Northern California Progress & Accomplishments – April 2018

PROGRESS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL REPORT

APRIL 1 THROUGH APRIL 30, 2018

NOTE* This report is intended solely for the information and use of CIFAC members. Any copying, distributing, or publishing is prohibited without written permission from CIFAC Executive Director.

Southern California Progress and Accomplishemnts - April 2018


INVESTIGATIONS - HEADQUARTERS

City of Oakland MT171203 ($50,000) Alameda County

Tucker has received several requests to look into the City of Oakland's use of force account on city paving and road construction projects. The City charter allows for the unlimited use of force account, utilizing city crews to perform millions of dollars of road work annually. Tucker visited the sites of six different locations where force account was used. She took pictures and documented work performed. She submitted a Public Records Act (PRA) request from the City for project details and costs. The documentation provided prohibited CIFAC from properly accounting for the work. This lack of accounting makes comparisons impossible to estimate costs associated with city personnel versus work by private contract. Tucker submitted a subsequent PRA request for additional information and is waiting for a response.

Approximate Value: Unknown | Status: Ongoing


INVESTIGATIONS - BAY AREA REGION

Monterey-Salinas Transit District MD184019 (General Law-$25,000) Monterey County

Hilliard was contacted by a Party conducting his own investigation of the Monterey-Salinas Transit District (MST) after noting that they had not listed any of their public works projects on the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Public Works Project Registration website as required.

Hilliard thanked the Party and proceeded with his own investigation. He backtracked through several years’ worth of City Council agendas and found several large jobs had been awarded to contractors but had not been listed on the DIR PWC-100 form. This was the type of evidence needed to report the MST to the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). Working together with Justin Bochmann, CIFAC’s Central Regional Compliance Manager, a letter was written to Julie Su, California’s Labor Commissioner, informing her that the Monterey-Salinas Transit District had violated Labor Code Section 1773.3 because of its failure to report numerous public works projects to the DIR online project reporting application.

Included in the letter were a couple of the projects found that were not listed online. One was the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Bus Stop Project in May 2012, contracted for $3,157,000. The other project was for the Monterey Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility awarded in September 2016, contracted for $21,892,617. We requested that the Agency should be issued the associated fines and penalties for failing to report public works projects, covered by California Labor Code Section 1773.3.

Approximate Value: $25,000,000 | Status: Monitor


The City of Sunnyvale MD180420 (Charter-$50,000) Santa Clara County

As Hilliard was looking through the City of Sunnyvale's, City Council agenda for their 4/24/2018 regular meeting, he came across item 1F which read; "Reject Bids Received for Washington Park Playground Surface Removal and Replacement". This immediately threw up a red flag and demanded further investigation. It was noted in the agenda item, that the City had an Invitation for Bid on 1/24/2018 and that two contractors submitted bids, one for bid $107,877.55 and the second bid was $67,588.55. After the City reviewed the bids they found the apparent low bidder did not have a Class A license which was noted as a bidding requirement; the City deemed this contractor bid non-responsive. The Council had set a budget for the project at $55,000 and since the second bid was well over the budget the Council rejected their bid too.

After reviewing the City of Sunnyvale's Charter Hilliard recognized that the City was in compliance with its Charter. The agenda item mentioned that the City will rebid the project which is encouraging news. The challenge is that the Charter also reads "The City Council, without advertising for bids, after rejecting bids or if no bids are received, may declare and determine that, in its opinion, the work in question may be performed better or more economically by the City with its own employees, and after adoption of a resolution to this effect by at least four affirmative votes it may proceed to have said work done in the manner stated, without further observance of the provisions of this section."

Approximate Value: $55,000 | Status: Ongoing


The Town of Los Altos Hills MD180425 (CUCCAA-$45,000) Santa Clara County

Hilliard was searching through the Town of Los Altos Hills, April 19, 2018 agenda, he came across Item 4.1. The item title was; “Resolution Rejecting One Bid Received for the Westwind Community Barn Paddocks Improvement Project”. Hilliard always flags agenda items when the Council rejects bids and looks deeper into the reasoning behind the rejection.

