agency in the planning, acquisition, construction, or operation of any of those public transportation services. The board may do any and all things necessary in order to avail itself of this aid, assistance, and cooperation under any federal or state legislation now or hereafter enacted.


Article 8. Penalties

Ca Codes (puc:120450-120452) Public Utilities Code Section 120450-120452



120450. Violation of any ordinance, rule, or regulation enacted by the board relating to the nonpayment of a fare on any transit vehicle or in any transit station owned, controlled, or used by the board shall be an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding seventy-five dollars ($75), except that a violation by a person, after the second conviction under this section, shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500) or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by both the fine and imprisonment.


120450.5. No person shall give, either orally or in writing, information to a public officer or employee engaged in the enforcement of the provisions of this article when that person knows that the information is false. A violation of this section is an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed fifty dollars ($50), except that such a violation by a person, after the second conviction of a violation of this section, shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) or by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed six months, or by both that fine and imprisonment. This section is in addition to, and does not supersede or limit, any and all other remedies, civil or criminal.


120451. Violation of any ordinance, rule, or regulation enacted by the board prohibiting unauthorized operation or manipulation of transit facilities owned, controlled, or used by the board, or prohibiting unauthorized tampering or interference with, or loitering in or about, transit facilities owned, controlled, or used by the board, including, but not limited to, transit centers, rail stations, bus shelters, and bus stops on public and private property, is an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding fifty dollars ($50), except that such a violation by a person, after the first conviction under this section, is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500) or by imprisonment not exceeding six months, or by both that fine and imprisonment.


120452. Violation of any ordinance, rule, or regulation enacted by the board prohibiting the unauthorized entering into, climbing upon, holding onto, or in any manner attaching oneself to vehicles operated upon exclusive public mass transit guideways owned or controlled by the board, is an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding fifty dollars ($50), except that a violation by a person, after the first conviction under this section, is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500) or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months, or by both that fine and imprisonment.


Article 9. Investments

Ca Codes (puc:120470-120473) Public Utilities Code Section 120470-120473



120470. Subject to any agreement or covenant between the board and the holders of any of its obligations limiting or restricting classes of investments, the board may invest any surplus money in its treasury, including money in any sinking fund, reserve fund, or other fund created or established for the benefit of holders of any outstanding obligations of the board, in any of the following: (a) Its own bonds. (b) Treasury notes, certificates of indebtedness, bills, bonds of the United States, or any other evidence of indebtedness secured by the full faith and credit of the United States. (c) Obligations issued pursuant to the Federal Home Loan Bank Act (12 U.S.C. Sec. 1421 et seq.) or the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. Sec. 1701 et seq.). (d) Treasury notes or bonds of this state, or of any public corporation, municipal corporation, public district, or political subdivision within this state which are legal security for the deposit of public funds. (e) Any investment in which county funds may be placed pursuant to the general laws of the state.


120471. The investment may be made by direct purchase of any issue of the bonds, treasury notes, or obligations, or part thereof, at the original sale or by the subsequent purchase of the bonds, treasury notes, or obligations.

120472. Any bonds, treasury notes, or obligations purchased and held as investments by the board may, from time to time, be sold and the proceeds reinvested in bonds, treasury notes, or obligations as provided in this article.

120473. Sales of any bonds, treasury notes, or obligations purchased and held by the board shall, from time to time, be made in season so that the proceeds may be applied to the purposes for which the money with which the bonds, treasury notes, or obligations were originally purchased was placed in the treasury of the board.



Article 10. Transit Service Dispute Resolution

Ca Codes (puc:120475-120478) Public Utilities Code Section 120475-120478



120475. The board shall coordinate the operation of all regional public transit services which operate within the area under the jurisdiction of the board so as to achieve efficient operation thereof and shall establish procedures to resolve disputes between public transit operators and local agencies. The objective of the coordination is to ensure that regional operators, the local operators, and local public agencies do not compete or unnecessarily duplicate services, but assist each other to provide the maximum level of transit service to the general public at the lowest possible cost.


