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Encyclopedia > Seal Beach, California
City of Seal Beach, California
Official seal of City of Seal Beach, California
Seal
Location of Seal Beach within Orange County, California.
Country United States
State California
County Orange
Government
 - Mayor John Larson
Area
 - City 13.2 sq mi (34.2 km²)
 - Land 11.5 sq mi (29.8 km²)
 - Water 1.7 sq mi (4.5 km²)
Population (2000)
 - City 24,157
 - Density 2,098.7/sq mi (810.3/km²)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Website: http://ci.seal-beach.ca.us/

Seal Beach is a city in Orange County, California. The population was 24,157 at the 2000 census. The City was incorporated on 25 October 1915. Image File history File links Seal_beach. ... Image File history File links MapSealBeach. ... Cities in Orange County Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states, which are... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The U.S. state of California is divided into 58 counties. ... Cities in Orange County Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... John B. Larson (born July 22, 1948), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1999, representing the 1st District of Connecticut (map). ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... To help compare different orders of magnitude and geographical regions, we list here areas between 100 km² and 1000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... The Pacific Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... PDT is UTC-7 The Pacific Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-8). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Cities in Orange County Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. ... October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar). ...


Seal Beach is located in the north-westernmost corner of Orange County. San Pedro Bay, part of the Pacific Ocean, lies to the northwest. To the northwest, just across the border of Los Angeles County, lies the city of Long Beach. To the southeast is Huntington Harbour (part of Huntington Beach) and the unincorporated community of Sunset Beach. To the east is the city of Westminster and the community of West Garden Grove. To the north is the unincorporated community of Rossmoor and the city of Los Alamitos. San Pedro Bay is an inlet on the Pacific Ocean coast of southern California, United States. ... Los Angeles County is a county in California and is the most populous county in the United States. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in southern California. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with unincorporated. ... Sunset Beach is an unincorporated beachfront community northwest of Huntington Beach in Orange County, California. ... Location of Westminster within Orange County, California. ... West Garden Grove is a community encompassing the western portions of the city of Garden Grove, California in Orange County, California. ... Rossmoor is a census-designated place located in Orange County, California. ... Location of Los Alamitos within Orange County, California. ...

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Seal Beach encompasses the Leisure World retirement gated community with roughly 9,000 residents. This was the first major planned retirement community of its type in the U.S. The small gated community of Surfside Colony southwest of the Weapons Station is also part of Seal Beach. Leisure World is a gated retirement community located in Seal Beach, California. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A new town, planned community or planned city is a city, town, or community that was designed from scratch, and grew up more or less following the plan. ... Surfside, CA (looking northwest toward Long Beach) Surfside, CA (looking southeast toward Huntington Beach) Surfside (or Surfside Colony) is a small gated community with three rows of houses, lettered A, B, and C. Surfside is part of Seal Beach, California and is located on the west side of Pacific Coast...


The United States Navy's Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach was originally developed during World War II for loading, unloading, and storing of ammunition for the Pacific Fleet, and especially those US Navy warships home-ported in Long Beach. With closure of the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, the Weapons Station has become more involved in the research and development of missiles, torpedoes and conventional ammunition. Although the US Navy declines to comment on the issue, the common rumor is that nuclear weapons have been among the munitions stored in the bunkers on the base. {{ USN redirects here. ... Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach is a United States Navy weapons and munitions loading, storage and maintenance facility located in Seal Beach, California with detachments in Concord, Fallbrook, and San Diego, all also in California. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The United States Pacific Fleet (USPACFLT) is part of the US Navy. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... The Long Beach Naval Shipyard, which closed in 1997, was located at Terminal Island between the cities of Long Beach and San Pedro and approximately 23 miles south of the Los Angeles International Airport. ... It has been suggested that Guided missile be merged into this article or section. ... The torpedo, historically called a locomotive torpedo, is a self-propelled explosive projectile weapon, launched above or below the water surface, propelled underwater toward a target, and designed to detonate on contact or in proximity to a target. ... Boxes of ammunition clog a warehouse in Baghdad Ammunition is a generic military term meaning (the assembly of) a projectile and its propellant. ...


The Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is located on part of the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. Much of the refuge's 911 acres is the remnant of the saltwater marsh in the Anaheim Bay estuary (the rest of the marsh became the bayside community of Huntington Harbour, which is part of Huntington Beach). Three endangered species, the light-footed Clapper Rail, the California Least Tern, and the Belding's Savannah Sparrow, can be found nesting in the refuge. With the loss and degradation of coastal wetlands in California, the remaining habitat, including the Bolsa Chica State Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach and Upper Newport Bay in Newport Beach, has become much more important for migrating and wintering shorebirds, waterfowl, and seabirds. Although the refuge is a great place for birdwatching, because it is part of the weapons station, access is limited and usually restricted to once-a-month tours. National Wildlife Refuge is a designation for certain protected areas of the United States managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. ... Freshwater marsh in Florida In geography, a marsh is a type of wetland, featuring grasses, rushes, reeds, typhas, sedges, cat tails, and other herbaceous plants (possibly with low-growing woody plants) in a context of shallow water. ... Rio de la Plata estuary Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Estuaries An estuary is a semi-enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea. ... Binomial name Rallus longirostris Boddaert, 1783 The Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris) is a member of the rail family, Rallidae. ... Trinomial name Sterna antillarum browni Mearns The California Least Tern, Sterna antillarum browni, is a subspecies of Least Tern that breeds in bays of the Pacific Ocean within a very limited range in Orange County, San Diego County and extreme northern Mexico. ... Binomial name Passerculus sandwichensis (Gmelin, 1789) The Savannah Sparrow, Passerculus sandwichensis, is a small sparrow. ... Bolsa Chica Wetlands Reserves The Bolsa Chica State Ecological Reserve is a California wildlife reserve located in western Orange County, California surrounded by the city of Huntington Beach. ... Location of Newport Beach within Orange County, California. ...


History

"Anaheim Landing" on an 1875 map.
"Anaheim Landing" on an 1875 map.
Anaheim Landing (now Seal Beach), 1891.
Anaheim Landing (now Seal Beach), 1891.
Seal Beach amusement park, 1920.
Seal Beach amusement park, 1920.

Early on, the area that is now Seal Beach was known as "Anaheim Landing", as the boat landing and seaside recreation area named after the nearby town of Anaheim, California. Image File history File links SantaMonica-portadvert-1875. ... Image File history File links SantaMonica-portadvert-1875. ... Image File history File links AnaheimLanding-SealBeach-1890. ... Image File history File links AnaheimLanding-SealBeach-1890. ... Image File history File links SealBeach-1920. ... Image File history File links SealBeach-1920. ... Location of Anaheim within Orange County, California Coordinates: Country United States State California County Orange Government  - Mayor Curt Pringle Area  - City  50. ...


By the 20th century, it was known as Bay City, but there was already a Bay City located in Northern California. When the time came to incorporate on 25 October 1915, the town was named Seal Beach. The town became a popular recreation destination in the area, and featured a beach-side amusement park long before Disneyland was founded inland. October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Things to Do

Seal Beach Administration Building
Seal Beach Administration Building

The Lions Club Pancake Breakfast in April, and their Fish Fry (started in 1943) in July are two of the biggest events in Seal Beach. There has been a Rough Water Swim the same weekend as the Fish Fry since the 1960s. There is also a Classic Car Show in April, a Sand Castle Festival and a Kite Festival in September, and a Christmas Parade in December. Image File history File links Seal_beach. ... Image File history File links Seal_beach. ... Lions Clubs International logo Lions Clubs International is the worlds largest service club organization with 45,000 clubs and nearly 1. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival held on the fourth Sunday every May in Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan Kite flying is the activity of flying tethered man-made objects in wind. ... Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... United States Marines on parade. ...


On Electric Avenue where the railroad tracks used to run, there is the Red Car Museum, which features a restored Pacific Electric Railway Red Car. The Red Car trolley tracks once passed through Seal Beach going south to the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. Going north into Long Beach you could then take the Red Cars through much of Los Angeles County. The Pacific Electric Railway (AAR reporting mark PE), also known as the Red Car system, was a mass transit system in Southern California using streetcars, light rail and buses. ... The Balboa Peninsula is the part of Newport Beach, California people from outside the area probably think about most often when they see the words Newport Beach. ... Location of Newport Beach within Orange County, California. ...


Seal Beach is also home to the Bay Theatre, a popular venue for independent film and revival screenings. The Bay Theatre is a single-screen movie theater in Seal Beach, California. ...


Recreation

The second-longest pier in California is located in Seal Beach and is used for fishing and sightseeing. There is also a restaurant (Ruby's) at the end of the pier. The pier has periodically suffered severe damage due to storms and other mishaps, requiring extensive reconstruction. A plaque at the pier's entrance memorializes Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, 1938, Project No. Calif. 1723-F, a rebuilding necessitated by storms in 1935. Another plaque honors the individuals, businesses, and groups who helped rebuild the pier after a storm on March 2, 1983, tore away several sections. Most prominent was a "Save the Pier" group formed in response to an initial vote by the City Council not to repair the pier. The ensuing outcry of dismay among residents caused the City Council to reverse its stance while claiming the city lacked the necessary funds. Residents mobilized and eventually raised $2.3 million from private and public donors to rebuild the pier. For the type of foundation, see Deep foundation. ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish by hooking, trapping, or gathering. ... A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ... Rubys is a nostalgia-themed restaurant chain in Orange County, California, and are highly popular throughout the region. ... is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Surfing locations in Seal Beach include the Seal Beach pier and "Stingray Bay" (or Ray Bay—the surfer's nickname for the mouth of the San Gabriel River—the stingrays are attracted by the heated water from several upstream powerplants). Classic longboards builders in the area include Harbour Surfboards in Seal Beach and Bruce Jones Surfboards in Sunset Beach. The classic surf trunks of Kanvas by Katin in nearby Sunset Beach are world famous. Hein Cooper at Banzai Pipeline, December 1981 Surfing is a surface water sport in which the participant is carried along the face of a breaking wave as it approaches shore, usually on a surfboard. ... Genera Dasyatis Himantura Pastinachus Pteroplatytrygon Taeniura Urogymnus See text for species. ... The San Gabriel River, highlighted in red (on the right). ... Oil power plant in Iraq A power station (also referred to as generating station or power plant) is a facility for the generation of electric power. ...