The staff report prepared by the Assistant City Engineer, mentioned that the advertisement for the project had been posted to the Los Altos Crier website, Builder Exchanges and sent to potential contractors and did not receive bids. On February 28, 2018 the "Notice to Bidders" was re-advertised and on March 28, 2018, they had received one bid which included 3 (three) bids for alternate project plans. It was mentioned in the report that 4 (four) other contractors had downloaded the project specs according to the Plans Holder List but did not bid.

The Public Works Director/City Engineer, recommended that the City Council reject the bid because the bid was significantly higher than his estimate. When Hilliard contacted via email the Public Works Director/City Engineer to ask if and when the project would be re-advertised he wrote back that the project would not be re-advertised and that the "Town Crew" would be performing the work.

This prompted Hilliard to write a Public Records Act request to the Public Works Director/City Engineer, requesting a copy of the City Council adopted resolution rejecting the one bid, the City Council’s written notice to the contractor rejecting his bid, a copy of the bid package submitted by the contractor and the Public Works Director/City Engineers estimate for this project. Hilliard is looking into why the City Engineers estimate was so much less than the bid received and if the City Engineer properly informed the contractor, about the rejection of the bid.

Approximate Value: $100,000 | Status: Ongoing


The Town of Los Altos Hills MD180426 (CUCCAA-$45,000) Santa Clara County

Hilliard searched through the Town of Los Altos Hills, March 22, 2018 City Council agenda and came across Item 5.0. The item was titled; “Resolution Rejecting All Bids Received for the Hale Creek Pathway Improvement Project”. The staff report prepared by the Assistant City Engineer, mentioned last year this project was advertised for bid opening on July 27, 2017 and no bid was submitted. The project went out for re-bid on January 31, 2018 and five bids were received. The bids ranged from $184,150 (lowest) to $379,985 (highest).

The Hale Creek Pathway Improvement Project consists approximately 550 feet type 2B path and 240 feet of wood retaining wall. A small section of the designed pathway requires California Department of Transportation permit and such permit is to be expired on August 1, 2018. This path segment connects the Bob Stutz path to Magdalena Road that provides safe route for pedestrians and equestrians.

On February 26, 2018, the Town of Los Altos Hills Pathways Committee voted and recommended to reject all bids for this project due to high costs of construction. The Pathways Committee will work with staff in seeking for alternative solutions after the City Council rejects all bids. It was mentioned in the fiscal impact report that, the adopted budget for Hale Creek Pathway Improvement Project is $142,000. To complete this project with the low bid, an additional appropriation of $112,000 was needed. The Public Works Director/City Engineer, recommended that the City Council reject the bid because all bids were significantly higher than his estimate and what was currently budgeted.

Hilliard contacted, via email, to ask if and when the project would be re-advertised; he wrote back that the project would not be re-advertised and that the "Town's crew" would be performing the work. This prompted him to write a Public Records Act request to the Public Works Director/City Engineer, requesting additional information. Hilliard wants to determine why the City Engineer and the Pathways Committee felt like the Town’s own work force could do the work cheaper than the lowest bid submitted.

Hilliard is looking into why the City Engineer estimate was so much less than the lowest bid received and if the City Engineer properly informed the lowest bidder about the rejection of the bid.

Approximate Value: $184,000 | Status: Ongoing


City of El Cerrito MD180430 (General Law-$5,000) Contra Costa County

The City of El Cerrito has a committee currently working on a proposal for the City Council's review about becoming a Charter City. Hilliard came across this information in the May 1, 2018 City Council agenda item 6b, “Review City Charter Process and City Charter Committee Recommendation”. The Charter City Committee has produced a PDF document that states definitions, timelines, pros and cons but most importantly that the City shall comply with the laws of the State of California applicable to general law cities regarding contracting for public works. The City’s laws, ordinances, codes, resolutions, and policies implementing State laws regarding contracting for public works shall continue to apply when this Charter takes effect and may be amended thereafter.

