Tim McOsker

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


McOsker previously served as the Chief of Staff and Chief Deputy City Attorney for former Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn from 1997 to 2005 [1, 4]. Prior to working in Los Angeles, McOsker served as City Attorney for a number of Southern California Jurisdictions [1]. For the past four years, McOsker was the Chief Executive Officer of Alta, which is a non-profit focused on ocean sustainability and the blue economy. McOsker is also currently on the governing boards of several local organizations, such as the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District, the Bridge Cities Alliance, the Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers, and the Linc Housing Corporation  [1,3].

Key Issues


McOsker wants to invest in affordable housing units and preventative care, such as mental health and emergency services [1]. He wants to provide shelter for the homeless while also focusing on creating permanent housing [5].


McOsker supports a focus on small businesses and creating union jobs that support families on a path to the middle class [1].


McOsker wants to ensure that green technologies and innovation benefits workers. He wants to transition to new fuels while maintaining jobs [1]. 

Law Enforcement

McOsker supports moving some of the LAPD’s tasks to other professionals, such as social workers and medical professionals, and in turn freeing up funds to address rising crime [4,6]. He wants to move the tasks regarding response to psychiatric, behavioral, or substance abuse crimes. He wants to expand the Community Safety Partnership program, where police officers would make a commitment to work within the community for five years and also engage directly in the community through sporting and community events. McOsker supports technological investments to reduce officer overtime and shifting administrative work from police officers to civilians [6].


McOsker does not oppose the potential redistricting of Watts into the 8th or 9th district [5].

Public Safety

 McOsker supports the enforcement of current gun laws [1]. He wants to invest in community programs such as after-school activities, summer jobs, peace ambassadors, and programs that parks provide [6].


