During the first week of 2017, Cope spent Sunday, Jan. 1 working eight hours from home, according to his calendar. He did not work on Monday, and on Tuesday he had a meeting from 8 to 10 a.m., but the name of the participant was blacked out. His calendar shows he worked in the office from 10:15 a.m. until 2 p.m.
His credit card shows he ate alone at Applebee’s for $24.96 around 2 p.m., then worked at home from 3:15 to 6:30.
On Wednesday he ate breakfast with Hanvelt at Foothill Cafe, met with someone, had lunch with someone whose name is blacked out and then worked on a grant for Central Sierra Economic Development District in the office and at home until 10 p.m., taking a break from 6:30 to 7.
He returned to Foothill Cafe Thursday morning for breakfast with Barry Hillman, a member of the TCEDA board, worked on a grant, lunch with Gray at Applebee’s, spoke to Leadership Tuolumne County, met with Michelle Stephens from California Association for Local Economic Development and worked on grant until 9 p.m.
On Friday he met with someone in Jamestown and had a lunch meeting with someone at Cibo in Twain Harte, a meeting with a woman identified only as Lisa in the afternoon and then worked on the grant until 9 p.m. Saturday, he worked at home from 9 a.m. until noon and then on the grant for six hours.
In all, the meals cost taxpayers $172.
In the coming weeks, Cope and others ate at the Standard Pour, Yoshoku, Lighthouse Deli, City Hotel, Jeb’s, Sonora Thai, and at Taco Bell on his way back from UC Merced, where he was involved in an engineering project on innovation.