160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As leader of the California Assembly, Speaker Fabian Nunez, has traveled the world in luxury, paying with campaign funds for visits to fine hotels and restaurants and for purchases at high-end retailers. It is not clear how these activities have related to legislative business, as state law requires, because the Los Angeles Democrat refuses to provide details on tens of thousands of dollars in such expenditures. The spending, listed in mandatory filings with the state includes $47,412 on United, Lufthansa and Air France airlines this year; $8,745 at the exclusive Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain; $5,149 for a “meeting” at Cave L’Avant Garde, a wine seller in the Bordeaux region of France; a total of $2,562 for two “office expenses” two years apart at Louis Vuitton in Paris; and $1,795 for a “meeting” at Le Grand Colbert, a venerable Parisian restaurant. Nunez also spent $2,934 at Colosseum Travel in Rome, and paid $505 to the European airline Spanair. Other expenses are closer to home. These include a $1,715 meeting at Asia de Cuba restaurant in West Hollywood; a $317 purchase at upscale Pavilion Salon Shoes in Sacramento; a $2,428 meeting at 58 Degrees and Holding, a Sacramento wine bar and bistro; and $800 spent at Dollar Rent a Car in Kihei, Hawaii. Asked in an interview about his foreign travel in general, Nunez said that “For me, it’s a question of: Is my perspective on issues broad enough? Do I have enough context when I make decisions? This is a big state to run. You’ve got to know what you’re doing. “These trips,” he said, “at least the ones I’ve taken — I feel very confident and comfortable that they’re not only justified but necessary for the decisions I need to make on a daily basis.”
A city Judicial Magistrate First Class(JMFC) court on Friday granted bail to 35-year-old Kenneth Silveira, who was arrested by Crime Branch of Goa Police for a fake Facebook post on Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s “death”. He was released on a personal bond of ₹10,000.In a related development, members of civil society staged a protest outside the Goa Police headquarters here on Friday morning condemning Mr. Silveira’s arrest on Wednesday.