CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A former Sweetwater Union High School District board member who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in a public corruption case was sentenced Monday to 90 days in custody, which can be done in a house-arrest program if she's accepted.
Pearl Quinones, 61, gave up her school board position as a result of the felony conviction and also admitted a misdemeanor count of accepting gifts above the state limit.
South Bay Judge Ana Espana denied a motion by Quinones to reduce the felony conviction to a misdemeanor, said Deputy District Attorney Leon Schorr.
Quinones was also ordered to pay a $7,994 fine and perform 10 days of public work service.
Quinones was one of 15 people indicted in 2012 in a probe into a "pay for play" culture between contractors and officials from three school districts.
When the case was filed, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis alleged that for years, public officials regularly accepted what amounted to bribes -- trips, dinners and tickets -- in exchange for their votes on multimillion-dollar construction projects.
Several other defendants have entered guilty pleas in the case. The most recent were last week, when board President Jim Cartmill and trustee Bertha Lopez pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor accepting gifts charge. They're set for sentencing June 3 and June 9, respectively.
Among others to plead guilty in the case were former trustees Arlie Ricasa and Greg Sandoval, ex-Superintendent Jesus Gandara and a construction company executive, Henry Amigable, who admitted to a misdemeanor for providing gifts to school board members to influence their votes.
A cloudy start to the week with cooler weather for Monday and Tuesday. At the coast Monday, temperatures will hit the high 60s with high 70s for the inland communities.
Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of the Navy's Third Fleet, is the scheduled keynote speaker Monday at the annual Memorial Day observance at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
One man was killed and another injured when they were struck by a passenger train in Oceanside, authorities said Monday.
Sunday was all about those who laid their lives on the line and with the number of veterans dwindling each year, many present at a Miramar ceremony hope to keep their memory alive.
A Navy Seal team member has died after his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River.
Metropolitan Transit System is scheduling extra service starting Monday for a three-day game series between the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs at Petco Park, a spokesperson said.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Commencement was held Sunday for seniors at the University of San Diego, with ceremonies featuring a pair of distinguished alumni.
A 30-year-old was knocked out and stabbed three times at the Beyer Trolley Station early Sunday morning, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.
A bird was responsible for an outage that left thousands without electricity Sunday, a San Diego Gas & Electric spokesperson said.