May 4th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1933, the Seal Beach city council took measures to balance the general fund  by instituting a new work schedule and pay for the city’s water, street, and janitorial workers. The modified schedule cut four weeks down to three weeks. The cost cutting measures did not affect the police department or elective offices.

The trouble with keeping the general fund in the black was no doubt related to the world being more than three years into the Great Depression. Local lore has it that times became so dire that many Seal Beachers were forced to illegally shoot jackrabbits on the Hellman Ranch to feed their families while sympathetic Seal Beach policemen looked the other way. 

– Michael Dobkins

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