Officials Set to Vote on Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Net

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Since it opened in 1937, over 1,600 people have committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. There has long been a debate over whether to build a physical suicide deterrent on the structure. The state budget, recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, includes $7 million toward such a barrier, estimated to cost $75 million. On Friday, bridge officials will vote on whether or not to approve a final $20 million, which will mean the project can move forward. We'll discuss the proposed barrier and its funding. Will a net prevent suicides at the iconic bridge?

Proposed Suicide Barrier (rendering provided by the Golden Gate Bridge District)


Tom Ammiano, member of the California state Assembly (D-San Francisco)

Denis Mulligan, general manager and CEO of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District

Clark Hinderleider, secretary of Clinician-Scientists for the Public's Weal, an advocacy group for health care and health care reform in Marin County and San Francisco