Hilliard will monitor how the Charter is implemented when it pertains to Section (401), Contracting for Public Works, to make sure that it is implemented in the way the City Council requested it be written and that the City continues to follow California's general law in regards to contracting for public works.

Hilliard went to the El Cerrito City Council meeting on May 1, 2018, to listen to the Charter City presentation and the City Council comments thereafter. The City Manager, Scott Hanin took the lead mentioning that the City had formed a Charter Committee last year to work on how to proceed in bringing the Charter to a vote in November. Several members of the City Council were on the Committee, the City Manager, City Attorney and a few local residents.

The primary driver behind becoming a Charter City for El Cerrito is that they really want the revenue from the Real Property Transfer Tax (RPTT) that will be included in the Charter. This is how they will market it to their constituents to get it passed. It doesn’t impact the current residents, just the people who will buy property in El Cerrito in the future. Although, who pays the RPTT can be negotiated during the sale of the property.

As mentioned in the agenda, the City Manager reiterated the Council’s demand that there will be zero changes to the way there Charter approaches (Article 4) prevailing wages for public works and public contracting. Even during the City Council discussion after the City Managers presentation the Mayor conveyed the same direction to the Charter City Committee.

The next City Council Special Meeting pertaining to becoming a Charter City is on June 18, 2018. This is when the City Council will vote to put it on the ballot for the November elections.

Approximate Value: -NA- | Status: Ongoing


NETWORKING/OTHER - BAY AREA REGION

Hilliard traveled to Fairfield where he attended his new employee orientation, met the other Regional Compliance Managers and sat in on the monthly staff meeting.

Hilliard’s new employee outreach and introduction to CIFAC supporters and partners is ongoing. He called or emailed the following OE3 District Reps: Chris Snyder (District 10), Charley Lavery (District 1), Jim Riley (District 90), Mike Croll (District 20) and Jim Jacobs (District 4). He has offered his help to volunteer for their District picnic events and requested to join the district staff meetings.

Hilliard attended the OE3 District 10, Breakfast and Car show event with the Northern Region, Regional Compliance Manager Maghan Hunt. Hunt introduced Hilliard to the following District 10 members Chris Snyder, Jeff Hunerlach, and Ken Boggs. Hilliard also met Cory Albritton with the Foundation for Fair Contracting (FFC).

Hilliard attended the AGC Delta-Sierra District Public Agency Expo with Regional Compliance Manager Justin Bochmann. Bochmann introduced Hilliard to Kim Leicht, Regional Manager and Charmaine Tyrrell, Regional Member Services Manager. Hilliard mentioned that he will sign up online to attend more AGC events and attend their district meetings when invited.

Hilliard contacted Cherri Smith, Regional Member Services Manager and has volunteered his help with the AGC Golf Classic in Pleasanton, CA.

Hilliard will continue his introduction outreach in the months to come and has plans to attend the California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission meeting in Sacramento at the State Controller’s Office in May.


INVESTIGATIONS - CENTRAL REGION

Fresno Housing Authority JB180101 (General Law-No Limit) Fresno County

Bochmann was contacted about the bidding process used by the Fresno Housing Authority (FHA). The reporting party was concerned that the bidding process favors previous awardees and that a point system was being used to award new contracts, giving previously used contractors an advantage for future projects. This system does not promote competitive bidding and it discourages contractors from submitting bids.

Bochmann submitted a Public Records Act request to the Fresno Housing Authority regarding their procurement procedure and received a response asking for clarification. A follow up response to clear up any questions was submitted to the FHA. Bochmann was then contacted via conference call by FHA legal counsel representatives to gain further details on what information Bochmann was looking for. After a discussion with the FHA legal counsel, he was told that they will be assisting the FHA in getting him the documentation needed.

The FHA legal counsel has provided the refined documentation requested by Bochmann. This information is currently under review by Bochmann and the reporting party.