120476. The board shall act in full cooperation and coordination with the regional operators, the local operators, and the local public agencies in such matters as schedules, routes, and exchange of transfers. The role of the board in coordinating, reviewing, and resolving conflicts, approving plans, and developing programs shall be a cooperative effort with the operators and public agencies and shall be executed so as not to unnecessarily impede or slow the transportation planning and programming process. The board shall adopt procedures which shall include a provision that would provide a process whereby any operator or agency involved in a dispute could settle the matter without requiring board involvement.


120477. (a) The board shall resolve regional transit service disputes between local agencies and transit operators which provide services in the area, pursuant to the rules and regulations adopted by the board. (b) In resolving a regional transit service dispute pursuant to rules and regulations it has adopted, the board, on a case-by-case basis, may, by affirmative vote of two-thirds of the voting members, resolve the dispute, notwithstanding Sections 99280 and 99281. (c) Nothing in this article shall supersede the lawful authority of any local public agency to regulate and provide for transit services within its jurisdiction or the duties and authority of the North San Diego County Transit Development Board pursuant to Sections 125105 and 125260. (d) Regional service shall be characterized by operating speed above the system average, limited stops, and moderate service frequencies connecting different communities or cities.


120478. The rules and regulations adopted by the board shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) Criteria to determine the definition and validity of a regional transit service dispute. (b) Procedures for the submission of a regional transit service dispute to the board. (c) The information, such as the matter in dispute, to be included in the notice to be sent to the parties in the regional transit service dispute. (d) The procedure for mediation prior to a hearing before a transit coordination and service committee. (e) The appointment, if mediation fails, of a transit coordination and service committee, consisting of board members, to hold a public hearing on the regional transit service dispute in the locality of the dispute and to make reports of its findings of fact and its recommendations regarding the dispute to the board. (f) The adoption of one or more alternative procedures for the review and resolution of regional disputes involving the San Diego Transit Corporation, to be mutually agreed upon by the parties to the dispute. (g) If the regional dispute involves one or more local agencies not within the area governed by the board, the adoption of one or more alternative procedures for the review and resolution of the dispute, to be mutually agreed upon by the parties to the dispute. (h) Actions the board may take to resolve the dispute.


Chapter 5. Personnel

Article 1. Employee Relations

Ca Codes (puc:120500-120509) Public Utilities Code Section 120500-120509



120500. Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities as permitted under the Federal Labor Management Relations Act, 1947, as amended, for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection. It is declared to be in the public interest that the board shall not express any preference for one union over another.


120501. Whenever a majority of the employees employed by the board in a unit that is the appropriate unit for collective bargaining indicate a desire to be represented by a labor organization and upon determining as provided in Section 120505, that such labor organization represents the majority of the employees in that appropriate unit, the board shall meet and confer in a good-faith effort to agree on the terms of a written contract with the recognized representatives of such employees governing wages, salaries, hours, working conditions, and benefits, including, but not limited to, health and welfare, sick leave, insurance, or pension or retirement provisions.


120502. In case of a labor dispute over wages, salaries, hours, working conditions, and benefits on the making or maintaining of collective-bargaining agreements and the terms to be included in such agreements, which is not resolved by negotiations in good faith between the board and the labor organization, upon the joint request of both, the board and the labor organization may submit the dispute to the decision of the majority of an arbitration panel. The arbitration panel shall be composed of one representative of the board, and one representative of the labor organization, and they shall endeavor to agree upon the selection of the third member. If they are unable to agree, the names of five persons experienced in labor arbitration shall be obtained from the State Conciliation Service. The labor organization and the board shall, alternately, strike a name from the list so supplied, and the name remaining, after the labor organization and the board have stricken four names, shall be designated as the third arbitrator. The labor organization and the board shall determine by lot who shall first strike a name from the list. The decision of a majority of the arbitration board shall be final and binding upon the parties thereto. The expenses of arbitration shall be borne equally by the parties. Each party shall bear its own costs.

