On October 11, 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law AB 729 (Evans), revising the design-build statute applicable to transit operators.  AB 729 extends the authority of public transit operators to use design-build contracting from January 1, 2011 to January 1, 2015.  We interpret this to mean that transit operators must award, but not complete, a design-build contract prior to this date.  


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On February 6, 2009, President Obama signed an Executive Order authorizing federal executive agencies to use project labor agreements on federal construction contracts with a total cost of $25 million or more.  The Order is effective immediately, and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council has been instructed to take “whatever action is required” to implement the Order within 120 days of its issuance.  The Order also repeals Executive Order 13202 issued by former President Bush in 2001, which forbade federal agencies and other recipients of federal funding to require contractors to sign union-only project labor agreements as a condition of performing work on federal projects.

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Governor Schwarzenegger recently announced a plan to promote public-private partnerships in order to meet California’s long-term infrastructure needs. (See Los Angeles Times article.) Public-private partnerships are contractual agreements which are formed between public agencies and one or more private companies whereby the private company finances, builds and manages public facilities for a specified period of time.

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