Approximate Value: Unknown | Status: Ongoing


City of Walnut Creek JB180202 (CUCCAA-$45,000) Contra Costa County

Bochmann was contacted regarding two roof restoration projects in the City of Walnut Creek. The requesting party explained that these two projects were not bid out and that they should have been. The two projects in question were the Heather Farms Community Center Roof Restoration and the Clarke Swim Center Roof Restoration. Bochmann began his research and learned that these two facilities are located on the same property (approx. 600ft apart) and the two projects were done one right after the other by the same contractor. The cost for the Heather Farms project was $44,870.00 and the Clarke Swim Center project was $41,283.00. The costs looked suspect to Bochmann because the City of Walnut Creek is signatory to the California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (CUCCAA) and therefore must informally bid projects between $45,000 and $175,000. Due to the extremely close cost of each project to the CUCCAA limit, Bochmann suspected that these two projects may have originally been designed and budgeted as one, but split into two to avoid informal bidding procedures. This is in violation of Public Contract Code (PCC) section 20163.

Bochmann submitted a Public Records Act (PRA) request to the City of Walnut Creek to obtain additional information related to these projects. He was then contacted by a city employee to obtain clarification on the matter. After the requested documents were provided to Bochmann, he noticed some missing information which should have been included. After contacting the City for the additional information and receiving it, Bochmann was satisfied with the documentation sent to him by the City. Although these two projects were never listed as one in the documents provided, due to the circumstances, Bochmann feels that these two projects should have been considered a single project and put out to informal bid. Bochmann sent a letter to the Cityexplaining the numerous reasons this should have been considered a single project and included the verbiage about bid-splitting listed in the PCC. He is awaiting a response letter from the City acknowledging his findings and providing details on how they will proceed differently for similar situations in the future.

Approximate Value: $86,153 | Status: Resolved/Monitor


Valley Springs Public Utilities District JB180203 (CUCCAA-$45,000) Calaveras County

Bochmann was contacted about a waterline project in Valley Springs, CA through the Valley Springs Public Utility District (the District). The reporting party stated they never saw this project put out to bid. After searching the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) PWC-100's for the District's projects, Bochmann was able to conclude that this was the Highway 12/26 Waterline Extension project. The cost of this project was listed at $58,293. The District is signatory to the California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (CUCCAA), meaning any project valued between $45,000 and $175,000 must be put out to informal bid.

Bochmann sent a Public Records Act (PRA) request to the District asking for bid documentation. The engineering firm for the project responded to this request by stating that the district was handling the project per their Purchasing Ordinance and that it was not put out to bid. Bochmann was then contacted by the District to explain that the wrong cost was listed on the DIR PWC-100 form and that the actual project cost was $44,682. In addition, they stated that since the cost was below the $45,000 threshold, the project was done via negotiated contract. Bochmann requested to see the negotiated contract for the project, but was informed that the actual contract was never executed (filled out and signed).

After obtaining the invoice sent to the district by the contractor, Bochmann found that not all costs associated with the project were included. The District's Legal Counsel then contacted Bochmann and provided documentation pertaining to the additional costs. After review, Bochmann determined that the District was in violation of PCC sections 22042(b) and 20204.2. A meeting was held between CIFAC (Tucker and Bochmann) and VSPUD (Fischer, Ospital, and Williams) to explain the violation and educate the District about the bidding procedures they must follow. The District admitted their wrong doing and assured us that this will not happen again.

Approximate Value: $58,293 | Status: Resolved/Influenced


Stockton Unified School District JB180301 (CUCCAA-$45,000) San Joaquin County

Bochmann was contacted regarding Stockton Unified School District constructing six new playgrounds. The locations are at El Dorado Kindergarten, El Dorado Elementary, Hazelton Elementary, Victory Elementary, Taft Elementary, and Hoover Elementary. The reporting party (RP) stated that the school district did not put these projects out to bid. The RP claimed the old playgrounds were being completely removed and new playgrounds were taking their place. Because this is in fact new construction, and not maintenance, Bochmann sent a Public Records Act (PRA) request to the school district to find out more information on the projects. The District responded to the PRA request, and provided Bochmann with documentation pertaining to each individual project. After reviewing the documentation, Bochmann learned that the District utilized the California Multiple Award Schedule (CMAS) program to purchase these new playgrounds. Per the CMAS Agency Guide produced by the California Department of General Services, and PCC Sections 10298 and 10299, agencies are able to use CMAS without competitive bidding. In addition, since the cost of labor for each of these projects exceeds 50% of the contract price, it is deemed "incidental" and therefore does not have to be competitively bid either. Bochmann reported his findings back to the reporting party.