120503. In the event the board and the representatives of the employees do not agree to submit the dispute to an arbitration panel as provided in Section 120502, the State Conciliation Service may be notified by either party that a labor dispute exists and that there is no agreement to arbitrate. The service shall determine whether or not the labor dispute may be resolved by the parties and, if not, the issues concerning which the dispute exists. Upon such determination, the service shall certify its findings to the Governor of the State of California who shall, within 10 days of receipt of certification, appoint a factfinding commission consisting of three persons. The commission shall immediately convene and inquire into and investigate the issues involved in the dispute and shall report to the Governor within 30 days of the date of its creation. After the creation of such commission, and for 30 days after such commission has made its report to the Governor, no change, except by mutual agreement, shall be made by the parties to the controversy in the conditions out of which the labor dispute arose and service to the public shall be provided.


120504. (a) A contract or agreement shall not be made with any labor organization, association, or group that denies membership to, or in any manner discriminates against, any employee on any basis listed in subdivision (a) of Section 12940 of the Government Code, as those bases are defined in Sections 12926 and 12926.1 of the Government Code. (b) The board shall not discriminate with regard to employment against any person on any basis listed in subdivision (a) of Section 12940 of the Government Code, as those bases are defined in Sections 12926 and 12926.1 of the Government Code, except as otherwise provided in Section 12940 of the Government Code.


120505. If there is a question of whether a labor organization represents a majority of employees or whether the proposed unit is the appropriate unit for collective bargaining, the question shall be submitted to the State Conciliation Service for disposition. The service shall promptly hold a public hearing, after due notice to all interested parties, and shall thereupon determine the unit appropriate for the purposes of collective bargaining. In making such determination and in establishing rules and regulations governing petitions and the conduct of hearings and elections, the service shall be guided by relevant federal law and administrative practice developed under the Labor Management Relations Act, 1947, as amended. The service shall provide for an election to determine the question of representation and shall certify the results to the parties. Any certification of a labor organization to represent or act for the employees in any collective-bargaining unit shall not be subject to challenge on the grounds that a new substantial question of representation within such collective unit exists until the lapse of one year from the date of certification or the expiration of any collective-bargaining agreement, whichever is later, except that no collective-bargaining agreement shall be construed to be a bar to representation proceedings for a period of more than two years.


120506. The obligation of the board to meet and confer in good faith with the duly certified labor organization and to agree on the terms of a written collective-bargaining agreement with such labor organization covering the wages, hours, working conditions, and benefits of the employees represented by such labor organization in the appropriate unit, and to comply with the terms thereof, shall not be limited or restricted by the provisions of the Government Code or other laws or statutes. The obligations of the board to bargain collectively shall extend to all subjects of collective bargaining which are, or may be, mandatory subjects of collective bargaining with a private employer, including retroactive provisions and benefits for retired employees.


120507. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Government Code, employees of the board may authorize and, upon such authorization, the board may make deductions from wages and salaries of such employees: (a) Pursuant to a collective-bargaining agreement with a duly designated or certified labor organization for the payment of union dues, fees, or assessments. (b) For the payment of contributions pursuant to any health and welfare plan or pension or retirement plan. (c) For any purpose for which deductions may be authorized by employees of any private employer.


120508. (a) This article also applies to the employee relations of employees of a nonprofit entity that operates public mass transit services and that is solely owned by the board. For employee relations regarding these employees, "board," as used in this article, means the board and the board of directors of the nonprofit entity as the joint employer of the employees. (b) The board may, at any time in its sole discretion, abolish any nonprofit entity or merge any nonprofit entity with another nonprofit entity or with the board. (c) Upon abolishing or merging a nonprofit entity pursuant to subdivision (b), the board shall become the sole employer of the employees of the nonprofit entity and shall assume sole responsibility to observe all existing labor contracts established and maintained pursuant to this article. (d) Except as may be agreed upon through the collective bargaining process, nothing in this section shall prohibit or limit the right of the board to contract with common carriers of persons operating under a franchise, license, or other agreement. Any provision in an existing collective bargaining agreement made applicable to the board in its capacity as a joint employer with a nonprofit entity pursuant to subdivision (a) or sole successor employer pursuant to subdivision (b) that is intended to prohibit or limit the right of a nonprofit entity to contract out covered bargaining unit services to another common carrier of persons shall not be binding upon the board with respect to any contract for services entered into, renewed, or extended by the board prior to January 1, 2004, and thereafter shall apply only to contracts for bargaining unit services covered by an existing collective bargaining agreement assumed by or binding upon the board as a joint employer unless otherwise agreed upon through the collective bargaining process. The amendments to this subdivision made by Chapter 557 of the Statutes of 2005 are intended solely to clarify existing law and shall not be interpreted either to enlarge or contract the board's right to contract out for public transportation services.

