On a current journey to France for a convention, three Santa Clara officials ignored the nation’s well-known high-speed trains and as a substitute spent $940 on a private car from Paris to Nantes, in keeping with paperwork acquired by San Jose Inside.

In September 2019, Santa Clara metropolis supervisor Deanna Santana and assistant metropolis managers Nadine Nader and Ruth Shikada flew to France for the Worldwide Affiliation of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation convention, which Santa Clara will host in 2021.

For 3 whole days in France, the journey reportedly set taxpayers again $8,500.

San Jose Inside detailed all the particular ways in which Santana, Nader, and Shikada racked up these prices: ready months to buy their airfare (and presumably lacking higher offers), and rooming at a five-star resort in Paris. (Santana paid for her share, however Nader and Shikada billed the town.)


After their evening at Marriott Champs Elysees, the three officials hopped in a $940 private car for a (roughly) 240-mile drive as a substitute of boarding the TGV, France’s well-known high-speed rail, which might’ve probably helped them attain their vacation spot in a shorter time frame. The price of the most cost effective Paris-to-Nantes TGV ticket, if bought a couple of months in advance of the journey, is roughly $18 for a single rider.

In a assertion to SFGATE, Santa Clara’s communications director Lenka Wright argued that the $8,500 spent is “far lower than the financial impression that the convention may have” for the Bay Space when the convention involves Santa Clara in 2021. She additionally stated that the three vacationers shared a room for his or her one evening on the Mariott Champ Elysees.

“On the time of the journey, the price of flying a technique from Paris to Nantes, together with floor transportation to and from the airport, was equal to the price of acquiring a private car,” Wright wrote in a assertion. “A technique flights presently are operating about $225/per particular person, which – when included with floor transportation for 3 folks to and from the airport – is equal or comparatively price impartial.”

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Michael Rosen is an SFGATE digital editor. E-mail: michael.rosen@sfgate.com.