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Leonardo Castañeda
Leonardo Castañeda is a reporter and economic analyst for inewsource. To contact him with tips, suggestions or corrections, please email leocastaneda [at] inewsource [dot] org.
Ex-San Ysidro superintendents received hefty payouts for vacation and leave days

Ex-San Ysidro superintendents received hefty payouts for vacation and leave days

Two former top administrators in the San Ysidro School District cashed out nearly $178,000 in vacation and leave days during the approximately two years they worked there, according to payroll records obtained by inewsource. The amount of vacation days appears to be far more than either could have earned under their contracts. Questions about district payments to Superintendent Julio Fonseca ... Read More »

Medical examiner: Homeless deaths on the rise in San Diego County

Medical examiner: Homeless deaths on the rise in San Diego County

Volunteers were out early Friday canvassing the streets, canyons and riverbanks as part of San Diego County’s annual homeless count. But one stat is already known: The number of homeless people dying in the county increased significantly in 2017, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Last year, the office recorded 126 homeless deaths — up 17 percent over the 108 ... Read More »

Breaking down the border wall after John Kelly’s comments

Breaking down the border wall after John Kelly’s comments

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly presented a more moderate vision this week for a U.S.-Mexico border wall than the one President Donald Trump had pledged during his 2016 campaign. On Wednesday, Kelly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that some of Trump’s campaign immigration policies were “uninformed.” The country won’t build a wall along the entire southern ... Read More »

By the numbers: San Diego County’s most diverse neighborhoods

By the numbers: San Diego County’s most diverse neighborhoods

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. That makes Encanto one of the most diverse neighborhoods in San Diego County, and Cardiff one of the least diverse. Those ... Read More »