Approximate Value: $336,364 | Status: Resolved


Lake Don Pedro Community Services District JB180304 (CUCCAA-$45,000) Mariposa County

Bochmann was contacted regarding the Lake Don Pedro Community Services District not putting projects out to bid, and instead utilizing a single contractor under a T&M (time and materials) contract. Bochmann has identified certain projects that may be subject to this claim and is currently in the process of obtaining more details about them.

Approximate Value: Unknown | Status: Ongoing


City of Merced JB180401 (Charter-$61,785) Merced County

Bochmann was contacted about a student apartment project coming up in Merced. The reporting party (RP) claimed that a bid invitation was sent out, but it stated that this is a non-prevailing wage job. They were curious if this project would qualify for prevailing wages.

Bochmann was able to identify this as a project by University Village, LLC. After researching the project and contacting the developer, he found that this apartment complex will not be exclusively for UC Merced and Merced College students, but instead for the general public as well. He was also able to determine that this was not a public works project as it was 100% privately funded with no state or federal money, grants, or loans are being used. Since the project had no public funds involved, it would not require prevailing wages to be paid. Bochmann reported this back to the RP and they were satisfied with his findings.

Approximate Value: Unknown | Status: Resolved


County of Alameda JB180402 (CUCCAA-$45,000) Alameda County

Bochmann was contacted regarding the Alameda County GSA interior painting project done under a Job-Order Contract (JOC). The reporting party believed this project did not fall under the scope of a JOC and that it should be considered new construction. After obtaining the project documents from the agency, which included the scope of work, it was determined that the painting was being done to fix chipping paint on the ceiling. Because this can be classified as a repair, it is able to be done under the JOC per PCC Section 20128.5. However, during Bochmann's searches, he learned that the County GSA utilizes JOC's for a wide variety of projects. Because of this, Bochmann will continue to monitor the agency closely to ensure they are not performing any new construction under a JOC, and that they are solely being used for repair, remodeling, or other repetitive work.

Approximate Value: $120,020 | Status: Resolved/Monitor


Bay Area Rapid Transit JB180403 (General Law)

Bochmann received a lead about problems pertaining to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) projects funded by Measure RR which are not being put out to bid. The reporting party (RP) stated that around 1/3 of these projects are being self performed by the agency. Bochmann is gathering project information and identifying areas of concern before progressing further with this investigation.

Approximate Value: Unknown | Status: Ongoing


Caltrans JB180404 (General Law-$25,000) San Joaquin County

Bochmann was contacted regarding a Caltrans project in Lodi on Hwy 12 by Kettleman Lane. The reporting party saw someone other than the awarded contractor performing work on the project. They were also unable to find any sub-contractors listed for the project. Bochmann was able to identify and confirm this was Caltrans project number 10-0Y5504. The awarded contractor for this project was America Pacific Construction. After obtaining clarification from the persons working on the project, it was concluded that they were in fact employed by America Pacific Construction.

Approximate Value: $432,354 | Status: Resolved


NETWORKING/OTHER - CENTRAL REGION

Bochmann attended the New Employee Training and Staff Meeting at CIFAC's Main Office in Fairfield. There, he was able to meet and help train the new hire RCM's Hilliard and Watkins.

Bochmann attended the Foundation for Fair Contracting (FFC) Underground Economy Conference in Sacramento to learn more about laws affecting the construction industry and state resources available pertaining to public agency compliance. He was also able to introduce himself to several public agency representatives and educate them on what CIFAC does.

Bochmann and Executive Director Tucker attended the two-day United Contractors (UCON) Legislative Summit in Sacramento. They were able to meet with numerous contractors to find out any issues where CIFAC could be of assistance. In addition, they attended industry related speeches given by Governor Jerry Brown and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, among others.

