To get a better picture of any specific event a close up of other events may help. For instance, on February 5, 1931 a storm caused 2 houses to fall into the ocean off of Roosevelt Highway, (now Hwy One) near Topanga Canyon.
Gasoline was 19 cents a gallon. That was high, considering gas in the 1970's was still 25 cents a gallon.
However, coffee, Hills Brothers in the red can was just 37 cents a can and dog food was 95 cents for eleven cans.
Bobby Jones was going to teach the world golf in 1931 and Frank Sigafoos was traded from the Seals to the Angels in Coast League baseball.
Actor John Barrymore was romancing Dolores Costello (or the other way around) and William Morano was just 14 and hitched alone across the country to become an actor in Hollywood.
You might receive payment of moonshine for selling your car, and hopefully a fight won't start when the payment gets consumed before it gets to you.
In the Las Vegas Age Thursday, March 5, 1931 the headline states: Work to be rushed on great Hoover Dam project...
Rushed times, these were, while the going was getting stronger, building from the collapse, moving around the depression like we do, yes, like we do.