Supervisor Malia Cohen introduced legislation that seeks to increase gun control.

Supervisor Malia Cohen introduced legislation that seeks to increase gun control.

Housing Agency transparency is criticized

The commission that oversees the beleaguered public housing agency in San Francisco has long met at a location in the Tenderloin, with its meetings escaping the scrutiny of televised or audio broadcast others face when meeting at City Hall.

But after the Housing Authority was rocked by the termination of its executive director and a scathing audit finding wasteful spending and mismanagement of housing units, the Board of Supervisors has renewed its call for the commission overseeing the agency to convene its meetings at City Hall.

Supervisor David Campos introduced a resolution Tuesday that urges the Housing Authority Commission to “meet at City Hall and have their meetings televised and archived.” A similar resolution approved by the board unanimously in October 2012 went unheeded.

“We cannot do right by the residents of public housing unless what we do is transparent,” Campos said.

Campos has scheduled a June 13 hearing on the audit's findings for the board's Government Audits and Oversight Committee.

Also Tuesday, Supervisor Malia Cohen introduced legislation that seeks to increase San Francisco's gun controls.

“We must continue to take steps to demonstrate that in San Francisco we will not tolerate irresponsible gun ownership that compromises public safety,” Cohen said.

The legislation would ban the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, building on the ban of selling such ammo which is defined as holding more than 10 rounds. The legislation would require anyone who possesses large capacity magazines to get rid of them within 90 days.

This type of magazine has been used in high-profile shootings, including last year's massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut and the 2011 Tuscon, Ariz., shooting that wounded U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. Recently, undercover police officers were shot at near India Basin Shoreline Park by people armed with semi-automatic pistols containing 30-round magazine, the legislation said.

The local law proposal comes as Senate Bill 396 is pending before the Legislature The bill would enact a ban on such magazines statewide beginning July 2014.

The legislation would also require ammo dealers within San Francisco to report the sale of any amount of any kind of ammunition to the chief of police within 24 hours of the sale and for dealers outside of The City to report an ammo delivery of more than 500 rounds.

Cohen's proposal would also prevent people younger than 18 from shooting at a gun range unless accompanied by an adult.

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