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City Of Torrance Charter Information



As to contracts for the construction or improvements, excluding maintenance and repair, of public buildings, works, streets, drains, sewers, utilities, parks and playgrounds, and each separate purchase of materials and supplies for the same, the City Council shall establish by ordinance an expenditure limit therefor above which competitive bidding shall be required. Said expenditure limit may be revised from time to time by ordinance of the City Council. Every such contract involving an expenditure in excess of said expenditure limit shall be let to the lowest reponsible bidder after notice by publication in the official newspaper by two (2) or more insertions, the first of which shall be at least ten (10) days before the time for opening bids; or if there is no newspaper, then by posting copies of such notice in at least three (3) public places in said City.

The City Council may reject any and all bids presented and may readvertise in its discretion. After rejecting bids, or if no bids are received, the City Council 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, or that the material or supplies may be purchased at a lower price in the open market, and after the adoption of a resolution to this effect by at least five-sevenths vote, it may proceed to have said work done or such materials or supplies purchased in the manner stated, without further observance of the provisions of this Section. Such contract may be let and such purchases made without advertising for bids, if such work, or the purchase of such materials or supplies shall be deemed by the City Council to be of urgent necessity for the preservation of life, health or property, and shall be authorized by at least a five-sevenths vote.

Municipal Code


(Amended by O-3278; O-3380; O-3520)

Except as otherwise provided in Section 1450 of the City Charter, every public works contract involving an estimated expenditure of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) or more, shall be let by the City Council pursuant to those competitive bidding procedures set forth in said Section 1450 and in Article 3 of this Chapter. 


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