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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

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.

What’s Going On With Sweetwater School District’s iPads? 5 Things Y...

What’s Going On With Sweetwater School District’s iPads? 5 Things You Need To Know

July 20
By Leo Castaneda / inewsource

Back in 2012, the Sweetwater Union High School District — like a lot of other school districts in the United States — decided to buy Apple iPads for its students. The tablets, which at the time had only been around for a couple of years, were supposed to prepare students for a world ever more reliant on technology.

Sweetwater School Board Gives OK To Sell iPads District Already Sold

Sweetwater School Board Gives OK To Sell iPads District Already Sold

July 12
By Leo Castaneda / inewsource

The Sweetwater Union High School District has spent millions of dollars in recent years to buy iPads for students and staff. Now the district has started selling the tablets, but the timing of that action raises some questions.

Sweetwater School District Now Says It Sold Off 8,800 Aging iPads

Sweetwater School District Now Says It Sold Off 8,800 Aging iPads

July 7
By Leo Castaneda / inewsource

The Sweetwater Union High School District has announced it sold almost 8,800 outdated iPads from the district’s student technology initiative.

iPads For 7th-Graders At Sweetwater School District MIA

iPads For 7th-Graders At Sweetwater School District MIA

June 22
By Leo Castaneda / inewsource and Andrea Lopez-Villafaña / inewsource

Five years after the Sweetwater Union High School District board spent $4.5 million to put iPads in the hands of seventh-graders, nearly all of the Apple tablets are classified as out of inventory, lost or stolen.

Special Property Tax Lacks Robust Oversight, Accountability

Special Property Tax Lacks Robust Oversight, Accountability

June 20
By Leo Castaneda / inewsource

If you own a house in a relatively new neighborhood, chances are good you pay Mello-Roos taxes. Those are additional property taxes intended to pay for specific capital projects like schools and roads.

San Diego County Numbers Show Lifespan Gap Between Rich And Poor

San Diego County Numbers Show Lifespan Gap Between Rich And Poor

April 10
By Leo Castaneda / inewsource

The wealthiest men in San Diego County can expect to live almost a decade longer than their poorest counterparts.

 San Diego City Council Uses $6M In Savings To Buy Street Lights, L...

San Diego City Council Uses $6M In Savings To Buy Street Lights, Library Books

March 6
By Leo Castaneda / inewsource

A program that allows San Diego City Council members to use savings from their district office budgets for additional neighborhood projects has generated $6 million in grants since it began in 2012.

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