Law would give BCHD power to streamline process for new campus
by David Mendez
A state bill designed to expedite construction of a “Healthy Living Campus” on property owned by the Beach Cities Health District has been approved by the State Legislature and is awaiting Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.
The bill was enrolled by the Legislature on September 7. According to the Legislative Calendar, Oct. 15 is the last day for Governor Brown to sign or veto bills passed on or before Sept. 15 and in the Governor’s possession after Sept. 15.
“I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch, but I’m optimistic that the Governor will recognize the importance of BCHD’s plans,” Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi said. “It’s a win for seniors, a win for Beach Cities taxpayers, and it’s going to allow the health district to upgrade their existing facilities.”
Assembly Bill 994, was authored by Muratsuchi and co-written State Senator Ben Allen, both of whom represent the South Bay. Muratsuchi said the bill will save the health district $20 million.
The bill would allow the district to award both the design and construction of the campus to a single contractor, a process known as design-build. Current state law would require the district to award the construction contract to a party other than the project designer, a process known as design-bid-build.
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