120509. (a) Upon the request of the board, as defined in Section 120508, with the consent of any labor organization acting as the exclusive representative of employees whose collective bargaining rights are subject to Section 120508, the board may enter into a contract to enroll the collectively bargained employees as members of the Public Employees' Retirement System or another retirement system. (b) A contract to enroll employees in the Public Employees' Retirement System shall be subject to the provisions of Part 3 (commencing with Section 20000) of Division 5 of Title 2 of the Government Code. (c) Employees transferred from any existing retirement system or pension plan to the Public Employees' Retirement System or any other retirement system by operation of this section shall receive benefits immediately after enrollment in, or transfer to, the system that are at least equal to, or greater than, the benefits the employees would have been entitled to immediately before enrollment in, or transfer to, the system.


Article 2. Rights Of Employees Of Existing Facilities

Ca Codes (puc:120520-120523) Public Utilities Code Section 120520-120523



120520. Whenever the board acquires ownership of existing facilities from a privately or publicly owned corporation or utility, either in proceedings by eminent domain or otherwise and terminates the legal existence of the corporation or utility, and operates the facilities itself, to the extent necessary for operation of facilities, any of the employees whose duties pertain to the facilities acquired who have been employed by the corporation or utility, as the case may be, for at least 75 days shall be appointed to comparable positions by the board without examination. These employees shall be given sick leave, seniority, and vacation credits in accordance with the records of the corporation or other acquired utility, as the case may be. No employee of the former corporation or utility shall suffer any worsening of wages, seniority, pension, vacation, or other benefits as they exist at the time of and by reason of the acquisition. The board shall assume and observe all existing labor contracts of the former corporation or utility, as the case may be, insofar as they relate to the acquired facilities. This section applies only to those officers or supervisory employees of the former corporation or utility, as the case may be, as shall be designated by the board.


120521. (a) Whenever the board acquires ownership of existing facilities from a privately or publicly owned corporation or public utility, either in proceedings in eminent domain or otherwise, and terminates the corporation or operates the facilities itself, that has a pension plan in operation, the members and beneficiaries of the pension plan shall continue to have the rights, privileges, benefits, obligations, and status with respect to the plan. The board shall consider, and take into account, the outstanding obligations and liabilities of the corporation or of the publicly or privately owned public utility, as the case may be, by reason of the pension plan, and may negotiate an allowance in the purchase price of the corporation or the utility for the assumption of those obligations and liabilities when acquiring the corporation or the utility. (b) Instead of maintaining an existing pension plan applicable to bargaining unit employees of an acquired facility, the board, with the consent of any exclusive collective bargaining representative of employees of an acquired facility whose rights are protected by Section 120520, may enroll the employees in, or transfer them to, the Public Employees' Retirement System or another retirement system. (c) A contract to enroll employees in the Public Employees' Retirement System shall be subject to the provisions of Part 3 (commencing with Section 20000) of Division 5 of Title 2 of the Government Code. (d) Employees participating in an existing pension plan shall receive benefits immediately after enrollment in, or transfer to, the system that are at least equal to, or greater than, the benefits the employees would have been entitled to immediately before enrollment in, or transfer to, the system.


120522. Whenever the board acquires ownership of existing facilities from a privately or publicly owned corporation or public utility, either in proceedings in eminent domain or otherwise and maintains the corporation or utility, by whatever name, as a separate, legal corporate entity, the board of directors of the corporation or utility shall continue its responsibilities with regard to its employees' wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment, existing labor contracts, and existing pension plans.


120523. (a) Any pension plan maintained by the board pursuant to this division for employees of the board who are members of a unit appropriate for collective bargaining shall be maintained pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement and this section. (b) The pension plan and the funds of the plan shall be managed and administered by a retirement board composed of equal representation of labor and management. Any deadlock among the members of the board with respect to that management and administration shall be resolved in the manner specified in Section 302 of the federal Labor Management Relations Act, 1947 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 186(c)(5)). (c) The duties and responsibilities of the retirement board shall be executed in accordance with Section 17 of Article XVI of the California Constitution. (d) This section does not apply if the board has, pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, provided membership for the board's represented employees in the Public Employees' Retirement System, a retirement system established pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937, or a pension trust subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 1001 et seq.).



