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Leo Castaneda

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 Castaneda

America's Wall

America's Wall

Nov. 13
By Jean Guerrero, Leo Castaneda / inewsource

This project is a KPBS and inewsource investigation about the existing barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border ahead of President Trump's promised wall. Using previously undisclosed government data, we reveal the impact of construction over time.

County Superintendent Asks State To Investigate San Ysidro School D...

County Superintendent Asks State To Investigate San Ysidro School District Finances

Nov. 10
By Leo Castaneda / inewsource

The San Diego County superintendent of schools is asking the state to investigate the San Ysidro School District, citing concerns about payments made to the district’s two former top administrators.

San Ysidro Superintendent Resigns; Board Member Wants DA Probe Of F...

San Ysidro Superintendent Resigns; Board Member Wants DA Probe Of Finances

Nov. 6
By Leo Castaneda / inewsource

San Ysidro School District’s interim superintendent resigned late Friday night, just two months after his predecessor departed with a controversial separation package that made him the highest paid superintendent in the county.

San Ysidro School Trustee Calls For Top Official’s Resignation, All...

San Ysidro School Trustee Calls For Top Official’s Resignation, Alleges Financial Misdeeds

Nov. 2
By Leo Castaneda / inewsource

The San Ysidro School District serves some of the poorest students in San Diego County, but its school board is mired in controversy over allegations of financial mismanagement by an ex-superintendent and his successor.

Public Reacts To Ex-San Ysidro School Superintendent’s Pay — And It...

Public Reacts To Ex-San Ysidro School Superintendent’s Pay — And It’s Not Positive

Oct. 23
By Leo Castaneda / inewsource

A San Diego councilman, a San Ysidro school board member and the public were quick to react to an inewsource report on Friday that ex-Superintendent Julio Fonseca was paid at least $1 million in compensation for 26 months of work.

Ex-San Ysidro School Superintendent’s Compensation Makes Him Highes...

Ex-San Ysidro School Superintendent’s Compensation Makes Him Highest Paid In County, Second Highest In State

Oct. 19
By Leo Castaneda / inewsource

Taxpayers in the San Ysidro School District paid Superintendent Julio Fonseca, who resigned last month, at least $1 million in total compensation for 26 months of work in one of San Diego County’s poorest school districts.

Malware Attacks San Ysidro School District, Demands $19K Ransom

Malware Attacks San Ysidro School District, Demands $19K Ransom

Sept. 29
By Leo Castaneda / inewsource

Malware-infected computers at a local school district this month, deleting emails and forcing the district to temporarily shut down part of its systems.

News in Numbers: Private Money Funds $38K in Travel by San Diego Ho...

News in Numbers: Private Money Funds $38K in Travel by San Diego House Members, Staff

Aug. 25
By Leo Castaneda / inewsource

In the past 12 months, San Diego County’s congressional delegation and the people who work for them have taken 17 trips paid for by nonprofits, think tanks and private companies. In all, $37,525 was spent on travel to places that include England, Austria, Azerbaijan, New York and Seattle.

Putting iPads, Laptops In The Hands Of Schoolkids Comes With Challe...

Putting iPads, Laptops In The Hands Of Schoolkids Comes With Challenges

Aug. 4
By Leo Castaneda / inewsource

Laptops and tablets are becoming an expected part of K-12 education. Districts throughout the county are using different methods to pay for and manage that technology.

Help Us Crowdsource San Diego’s Mello-Roos Tax Districts

Help Us Crowdsource San Diego’s Mello-Roos Tax Districts

July 26
By Leo Castaneda / inewsource

Homeowners in San Diego County paid almost $1 billion in Mello-Roos taxes during the past five years. Even so, we know surprisingly little about how the taxes are charged or used.

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