Nearly 50 people have jumped to their deaths from Santa Barbara’s Cold Spring Canyon Arch Bridge since its construction in 1964. The Cold Spring Canyon Arch Bridge Suicide Prevention Committee – formed in November – began meeting last week to develop strategies to prevent the suicides, which also threaten police officers when they attempt to intercept them. The committee seeks public comment on a host of proposed prevention plans, including restricting access, installing a no-loitering sign, and building a tightly woven metal barrier. The first public hearing is scheduled for May 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Santa Barbara City College, BC245 Forum Room. The forum will include a film created by a Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor.

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