Bochmann and RCM Morelli attended the Associated General Contractors of California (AGC) San Joaquin District crab feed in Fresno. They met with members of AGC and talked about issues affecting the construction industry in that area. They were also able to inform members about CIFAC, who were not previously aware of our organization.

Bochmann attended the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) LECET Southwest Measure L workshop in Modesto. There, he met with and introduced himself to local contractors and public agency representatives. Additionally, he gave a slideshow presentation to attendees about the purpose of CIFAC and what our mission is.

Bochmann attended the Operating Engineers Local 3 (OE3) District 50 picnic in Fresno. He was able to meet and catch up with the District's staff and ensure they were not having any problems with public agencies in the area.

Bochmann and Executive Director Tucker met with board members and staff of the Valley Springs Public Utilities District to go over their Public Contract Code (PCC) violation, ensure their understanding of state laws, and find out how this will be prevented in the future. They also provided the District with resources to help them stay compliant with the PCC going forward.

Bochmann and RCM Hilliard attended the Associated General Contractors of California (AGC) Public Agency Expo in McClellan. They were able to learn about a wide variety of public projects that will be put out to bid out in the near future. Additionally, they introduced CIFAC to these public agencies and provided them with contact information should any bidding questions arise for the projects.

Bochmann attended and volunteered at the Operating Engineers Local 3 (OE3) District 30 picnic in Stockton. He was able to catch up with staff and help serve the District's members.


INVESTIGATIONS - NORTHERN REGION

County of Nevada MH180305 (General Law-$4,000) Nevada County

Hunt was contacted about the Garden Bar Railcar Crossing at Wold Creek Project in Nevada County on Garden Bar Road between Rocky Mountain Road and Rosemary Road because the project came up as complete, but didn't list a contractor for the work. Hunt did some research and found the project manager assigned to the project. Hunt sent an email and learned this project was put out to bid as part of a bigger project. Hunt looked into the larger project and found everything to be in order. She passed along the information the County gave her to the reporting party.

Approximate Value: $875,000 | Status: Resolved


County of Nevada MH180306 (General Law-$4,000) Nevada County

Hunt was contacted about five projects in Nevada County put out to bid and listed in the Dodge Reports as complete without listing a contractor for the work. The McCourtney Road Bridge at Rock Creek off of Garden Bar Road is one of these projects. Hunt contacted the project manager listed in the documents to find out more about the project. Hunt was told this project was part of a larger project put out to bid by the County. Hunt found everything to be in compliance. She passed along the information sent to her by the County to the reporting party.

Approximate Value: $875,000 | Status: Resolved


County of Nevada MH180307 (General Law-$4,000) Nevada County

Hunt looked into the Garden Bar Sanford Crossing at Wolf Creek Project off of Garden Bar Road after being contacted about five projects in Nevada County listed as complete in the Dodge Reports without listing the contractor who performed the work. Hunt emailed the project manager and was told this project was part of a larger bridge project put out to bid by the County. Hunt discovered everything was done correctly. She passed along the information sent to her by the County to the reporting party.

Approximate Value: Unknown | Status: Resolved


County of Nevada MH180308 (General Law-$4,000) Nevada County

Hunt was contacted about the Nevada County Sidewalk Extension Project, located off the Nevada City Highway. This was one of five projects in the County Hunt was contacted about because documentation in the Dodge Reports indicated the project had been completed, but didn’t list a contractor for the work performed. Hunt emailed the project manager and learned this project was part of a larger bridge project put out to bid by the County. Hunt looked into the project and discovered everything was done correctly. She passed along the information sent to her by the County to the reporting party.

Approximate Value: $501,150 | Status: Resolved


County of Nevada MH180309 (General Law-$4,000) Nevada County

Hunt was contacted about five projects in Nevada County that have been listed as in the Dodge Reports as complete, but failed to list a contractor for the work. Hunt looked into the Combie Corridor Utility Undergrounding Project located at north Combie and Magnolia Roads in Grass Valley, but couldn't find where the project had been put out to bid. Hunt found the project manager for the project and sent him an email. He responded and told Hunt the project was put out to bid, but had not been awarded. Hunt will keep an eye on this project to make sure it goes out to bid.