The USA Water Polo National Aquatic Center, where the men's and women's US Olympic water polo teams train, is located on the US Military Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, adjacent to Seal Beach. The facility is also used for major water polo tournaments, swim classes, and swim teams. Water polo is a team water sport, which can be best described as a combination of swimming, handball and wrestling. ...


A marina for recreational craft operated by the City of Long Beach is adjacent to Seal Beach.


Economy

The major employer in Seal Beach is the Boeing Company, employing roughly 2,000 people. Their facility was originally built to manufacture the second stage of the Saturn V rocket for NASA's Apollo manned space flight missions to the Moon and for the Skylab program. Boeing Homeland Security & Services (airport security, etc.) is based in Seal Beach and Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems (satellite systems and classified programs) is headquartered in Seal Beach. Boeing is the world's largest satellite manufacturer. The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA, TYO: 7661 ) is a major aerospace and defense corporation, originally founded by William Boeing. ... The S-II was the second stage of the Saturn V rocket. ... For the moon designated Saturn V, see Rhea. ... The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an agency of the United States federal government, responsible for the nations public space program. ... For other uses, see Apollo (disambiguation). ... Apparent magnitude: up to -12. ... Skylab was the first space station the United States launched into orbit. ... For the NBC TV Movie starring Tom Skeritt, see Homeland Security (film). ... An Earth observation satellite, ERS 2 For other uses, see Satellite (disambiguation). ...


Geography

Location of Seal Beach, California

Seal Beach is located at 33°45′33″N, 118°4′57″W (33.759283, -118.082396)GR1. Image File history File links Seal_Beach_in_Orange_County_CA_map. ... Image File history File links Seal_Beach_in_Orange_County_CA_map. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 34.2 km² (13.2 mi²). 29.8 km² (11.5 mi²) of it is land and 4.5 km² (1.7 mi²) of it (13.01%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 24,157 people, 13,048 households, and 5,884 families residing in the city. The population density was 810.3/km² (2,099.5/mi²). There were 14,267 housing units at an average density of 478.6/km² (1,240.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.91% White, 1.44% African American, 0.30% Native American, 5.74% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 1.28% from other races, and 2.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.43% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 13,048 households, out of which 13.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 54.9% were non-families. 48.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 34.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.83 and the average family size was 2.65. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 13.3% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 21.5% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 37.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54 years. For every 100 females there were 78.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.4 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $42,079, and the median income for a family was $72,071. Males had a median income of $61,654 versus $41,615 for females. The per capita income for the city was $34,589. About 3.2% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Education

Seal Beach is currently under the Los Alamitos School District. Younger students (K-5) go to McGaugh Elementary School or Hopkinson Elementary School. High school students go to Los Alamitos High School [1]. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In media

In the 2001 film American Pie 2, the beach town the gang drives through is Main Street in Seal Beach. American Pie 2 is the 2001 sequel to the comedy film American Pie. ...


The short-lived afternoon television soap opera, "Sunset Beach", was named after the unincorporated community of Sunset Beach just south of Seal Beach. All the still house shots were of houses in Seal Beach. They also filmed almost all of the beach scenes in Seal Beach. For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ... The US soap opera Sunset Beach aired on NBC at 11:00 AM from January 6, 1997 to December 31, 1999. ... Sunset Beach is an unincorporated beachfront community northwest of Huntington Beach in Orange County, California. ...


Moses parted the "Red Sea" for Cecil B. DeMille's 1923 version of The Ten Commandments on the flat seashore of Seal Beach. (Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 epic color version with Charlton Heston as Moses has no connection to Seal Beach.) Location of the Red Sea The Red Sea is an inlet of the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia. ... Cecil Blount DeMille (August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959) was one of the most successful filmmakers during the first half of the 20th century. ... Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Ten Commandments is a 1923 epic silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Theodore Roberts as Moses, Charles de Rochefort as Pharaoh Rameses, Estelle Taylor as Miriam the sister of Moses, and James Neill as Aaron, the brother of Moses. ... The Ten Commandments is a 1956 motion picture dramatizing the Biblical story of Moses, an Egyptian prince-turned deliverer of the Hebrew slaves. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Moses with the Tablets, 1659, by Rembrandt This article is about the Biblical figure. ...


Famous residents

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