Article 3. Employee Protection

Ca Codes (puc:120540-120550) Public Utilities Code Section 120540-120550



120540. It shall be a condition of the operation of any transit facility owned or controlled by the board that Section 5333 of Title 49 of the United States Code shall be given effect to the extent required by law.

120550. The board may establish and maintain a police force. Those employees of the board appointed by the general manager or chief executive officer to the police force and who are duly sworn are peace officers and are subject to the powers set forth in Section 830.33 of the Penal Code. The board shall adhere to the standards for recruitment and training of peace officers established by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training pursuant to Title 4 (commencing with Section 13500) of Part 4 of the Penal Code.


Chapter 6. Bonds And Other Evidences Of Indebtedness

Article 1. Revenue Bonds

Ca Codes (puc:120630-120631) Public Utilities Code Section 120630-120631



120630. The board may issue bonds, payable from revenue of any facility or enterprise to be acquired or constructed by, or on behalf of, the board, in the manner provided by the Revenue Bond Law of 1941 (Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 54300) of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code), and all of the provisions of that law are applicable to the board.


120631. The board is a local agency within the meaning of the Revenue Bond Law of 1941 (Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 54300) of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code). The term "enterprise," as used in the Revenue Bond Law of 1941, for all purposes of this article, includes the transit system or any or all transit facilities and all additions, extensions, and improvements thereto authorized to be acquired, constructed, or completed by the board. The board may issue revenue bonds under the Revenue Bond Law of 1941 for any one or more transit facilities authorized to be acquired, constructed, or completed by, or on behalf of, the board or, in the alternative, the board may issue revenue bonds under the Revenue Bond Law of 1941 for the acquisition, construction, and completion of any one of those transit facilities. Nothing in this article prohibits the board from availing itself of, or making use of, any procedure provided in this chapter for the issuance of bonds of any type or character for any of the transit facilities authorized hereunder, and all proceedings may be carried on simultaneously or, in the alternative, as the board may determine.


Article 2. Equipment Trust Certificates

Ca Codes (puc:120650-120654) Public Utilities Code Section 120650-120654



120650. The board may purchase transit equipment such as cars, trolley buses, motorbuses, light rail vehicles, or rolling equipment, and may execute agreements, leases, and equipment trust certificates in the forms customarily used by private corporations engaged in the transit business appropriate to effect the purchase and leasing of transit equipment, and may dispose of the equipment trust certificates upon the terms and conditions that the board may deem appropriate. Payment for transit equipment, or rentals therefor, may be made in installments, and the deferred installments may be evidenced by equipment trust certificates that are or will be legally available to the board. Title to the equipment shall not vest in the board until the equipment trust certificates are paid.


120651. The agreement to purchase or lease may direct the vendor or lessor to sell and assign or lease the rolling equipment to a bank or trust company duly authorized to transact business in the state as trustee for the benefit and security of the equipment trust certificates, and may direct the trustee to deliver the rolling equipment to one or more designated officers of the board and may authorize the board to simultaneously therewith execute and deliver an installment purchase agreement or a lease of the equipment to the board.

120652. The agreements and leases shall be duly acknowledged before a person authorized by law to take acknowledgments of deeds and in the form required for acknowledgment of deeds. The agreements, leases, and equipment trust certificates shall be authorized by resolution of the board and shall contain covenants, conditions, and provisions which may be deemed necessary or appropriate to insure the payment of the equipment trust certificates from legally available source or sources of funds specified in the certificates.

120653. The covenants, conditions, and provisions of the agreements, leases, and equipment trust certificates shall not conflict with any of the provisions of any trust agreement securing the payment of bonds, notes, or certificates of the board.


120654. An executed copy of each agreement and lease shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State, who shall be entitled to receive one dollar ($1) for each copy filed. The filing constitutes notice to any subsequent judgment creditor or any subsequent purchaser.


