He said it has nothing to do with the resignation last week of David Miranda from the Civil Service Commission, which handles personnel matters with city employees. Miranda, 43, a nephew of Councilwoman Rosie Vasquez, was sentenced last month to four years’ probation for his fourth drunken- driving conviction. Miranda, who could not be reached for comment, was appointed in March 2005. He also resigned last week from his job at the Montebello Unified School District. The terms of his probation include having his driver license suspended for two years, serving 15 days in county jail, and serving 18 months in an alcohol rehabilitation program. “It is purely a political agenda and witch hunt,” said Chavarria Halpern, spokesperson for Montebello Citizens for Honest Government and Miranda’s mother. She said he has been targeted for his involvement with her group’s recall effort of three council members for their part in exploring the county taking over the city’s fire services. Only Councilman Jeff Siccama will face recall Dec. 18. Councilman Bill Molinari said he was unaware of Miranda’s criminal cases. He was disturbed, however, why the resolution did not pertain to city employees and elected officials. “I have several concerns,” he said. “It should include everyone.” Narramore said the resolution was only the first step in reviewing and updating the city’s policy on background checks. Vasquez, who declined to comment about her nephew, said elected officials should be subject to the background checks. “We set the examples,” she said. Resident Catherine Torres questioned why this type of policy was not already on the books. Molinari concurred and said he was embarrassed that it wasn’t already in place. Vasquez said the protocol must be established, especially for employees in the Parks and Recreation Department since they come in contact with children. The resolution states that a commissioner cannot serve if he or she has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, unless it is not related to the position and poses no threat or risk to the city or to the public. The list of offenses includes, but is not limited to robbery, embezzlement, kidnapping, homicide, receiving stolen property, drugs or narcotics, intoxication, fraud, manslaughter, theft, forgery, assault, bribery and domestic violence. Narramore said he expects a policy concerning elected officials to come before the council at its next meeting. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – The City Council recently approved the first step in its evaluation of the city’s background-check policy for employees, commissioners and elected officials. The resolution, which passed unanimously, authorizes the city administrator and/or personnel director access to the criminal history for candidates for the city’s commissions. They are the arts and culture, civil service, golf course, parks and recreation, planning, traffic and safety, and youth commissions. “The city’s policies are not up to date,” said interim City Administrator Randy Narramore.