SEC. 4-5.  EXEMPTIONS.
   (A)   The city manager may authorize, in writing, any department to procure specified supplies, equipment, public projects and services independently of the purchasing agent.
   (B)   The following are exempted from obtaining competitive bids and proposals:
      (1)   Contracts unrelated to the procurement of goods, materials, public projects or services.
      (2)   Advertising (e.g., air time and newspaper and magazine advertising space, but not including advertising agencies or design services).
      (3)   Bank service fees.
      (4)   Government printed publications.
      (5)   Common carrier transportation.
      (6)   Travel payments directly to a hotel, motel, airline or other transportation (but not a conference or meeting room rental).
      (7)   Insurance.
      (8)   Memberships in professional organizations.
      (9)   Credit card payments to a bank.
      (10)   Contracts with other governmental entities.
      (11)   Permit fees, including, but not limited to, those to another governmental agency for operation of a city utility.
      (12)   Postage and United States Postal Service post office box fees (not private mail companies).
      (13)   Real property purchases, escrow fees and lease payments.
      (14)   Subscriptions to publications.
      (15)   Any utilities the city uses, including, but not limited to, payments for electricity or gas.
      (16)   Voting materials.
      (17)   Any other procurement exempted from bids or proposals in State or federal law.
      (18)   Legal brief printing and transcription.
      (19)   Legal services and services relating to legal matters.
      (20)   Anything relating to a confidential, ongoing police investigation and to other confidential police business.
   (C)   A purchase order, contract, or task order for legal services or services relating to legal matters may be awarded and executed by the city attorney, up to an annual authorization in the amount listed in Cal. Pub. Con. Code, Section 22032(b), as may be changed from time to time, or may be awarded and executed jointly by the city attorney and the most senior available member of the city council if over that amount.
   (D)   A purchase order, contract, or task order relating to a confidential, ongoing police investigation or other confidential police business may be awarded and executed jointly by the police chief and city manager up to an annual authorization in the amount listed in Cal. Pub. Con. Code, Section 22032(b), as may be changed from time to time, or may be awarded and executed jointly by the city manager and the most senior available member of the city council if over that amount.
(Ord. No. 2943)