CORONADO — Last week the City of Coronodo lifted its 15-year ban on suicide-by-bridge-jumping in an effort to tame San Diego’s population growth.
The law was enacted as part of Prop G, which passed by an overwhelming margin in November’s election. When the county’s population hit the 3 million mark in 2007, it was clear that San Diego had become too crowded.
San Diego Mayor Harold Finley, who voted in favor of the Proposition said, “The city’s population is getting out of hand. It takes me almost 30 minutes to get a parking spot at Costco. Also, driving to City Hall from Temecula on the I-15 is a nightmare.”
To prevent more annoyances caused by overpopulation, the city has positioned various “Jump Zones” along the Coronado Bridge. These signs mark designated areas where bridge jumping is permitted.
“We think the Jump Zone signs will make a big splash,” said Finley.
“We hope to see people that San Diego needs least to jump off the bridge, and so far we’ve had good results. Yesterday three telemarketers jumped off, and today we heard that two real estate agents are thinking about it,” added Mayor Finley.
Before Prop G passed, there had been a state fine of $50 for jumping off the Coronado Bridge, which was a deterrent for many people.
“Now that there’s no $50 fine for jumping off the bridge, we expect to see a lot more people committing suicide,” added Finley.
The Coronado Bridge is the third largest suicide bridge in the U.S, behind Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA, and the Aurora Bridge in Seattle, WA. The ban on bridge jumping was originally enacted in 1994 when the city still felt it needed a larger population to drive its economy.