Los Angeles County Federation of Labor; Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades Council; United Firefighters Of Los Angeles City (UFLAC); International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 1014; Long Beach Firefighters Association Local 372; AFSCME District Council 36; AFSCME Local 119; AFSCME Local 1902; AFSCME Local 3634; AFSCME United Nurses Associations of; California/United Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP); Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 9; International Union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council 36; International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU); Southern California District Council; IATSE Local 33; International Longshore and Warehouse Union Locals (ILWU) 13; International Longshore and Warehouse Union Locals (ILWU) 20; International Longshore and Warehouse Union Locals (ILWU) 63; International Longshore and Warehouse Union Locals (ILWU) 68; International Longshore and Warehouse Union Locals (ILWU) 94; Inlandboatmen’s Union (IBU) Southern California Region; Ironworkers Local 416; Ironworkers Local 433; Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16, including Local 78, Local 114, Local 230, Local 250, Local 345, Local 364, Local 398, Local 403, Local 460, Local 484, Local 582, Local 709, Local 761; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 18; Operating Engineers Local 12; International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge No. 1484; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11; International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local 105; LiUNA Local 300; LiUNA Local 777; LiUNA Local 1309; Los Angeles City Attorneys Association; Maritime Trades Department Southern California Ports Council AFL-CIO; National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW); SEIU United Healthcare Workers; SEIU Local 99 – Education Workers United; SEIU Local 121RN; SEIU Local 721; SEIU Local 2015; Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters; Teamsters Joint Council 42; United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770; United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 36; UNITE HERE Local 11; United Steelworkers Local 675; USW Los Angeles/Orange County Legislative Education Committee; La Opinión Newspaper; Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper; Los Angeles Blade; Korea Daily News; Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters (LALCV); Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction; Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County Action Fund (PPAP); Sierra Club Angeles Chapter; HONOR PAC; Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) PAC; Los Angeles Food and Beverage PAC; Los Angeles Jobs PAC; Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce; Los Angeles South Chamber of Commerce; Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles; Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA-WR); Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) PAC; California Apartment Association; Central City Association of Los Angeles; Hollywood Chamber of Commerce PAC; San Pedro Chamber of Commerce; Wilmington Chamber of Commerce; Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP); Los Angeles County Young Democrats; Avance Democratic Club; Democrats For Israel Los Angeles – Support; Muslim American Democratic Club of Southern California; New Frontier Democratic Club; San Pedro Democratic Club; Southern California Armenian Democrats (SCAD); Stonewall Democratic Club; Alex Padilla, U.S. Senator; Nanette Barragán, U.S. Congressmember; Tony Cárdenas, U.S. Congressmember; Jimmy Gomez, U.S. Congressmember; Ted Lieu, U.S. Congressmember; Alan Lowenthal, U.S. Congressmember; Maxine Waters, U.S. Congressmember; Ricardo Lara, California Insurance Commissioner; Janice Hahn, Los Angeles County Supervisor; Nora Vargas, San Diego County Supervisor; Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Mayor; Nury Martinez, Los Angeles City Council President; Bob Blumenfield, Los Angeles City Councilmember; Gil Cedillo, Los Angeles City Councilmember,  former State Senator and State Assemblymember; Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece; Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilmember; Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles City Councilmember; John Lee, Los Angeles City Councilmember; Monica Rodriguez, Los Angeles City Councilmember; Steven Bradford, California State Senator; Maria Elena Durazo, California State Senator; Bob Hertzberg, California State Senator and Former State Assembly Speaker; Sydney Kamlager, California State Senator; Anthony Rendon, California State Assembly Speaker; Mike Fong, California State Assemblymember; Mike Gipson, California State Assemblymember; Reggie Jones-Sawyer, California State Assemblymember; Al Muratsuchi, California State Assemblymember; Patrick O’Donnell, California State Assemblymember; Miguel Santiago, California State Assemblymember; Warren Furutani, Former California State Assemblymember; Robert Garcia, Long Beach Mayor; Rex Richardson, Long Beach Vice Mayor; ​Doug Otto, Long Beach City College Trustee; John A. Pérez, University of California (U.C.) Regent and former California State Assembly Speaker; Mel Levine (Ret.), U.S. Congressman; Herb Wesson Jr. (Ret.), Los Angeles City Council President & California Assembly Speaker; Laura Chick (Ret.), Taxpayer watchdog and Los Angeles City Controller; Rick Tuttle (Ret.), Los Angeles City Controller; Wendy Greuel (Ret.), Los Angeles City Controller & Councilmember; Richard Polanco (Ret.), California State Senate Majority leader; Dr. Richard Vladovic (Ret.), Los Angeles Unified School District Board President; Mike Hernandez (Ret.), Los Angeles City Councilmember; Cindy Miscikowski (Ret), Los Angeles City Councilmember and President of the Board of Harbor Commissioners; Bob Foster (Ret.), Long Beach Mayor; Alex Rooker, California Democratic Party First Vice Chair; Cindy Montanez, San Fernando City Councilwoman and former State Assemblywoman; Pat F​urey, Torrance Mayor; Martha M. Escutia (Ret.), State Senator;  Shannon Ross, President of the San Pedro Democratic Club President, of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Regional Vice-Chair & casual longshoreman; Mark Gonzalez, Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP) Chair; Sergio Carrillo, Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP) Vice Chair; Frank Lima, United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC) Past President and International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) General