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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

By The Numbers: San Diego County’s Most Diverse Neighborhoods

By The Numbers: San Diego County’s Most Diverse Neighborhoods

Jan. 15
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

When two residents in the southeastern San Diego neighborhood of Encanto meet, there’s a 71 percent chance they’re of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. In the coastal community of Cardiff, there’s only a 25 percent chance of that happening.

San Diego County’s Income Inequality Increases Despite Falling Unem...

San Diego County’s Income Inequality Increases Despite Falling Unemployment Rate

Jan. 5
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

Income inequality can present long-term risks to San Diego’s regional economy as it becomes harder for residents to afford to live here.

Why East L.A. Educators Have Been Running The Troubled San Ysidro S...

Why East L.A. Educators Have Been Running The Troubled San Ysidro School District

Dec. 27
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

When the San Ysidro school board hired Mary Willis as its interim superintendent in November, she became the seventh person to lead the troubled district since 2013. She was also the fourth to have ties to school districts in the East Los Angeles area.

Budget Error Means San Ysidro School District Owes State $5.1 Million

Budget Error Means San Ysidro School District Owes State $5.1 Million

Dec. 15
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

The San Ysidro School District for two years overstated student enrollment and now owes the state an estimated $5.1 million.

Border Apprehensions And Detentions, Explained

Border Apprehensions And Detentions, Explained

Dec. 7
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

Immigration figures released this week show the lowest number of people trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally in decades. Meanwhile, deportations of people living illegally in the United States are up significantly.

‘Extraordinary Audit’ Of San Ysidro School District Moving Forward

‘Extraordinary Audit’ Of San Ysidro School District Moving Forward

Nov. 21
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

The state agency that will investigate potential fraud or misuse of funds involving two former top administrators at the San Ysidro School District has signed an agreement to conduct what is called an “extraordinary audit.”

America's Wall

America's Wall

Nov. 13
By Jean Guerrero, Leo Castañeda / 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 Castañeda / 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 Castañeda / 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 Castañeda / 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.

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