Approximate Value: $4,500,000 | Status: Resolved


Caltrans MH180310 (TBD-$25,000) Humboldt County

Hunt was contacted about a paving project put out to bid by Caltrans and awarded to an Oregon contractor. The contractor was told by Caltrans that another paving company would be used for a section of the project instead of the subcontractor listed. Hunt has reached out to the Caltrans pubic information officer in the area to get more information on the project, and was successful in finding out who was in charge of the project. Hunt reached out to the Caltrans Project Manager, but never heard back. While Hunt was working on the public request for information letter, she heard from the reporting party. They told her they were able to talk to Caltrans and the contractor and get the situation resolved. Hunt said that sounded good and closed the case.

Approximate Value: Unknown | Status: Resolved


City of Redding MH180401 (CUCCAA-$45,000) Shasta County

Hunt was contacted about possible bid violations with the City of Redding in regards to staff allowing the lowest responsive bidder for the project to submit additional disadvantage business enterprise documents after the submission deadline. A formal bid protest had been filed and Hunt sent the City a public request for information to get all of the documents and figure out what happened. After speaking to the Public Works Director, Hunt was told that while this contractor was allowed to submit the documents after the deadline, the forms the City requested by the deadline had been submitted on time. Because of the federal funding mechanism associated with the job, even though the low bidder did not meet the DBE requirement, they had made a good faith effort. After delaying bringing the item before the City Council, staff said they would bring the item to Council with the recommendation to approve the low bidder. Hunt expressed concern with the City's judgement, however, they were within their right to approve. The City Council approved the low bidder. Hunt is monitoring the project, especially the change orders, to ensure the project is completed at the contracted price.

Approximate Value: $2,900,000 | Status: Resolved/Monitor


Ukiah Unified School District MH180402 (CUCCAA-$45,000) Mendocino County

Hunt was contacted about a recent bid advertisement for the South Valley High School Classroom and Admin Buildings Project through the Ukiah Unified School District. In the bid advertisement it states there is a mandatory pre-bid meeting, however, later on it states, not attending the pre-bid meeting may not disqualify a bidder. Hunt has reached out to the school district and is talking with the person in charge of purchasing to get clarification on the wording and why not attending a mandatory pre-bid meeting would not disqualify a contractor.

Approximate Value: Unknown | Status: Ongoing


Chico Unified School District MH180403 (General Law-$) Butte County

Hunt was contacted about a recent stadium project at Pleasant Valley High School. The reporting party had concerns because the contract amount for the stadium project is $7 million and the contingency fund for the project is also $7 million. The contract was awarded as a $7 million project, but the reporting party felt like if the contingency was also $7 million, why wasn't it put out to bid at a higher number rather than a lower number. Hunt agreed to look into the project and sent the school district a public request for information. She received the requested documents and it currently reviewing them to learn what the school district has done.

Approximate Value: Unknown | Status: Ongoing


NETWORKING/OTHER - CENTRAL NORTHERN

Hunt attended the Laborers Local 185 Picnic in Palo Cedro. While at the picnic, she was told about the Quartz Hill Road Improvement Project and the concerns with the lowest bidder. Hunt investigated the project and reviewed hundreds of pages sent by the City of Redding in order to shed more light on the bidding process for the project.

Hunt attended the Redding City Council meeting for the Quartz Hill Road Improvement Project. She was able to meet with Laborers Local 185 business agents after the meeting and discuss the outcome, as well as additional concerns they had.

Hunt attended the Operating Engineers Local 3 District 10 Pancake Breakfast and Show ‘N Shine in Santa Rosa with Bay Area Compliance Manager Matt Hilliard. Hunt was able to introduce Hilliard to the business agents in her former territory, as well as introduce him to Cory Albritton of the Foundation for Fair Contracting.