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State of California November 7, 2000 Election
Proposition 35
Public Works Projects. Use of Private Contractors for Engineering and Architectural Services.

Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute

5,442,138 / 55.1% Yes votes ...... 4,428,702 / 44.9% No votes

See Also: Index of all Propositions

Information shown below: Summary | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the state Attorney General:
  • Amends constitution to provide that in the design, development and construction of public works projects, state government may choose to contract with private entities for engineering and architectural services without regard to certain existing legal restrictions which apply to the procurement of other services.
  • Specifies that local governments may also choose to contract with private entities for engineering, architectural services.
  • Imposes competitive selection process, which permits but does not require competitive bidding, in awarding engineering and architectural contracts.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
The state could contract with private individuals or firms for architectural and engineering services in all situations rather than only under certain conditions (such as when the work is of a temporary nature or of such a specialized nature that it cannot be provided by state employees).

A NO vote of this measure means:
The state could contract with private individuals or firms for architectural and engineering services only under certain conditions.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 35:
Prop. 35-Supported by hundreds of taxpayer groups, seniors, schools, local governments, business, labor, highway/earthquake safety engineers. Restores government’s ability to engage in public/private partnerships with qualified engineers to speed up thousands of backlogged highway and other public works projects. Creates 40,000 jobs. Saves taxpayers $2.5 billion annually.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 35:
Proposition 35 changes the Constitution to benefit one special interest at taxpayer expense. Like other states, California currently awards engineering contracts based on cost, qualifications, and experience. Prop. 35 replaces that with an undefined contracting process which allows overpriced government contracts based on campaign contributions and political influence. Vote No!

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 35:
Taxpayers for Fair Competition-
A coalition of taxpayers, engineers, seniors, schools, local government, business, labor, highway safety experts and frustrated commuters.
11300 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 840
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 996-2671

Contact AGAINST Proposition 35:
Steve Hopcraft
No On Prop. 35
3551 N St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 446-0512

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