California Streets and Highways Code
Whenever any railroad track of any description exists upon any street which has been paved, macadamized, graveled, capped, or oiled either for the whole, or any portion of, the width of the roadway thereof along or near the line of the railroad track, and the roadbed thereof has not been improved similarly in all respects to and with the same materials as the street along the line of the track; or where any portion of the roadbed, whether so improved or not is out of repair or is not on the official grade of the street or has small hummocks or ridges or loose rock upon or along the roadbed or the materials composing the roadbed next to the rails of the track are not flush with the top of the rails or the sides thereof, the legislative body may, by resolution, require and order the person having or owning the railroad track to improve the roadbed thereof by making repairs or by bringing the roadbed to the official grade or removing the hummocks or ridges or loose rock upon or along the roadbed or making the roadbed and the materials thereof flush with the top or sides of the rails of the track.
The legislative body may require and order any or all of the work designated in the resolution to be done in the manner designated therein.
The legislative body may also require, by resolution, any person to pave alongside of, and contiguous to, its rails with special type of brick or paving blocks or other material.
The resolution to require and order the work shall be personally served upon the person having or owning the railroad track, or service thereof may be made upon any agent, representative, or officer of that person. When served, the resolution is notice to that person of the intention to order the work designated in the resolution.
The person served shall notify, in writing, the superintendent of streets of the city where the work is to be done if the person elects to enter upon the direct performance of the work at his or her own charge or expense. The notice shall be delivered to the superintendent of streets within 10 days after the service of the resolution requiring the work.
The omission or neglect to make the election by delivering the notice makes the superintendent of streets the agent of the owner of the track with the authority to enter into a contract made in accordance with this chapter and the Public Contract Code for doing the work.
The superintendent of streets shall thereupon be vested with authority to, and he or she shall, advertise for bids for the work and fix in the notice the time for receiving bids which shall be not less than five days from the first publication of the notice.
The legislative body, by ordinance, may prescribe and enforce additional regulations and penalties that it deems necessary to compel the doing of the work as provided in this chapter on any portion of any street occupied by any railroad track.