CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A controversial Sweetwater Union High School District board member was sworn in on Monday for another term after winning re-election.
With a grandchild on her hip and newly-elected San Diego Mayor Bob Filner standing to her right, Pearl Quinones was sworn in for a third term as a Sweetwater Union High School District board member.
Late last year, investigators with the District Attorney's Office raided her home and the home of other school board officials.
Quinones, fellow board member Arlie Ricasa, former board member Greg Sandoval and former superintendent Jesus Gandara were indicted in connection with accepting bribes from contractors. All pleaded not guilty. Despite that, voters re-elected Quinones last month.
"I'm disappointed," said Alex Anguiano, the president of the teacher's union. "I think this is a big distracter from our main mission, which is to educate our students. I think this will disrupt our semester."
Gene Chavira was the driving force behind a failed effort to recall all the Sweetwater school board members.
He told 10News, "It's just a shame that the community, in my opinion, is so misinformed that this happened."
Filner seemed oblivious to the criminal controversy surrounding Quinones.
During the meeting, Filner said, "I am proud to be associated with you for 20 years."
Quinones made a request of the mayor and he replied, saying, "Of course! Whatever the queen says, I do."
The comment was met with laughter from those in the audience.
Filner also said he plans to use the embattled school district as a model.