Article 3. Improvement Acts And Special Benefit Districts 120670-120671

Ca Codes (puc:120670-120671) Public Utilities Code Section 120670-120671



120670. The Improvement Act of 1911 (Division 7 (commencing with Section 5000) of the Streets and Highways Code), the Improvement Bond Act of 1915 (Division 10 (commencing with Section 8500) of the Streets and Highways Code), and the Municipal Improvement Act of 1913 (Division 12 (commencing with Section 10000) of the Streets and Highways Code), are applicable to the board.


120671. Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 99000) of Part 11 of Division 10 is applicable to the board.


Article 4. Temporary Borrowing

Ca Codes (puc:120680-120681) Public Utilities Code Section 120680-120681



120680. The board may borrow money in accordance with Article 7 (commencing with Section 53820), Article 7.6 (commencing with Section 53850), or Article 7.7 (commencing with Section 53859) of Chapter 4 of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code.


120681. The board may borrow money in anticipation of the sale of bonds which have been authorized to be issued, but which have not been sold and delivered, and may issue negotiable bond anticipation notes therefor and may renew the bond anticipation notes from time to time, but the maximum maturity of any bond anticipation notes, including the renewals thereof, shall not exceed five years from the date of delivery of the original bond anticipation notes. The bond anticipation notes may be paid from any money of the board available therefor and not otherwise pledged. If not previously otherwise paid, the bond anticipation notes shall be paid from the proceeds of the next sale of the bonds of the board in anticipation of which they were issued. The bond anticipation notes shall not be issued in any amount in excess of the aggregate amount of bonds which the board has been authorized to issue, less the amount of any bonds of the authorized issue previously sold, and also less the amount of other bond anticipation notes therefor issued and then outstanding. The bond anticipation notes shall be issued and sold in the same manner as the bonds. The bond anticipation notes and the resolution or resolutions authorizing them may contain any provisions, conditions, or limitations which a resolution of the board authorizing the issuance of bonds may contain.


Article 5. Miscellaneous

Ca Codes (puc:120700-120702) Public Utilities Code Section 120700-120702



120700. The board may bring an action to determine the validity of any of its bonds, equipment trust certificates, warrants, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness pursuant to Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 860) of Title 10 of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure.


120701. All bonds and other evidences of indebtedness issued by the board under this chapter, and the interest thereon, are free and exempt from all taxation within the state, except for transfer, franchise, inheritance, and estate taxes.


120702. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this division or any other law, the provisions of all ordinances, resolutions, and other proceedings in the issuance by the board of any bonds, bonds with a pledge of revenues, bonds for improvement districts, revenue bonds, equipment trust certificates, notes, or any and all evidences of indebtedness or liability constitute a contract between the board and the holders of the bonds, equipment trust certificates, notes, or evidences of indebtedness or liability, and the provisions thereof are enforceable against the board or any or all of its successors or assigns, by mandamus or any other appropriate suit, action, or proceeding in law or in equity in any court of competent jurisdiction. Nothing in this division or in any other law shall be held to relieve the board or the territory included within it from any bonded or other debt or liability contracted by the board. Upon dissolution of the board or upon withdrawal of territory therefrom, that territory formerly included within the board, or withdrawn therefrom, shall continue to be liable for the payment of all bonded and other indebtedness or liabilities outstanding at the time of the dissolution or withdrawal as if the board had not been so dissolved or the territory withdrawn therefrom, and it shall be the duty of the successors or assigns to provide for the payment of the bonded and other indebtedness and liabilities. Except as may be otherwise provided in the proceedings for the authorization, issuance, and sale of any revenue bonds, bonds secured by a pledge of revenues, or bonds for improvement districts secured by a pledge of revenues, revenues of any kind or nature derived from any revenue-producing improvements, works, facilities, or property owned, operated, or controlled by the board shall be pledged, charged, assigned, and have a lien thereon for the payment of the bonds as long as they are outstanding, regardless of any change in ownership, operation, or control of the revenue-producing improvements, works, facilities, or property and it shall, in any later event or events, be the duty of the successors or assigns to continue to maintain and operate the revenue-producing improvements, works, facilities, or property as long as bonds are outstanding.


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