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Developing Opportunities: Water District, City of San Diego and More

The city of San Diego and the Santa Clara Valley Water District are among the local entities in the early stages of technology projects.

San Diego skyline as seen over water.
Before government technology procurements reach solicitation or proposal stage, public-sector organizations have likely spent many months doing their homework in earlier stage explorations like those detailed below.

Industry Insider — California regularly spotlights such endeavors in its Opportunities section. Here’s a look at several public-sector governmental entities with early-stage technology or innovation-related initiatives:

  • The city of San Diego, California’s second-largest by population at 1.4 million, is in early stages on an electronic signature solution project and on Dec. 19 posted a solicitation of bids. The city handles thousands of internal and external documents annually that need approval or a signature from at least one person besides the originator, per the bid document. In 2019, San Diego issued an RFP for an electronic signature solution and contracted for the Adobe Sign solution for up to 100,000 transactions a year. But the subsequent deployment has been “unexpectedly slow for various reasons including city staff adoption,” and San Diego seeks a better understanding of what the marketplace now offers, to determine a more cost-effective approach based on its current annual usage of such a solution — which is roughly 2,000-5,000 transactions — but with the potential for growth. Respondents should offer a strategy on how they’d drive citywide adoption of their solution, based on their previous experience with large public agencies. Responses are due by 3 p.m. Jan. 24.
  • The Santa Clara Valley Water District, founded in 1929 to provide safe, clean water, flood protection and stream stewardship across Santa Clara County, issued notice Dec. 27 of an upcoming request for proposals for on-call IT-related staff services. The district will ultimately seek experienced and qualified IT recruitment firms to provide services across 11 job classifications, all of them on-call and with individuals of three to six years’ experience. Job classifications include senior systems technician for advanced help desk endpoint services; senior systems analysts in GIS, Maximo and Infor; Drupal web administrator/developer; and database administrator. The district anticipates awarding a contract to one or more companies for one year, with the option of two one-year extensions and at a not-to-exceed total of $225,000. Solicitation is expected on or before Jan. 15.
  • The West Valley-Mission Community College District, which includes West Valley College and Mission College in the Silicon Valley, has issued a request for qualifications seeking bids for a wellness center design-build. Overall budget is $74 million. Per a 2018 Future Bond Program Preliminary Project List, the project should be about 60,000 square feet and serve the physical education and athletic programs as well as faculty, staff, and administration. The existing PE building dates to 1974 and can’t accommodate a fitness and wellness program. A virtual, mandatory prequalification meeting is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 10; bids are due by 2 p.m. Feb. 6.
  • The MiraCosta Community College District, which serves north San Diego County, is in early stages on a potential security improvement. The district’s 2025-2029 Five Year Construction Plan, which would have the 2025-2026 fiscal year as its first funding year, includes an all-campus security camera project budgeted at $703,000. The funding would cover installing an integrated system across the San Elijo, Community Learning Center and Oceanside campuses, as a key first step toward a standardized system for video security. The occupy year for the project is 2024-2025.
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.