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City Of El Cajon Charter Information


Section 400. Purchasing and Contracts

“Public Works Contract,” as used in this section, means an agreement for the erection, construction, alteration, repair, or improvement of any public structure, building, road, or other public improvement of any kind, which is paid for in whole with tax revenue paid by residents of the city of El Cajon.

“Other Public Contract” as used in this section means any contract, purchase order, or other agreement used to procure services and supplies of any kind, that are paid for in whole with tax revenue paid by the residents of the city of El Cajon.

The City is exempt from the provisions of all California statutes regulating public contracting and purchasing, except as provided by this Charter, City ordinance, or by agreement approved by the City Council.

Public Works Contracts having a total value less than or equal to $50,000 shall be exempt from public bidding and shall follow such procedures for open market sale or purchase as set by the City Council.

The City Council shall establish all standards, procedures, rules or regulations to regulate all aspects of the bidding, award and performance of any Public Works Contract great than $50,000, including but not limited to, the compensation rates to be paid for the performance of such work.

The City may, without exception, enter into Other Public Contracts. Other Public Contracts shall follow such procedures as set by the City Council.

No City Public Works Contract or Other Public Contract shall require payment of the prevailing wage schedule unless: the prevailing wage is legally required and constitutionally permitted to be imposed by the requirements of federal grants, state grants, redevelopment law, or other federal or state law; or the project is considered by the City Council not to be a municipal affair of the City; or payment of the prevailing wage schedule is authorized by resolution of the City Council. Payment of the prevailing wage schedule, if authorized hereunder, shall use the pertinent rates published by the State of California.

The City will promote fair and open competition for all City construction projects so that all contractors and workers, whether union or non-union, are treated equally in the bidding and awarding of City construction contracts.

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