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San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s second attempt at making California the first state to mandate overtime for farmworkers cleared the state Legislature Monday.

Gonzalez’s AB 1066 passed the state Assembly 44-32 amid cheers from farmerworkers and jeers from business groups.

Now it comes down to Gov. Jerry Brown, who will soon decide whether to sign off on the controversial legislation.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Brown’s next move isn’t clear.

Past attempts to mandate overtime for farmworkers have crumbled. A previous version of Gonzalez’s bill died in the Legislature in June and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar one years ago.

Yet Gonzalez, whose father who once worked in North County strawberry fields, was celebrating Monday.

Fellow San Diego state lawmaker Marty Block didn’t have as much to party about Monday. Brown vetoed Block’s SB 1257, which sought to require law students to complete 50 hours of pro bono legal work before they could be admitted to the California State Bar.

Brown noted in his veto message that he worried about burdening law students, who already face extraordinary tuition costs. Interestingly, when Sara Libby spoke with legal scholars around the state about the measure, they all said they didn’t think the measure unfairly burdened students.

Border Report: March from the U.S.-Mexico Border

Activists pushing an immigration overhaul are set to end an 11-day trek from Friendship Park at the border to Los Angeles Tuesday morning.

In this week’s Border Report, VOSD contributor Brooke Binkowski caught up with Bishop Jose García, leader of a D.C.-based nonprofit focused on ending hunger, who said he joined the march to increase awareness of a food insecurity crisis facing immigrant families.

Also in the Border Report: Binkowski updates us on San Ysidro’s new air quality monitor and a single-room occupancy hotel in the neighborhood packed with families who are set to be evicted soon.

Fronteras Desk reports on years-long struggles to identify undocumented migrants who died as they made their way through Arizona’s Pima County. The county medical examiner recently began using DNA samples to try to establish the identity of those whose remains were left behind in the desert.

Schooled on Getting Into School

Former San Diego Unified teacher turned city youth development program coordinator Leslie McNabb thought she was the ideal candidate to help her daughter find a quality school.

After all, she’s worked in the system.

But in a new op-ed, McNabb explains the challenges she faced in finding a quality school that could welcome her kindergartener this fall before she finally secured a spot at a charter school.

“I can’t imagine what would have happened if I had been a less involved parent,” McNabb writes.

 San Diego Unified, San Diego State and Cal State San Marcos all welcomed students for the first day of school on Monday.

News Nibbles

Come November, voters statewide will decide whether to legalize marijuana, and San Diego voters will decide whether to tax local businesses that sell it. (KPBS)

Yikes. U.S. Forest Service data shows more than half the land in San Diego County is at high risk for wildfires. (inewsource)

One of the students at the center of a fight at Lincoln High School returned to the school on Monday despite protests from the district’s police union. (10News)

The Little Italy restaurant owner whose restaurant was shuttered by Civic San Diego last year has sued the city-owned nonprofit. (San Diego Reader)

Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik is not impressed with the Chargers’ convadium pitch. (L.A. Times)

Lisa Halverstadt

Lisa is a senior investigative reporter who digs into some of San Diego's biggest challenges including homelessness, city real estate debacles, the region's...

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