Leonardo Castañeda
Leonardo Castañeda
Leonardo Castañeda is a reporter covering demographics and the income divide as part of The Mercury News’ Living in the Bay Area team. He graduated from San Diego State University with degrees in journalism and economics, and previously reported in America’s Finest City. He also speaks Spanish, holds strong opinions about burritos and can be reached at 408-920-5012.Source
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The first USS Oakland in 70 years commissioned at its namesake port

The first USS Oakland in 70 years commissioned at its namesake port

By | | Bay Area News GroupOAKLAND — The USS Oakland was commissioned in its namesake port Saturday morning in a ceremony steeped in centuries of naval tradition, with some uniquely 2021 spins.The ceremony was attended by military veterans, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas W. Harker and several guests watching from their cars for the U.S. Navy’s first-ever drive-in commissioning ceremony, an adjustment necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Other guests watched a live broadcast of the ceremony online.“She’s a marvel of engineering that will extend our...

April 17, 2021
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Could downtown Oakland become the next Bay Area ‘tech capital?’

Could downtown Oakland become the next Bay Area ‘tech capital?’

By | | Bay Area News GroupA new report on Oakland’s post-COVID economy is bullish on the city’s downtown, which analysts and at least one developer are betting will come back in a big way in 2021 and beyond.Speaking at an economic summit hosted by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Beacon Economics founder Christopher Thornberg presented the key findings in the report and said he’s optimistic that downtown office space is going to be a key driver of the region’s economic recovery.“Downtowns are not ending as a result of the pandemic. Quite the opposite,” he said....

April 15, 2021
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The first USS Oakland in 70 years commissioned at its namesake port

The first USS Oakland in 70 years commissioned at its namesake port

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 17: The Navy commissioned the USS Oakland, Saturday, April 17, 2021, during a ceremony in Oakland, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)OAKLAND — The USS Oakland was commissioned in its namesake port Saturday morning in a ceremony steeped in centuries of naval tradition, with some uniquely 2021 spins.The ceremony was attended by military veterans, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas W. Harker and several guests watching from their cars for the U.S. Navy’s first-ever drive-in commissioning ceremony, an adjustment necessitated by the COVID-19...

April 18, 2021
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Video shows San Jose police tasing, beating couple after hotel birthday party

Video shows San Jose police tasing, beating couple after hotel birthday party

A video has surfaced of a couple getting tased, beaten with batons and shot with a less-lethal riot gun after a noise complaint at a San Jose hotel last spring in an incident that ultimately led them to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and multiple police officers. The incident unfolded in May 2019, when San Jose Police Department officers responded to a noise complaint at a Holiday Inn on North First Street, according to the January lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court of Northern California. Marissa Santa Cruz and Paea Tukuafu were celebrating a few days ahead of...

August 15, 2020
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Frustration grows with the Bay Area’s patchwork of quickly changing coronavirus rules

Frustration grows with the Bay Area’s patchwork of quickly changing coronavirus rules

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XShow Caption of By | and | | Bay Area News GroupThe Bay Area’s coronavirus response, once a model of regional coordination whose aggressiveness against the virus outpaced California’s, has devolved into a patchwork of competing and at times conflicting rules, leaving business owners and elected officials frustrated and confused nearly four months after the lockdown orders first went into effect.Outdoor dining, for weeks allowed in all of the Bay Area, is now banned in Alameda County, while indoor dining can continue in...

July 12, 2020
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Coronavirus: California reports record-high ICU usage and hospitalizations

Coronavirus: California reports record-high ICU usage and hospitalizations

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupCalifornia hit all-time highs in the number of patients hospitalized or in intensive care unit beds with COVID-19, while county health departments reported 9,522 new COVID-19 cases and 95 deaths on Friday,The cases and deaths reported bring California to 310,175 total cases and 6,945 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Many of the new cases are in Southern California, led by Los Angeles with 2,620 new cases and 49 new deaths. Riverside County reported 1,431 new cases and four deaths, and...

July 11, 2020
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California denies Santa Clara County’s expanded reopening plan; confusion grows on outdoor dining

California denies Santa Clara County’s expanded reopening plan; confusion grows on outdoor dining

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupA request to ease lockdown rules that would’ve allowed larger gatherings and more business reopenings in Santa Clara County has been denied by the state, a county official said.The request for a variance was made on July 2 and would’ve allowed all businesses to reopen except those considered high-risk that necessitate taking off a mask — such as smoking lounges and indoor bars — as well as mass gatherings such as theaters and music venues. Had the variance been approved, the county would’ve...

July 4, 2020
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San Jose lowriders bring coronavirus relief to Gilroy farmworkers

San Jose lowriders bring coronavirus relief to Gilroy farmworkers

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XShow Caption of By | | Bay Area News Group if you are having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.Dozens of lowriders in Chevrolet Bel Airs and El Caminos and Plymouth convertibles led a car caravan from San Jose to Gilroy to deliver food, masks and other household goods to farmworkers in Gilroy on Saturday morning.The caravan, joined by cars decorated with signs thanking agricultural workers, wove through orchards and fields growing corn, onions and Gilroy’s famed garlic. For the lowriders, part of a rich...

June 27, 2020
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‘Cautiously optimistic:’ Bay Area records fourth day of declining coronavirus ICU patients

‘Cautiously optimistic:’ Bay Area records fourth day of declining coronavirus ICU patients

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | and | | Bay Area News GroupThe number of COVID-19 patients in Bay Area intensive care units declined for the fourth day in a row Saturday, adding to a sense of “cautious optimism” that the region’s shelter-in-place orders were paying dividends.The news came even as some local governments are adjusting those orders to avoid Easter weekend crowds, especially in parks and at beaches.The total of 179 patients in ICU in the five-county Bay Area was down from a peak of 199 on Wednesday, and represented the lowest total...

April 11, 2020
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30 Bay Area cities shrank last year as California population growth slowed

30 Bay Area cities shrank last year as California population growth slowed

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupThirty Bay Area cities — from Concord to San Leandro to Los Altos — all shrank just a little bit last year, which delivered the region’s slowest population growth since 2006.California’s population grew just 0.2 percent in 2019, continuing a trend of slowing growth that started after the Great Recession, according to estimates released by the state’s Department of Finance this month. The state is still just shy of 40 million residents. The five-county Bay Area grew by 0.3 percent, adding 21,925...

May 7, 2020
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