Many of Duran's meals are with his deputy. A discussion about historic preservation cost $86.42 at Melrose Bar and Grill. Another, about the City Council agenda, cost $75.86. There also are numerous lunches at such restaurants as Basix Cafe and Joey's Cafe, with a tab of about $35 for two.
"The question is what is being accomplished for the public at the meal," said JoAnne Speers of the Institute for Local Government in Sacramento, which offers ethics guidelines and training to elected officials.