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Leo Castañeda

Investigative Researcher & Economic Analyst, inewsource

Leo Castaneda is a investigative researcher and economic analyst for inewsource, a nonprofit journalism enterprise embedded in the KPBS newsroom.

Castaneda is a graduate of San Diego State University. He is bilingual and biliterate in Spanish.

Recent Stories by Leo Castañeda

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DA Gets San Ysidro School Audit, Welcomes Info On Any ‘Suspected Public Corruption’

June 21
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

As promised last week, a scathing state audit of the San Ysidro School District that found two former top administrators were overpaid almost $324,000 has been delivered to the District Attorney’s Office.

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State Audit: DA Should Investigate Ex-San Ysidro Superintendent For Possible Financial Fraud

June 15
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

State auditors found the San Ysidro School District’s former superintendent and his top deputy engaged in possible financial fraud and misuse of district funds, and they recommended their findings be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.

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Despite Incumbency, Councilwoman Cole Could Be Underdog In Fall Election

June 14
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

Councilwoman Myrtle Cole once seemed a shoo-in for re-election. An inewsource analysis of last week’s vote suggests it may be tougher than she thought.

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Supervisors: Strong Democratic Showing In Possible Swing Seat; Desmond Dominates More Republican District

June 7
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

It’s no secret that Democratic leaders want to elect one of their own to the all-Republican San Diego County Board of Supervisors this fall. Tuesday’s vote shows their best chance is probably in termed-out Republican Ron Roberts’ heavily Democratic District 4.

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Mapping The Vote In San Diego’s Key 2018 Primary Races

June 6
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

You’ve cast your primary ballot and seen the overall election results. Now you can dig deeper into the numbers by using six searchable maps created by inewsource.

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Election Day Money Facts To Help You Vote

June 5
By Jill Castellano / inewsource, Leo Castañeda / inewsource

For those of you making your final decisions on Tuesday about who to vote for in the June primary, you may be thinking back to the campaign fliers, signs and commercials you’ve been bombarded with over the past weeks.

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Outside Spending Ramps Up As Tuesday’s Election Approaches

June 1
By Jill Castellano / inewsource, Leo Castañeda / inewsource

With the election Tuesday, groups are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in San Diego County’s most competitive races.

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Update: San Marcos Mayor Cleared Of Campaign Finance Complaint In Bid For County Supervisor Seat

May 31
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond, who is running for the 5th District county Board of Supervisors seat in Tuesday's election, has been cleared by the city of violating its campaign finance rules.

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David Alvarez Raises $119,000 For County Supervisor Race — In 2020

May 29
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

San Diego Councilman David Alvarez is barred by term limits from running for re-election this year, but he’s not done with local politics. Alvarez has already raised a little more than $119,000 for a bid in 2020 to replace county Supervisor Greg Cox.

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Outside Money Supporting DA Candidate Jones-Wright Tops $1.5 Million

May 25
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

The outside money reported this week in the San Diego County district attorney’s race reached new highs, with spending by pro-Geneviéve Jones-Wright PACs totaling $1.5 million — more than double what they had last week.

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