Secretary Treasurer; Port of Los Angeles Commissioner Diane Middleton; Jimmie Woods Gray – Democratic Party and Labor Leader; Connie Rice – Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Advancement Project and Long-Standing Civil Rights Attorney; Peter Gravett – Retired Major General & L.A. Harbor Boys & Girls Club Board Member; Gerry Chaleff – Former Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing to the LAPD Police Chief; Nathalie Rayes – Latino Victory Fund President and CEO; Brian Williams – LA County Civilian Oversight Commission Executive Director; Pastor K.W. Tulloss – President of the Baptist Ministers Conference of LA; Renata Simril – LA84 President and CEO; George Kieffer – Chair of the Appointed LA Charter Commission and UC Board of Regents Chair Emeritus; Gene Hale – Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce Chair; Laura Avila – Events & Marketing, San Pedro Chamber of Commerce; Sandy Bradley – Finance Consultant, San Pedro Chamber of Commerce; Olga Chavez – Community Representative, Marathon Petroleum; Arlene Dickey – Community Activist; Tahia Hayslet – Executive Director, Harbor Interfaith; Noramae Munster  – Small Business Owner, Just Ducky Foods; Theresa Sardisco – Founder, San Pedro Pet Pals; Angela Romero – Founder, San Pedro Heritage Museum; Jenny Sova – Director of Planning, LA Fleet Week; Erica Thorne – Director of Sales and Marketing at Doubletree LA Harbor; Brissa Sotelo Vargas – Director, Community Relations & Government Affairs at Valero Energy Corporation; Erika Velazquez – Harbor Area Director for LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn; Mary Jo Walker – Community Activist; Elizabeth Warren – Dialed-In Partners; Britta Wichers – MBF Productions; Irene Mendoza – Former CD 15 staff member (Ret.); Rachel Viramontes – Retired, Former President of the Wednesday Club; LaWanda Hawkins – CEO, Justice for Murdered Children; Emma Ogley-Oliver – College Professor; Jennifer Zivkovic LaMarque, Deputy at LAC District 4; Dr. Linda Rogers Wiley – Principal, Holy Trinity Elementary School; Najee Ali – Community Activist; Fred Allen – Owner, Fred Allen & Associates; Mandy Barton – Managing Partner, The Chori-Man LLC and Salchicha Foods LLC; Ryan S. Blaney, Esq. – Principal, Bolimini International Law Group; Yvonne Bogdanovich – Community Leader and Philanthropist; Caroline Brady – Executive Director, Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium; James Brown – Owner, San Pedro Brew Co.; Rosemary Callahan – Vice President, Malaga Bank (Ret.); Ann Carpenter – Co-Founder, Braid Theory; Chief Innovative Officer, Council District 15; Pam Costa – Owner, Charcuteries by Pam; Honorary Mayor of San Pedro; Denise Eastburn – Director of Medical Staff Services and Board Liaison, Providence Little Company of Mary at San Pedro; Amy Erickson – Executive Director, Angels Gate Cultural Center; Joe Gatlin – Vice President and Co-Founder, San Pedro Wilmington NAACP; Linda Grimes – Co-Founder and Managing Director, San Pedro Waterfront Arts District; Mitch Harmatz – Acting Executive Director, Beacon House Association of San Pedro; Bruce Heyman – Executive Director of Los Angeles Maritime Institute; Brian Hishinuma – Los Angeles Fire Department (Ret.); Former United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Boardmember; Bob Iannessa – Executive Director, San Pedro Business Improvement District; Manuel Jimenez – Founder and Owner, Black Knight Patrol; Alan Johnson – CEO, Jerico Development; Eric Johnson – President, Jerico Development; Lesley Jones – Owner, Omelette & Waffle Shop; Community Activist; Jenny Krusoe – Founding Executive Director, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles; Mike Lansing – Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club Harbor; Doane Liu – Board Chair, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles; Sandra Marchioli – Owner, Godmothers Saloon; Angie Martinez – Boardmember, The Society for Point Fermin Lighthouse; Boardmember, The San Pedro Wednesday Club; John Mattera – Owner, Mattera Photography (and HUGE Notre Dame fan); Mike Molina – President and CEO, Molina Consulting, Inc.; Pat Nave – Los Angeles City Attorney, Port of Los Angeles (Ret.); Diana Nave – Chair of Planning and Land Use, Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council; Linda Nutile – Educator and Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council Boardmember; Lisa Nygren – Executive and Development Assistant, Grand Vision Foundation; Ross O’Brien – Partner at Servatius, O’Brien & Fong; Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Pacific Battleship Center/Battleship USS IOWA; John Papadakis – Founder, Bridge to Breakwater Promenade plan; Yolanda Regalado – Owner, Sirens Java & Tea; Ray Regalado – Member, Northwest Neighborhood Council; Commissioner, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE); Cristina Santos Liu – Teacher, Holy Trinity School; Liz Schindler-Johnson – Executive Director, Grand Vision Foundation; Bill Schopp – Co-Founder and President, Cabrillo Beach Youth Sailing Foundation; Amber Sheikh – Chief Impact Officer, Sheikh/Impact; Mona Sutton – Owner, Omelette & Waffle Shop; Community Activist; Elise Swanson – President and CEO, San Pedro Chamber of Commerce; Mark Waronek – President and CEO, M&M Consulting; Mayor of Lomita; Shari Weaver – Director of the Coordinated Entry System, Harbor Interfaith Services; Jonathan Williams – President and Chief Executive Officer, Battleship IOWA Museum/National Museum of the Surface Navy; Lee Alpert – Senior Counsel; Raquelle De La Rocha – Former Los Angeles City Police Commissioner, Former Ethics Commissioner, & Attorney; Sweet Alice Harris – Watts community activist and Founder of Parents of Watts; Kerry Morrison – Founder and Project Director, Heart Forward LA; Mike Morrison – Founder, The Leadership Workshop; Lee Williams – Immediate Past Board Chair of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce; Kerman Maddox – L.A. Businessman and Activist; Gary Dwight – President of Cabrillo Beach Boosters; George Palaziol – Owner, GP Graphics and Marketing and San Pedro Community Advocate; John Bagakis – Owner, Big Nick’s Pizza and Pasta, Chair of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce*; Peter D. Kelly III – Attorney, lecturer and commentator; Former State Chairman, Chief of Staff, and Finance Director of the California Democratic Party; Felton Newell – Trial Lawyer; Ernest Lee – Executive Director of The Korean Friendship Bell Preservation Committee; Dan Hoffman – Former longtime Executive Director of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce; Steve Nissen – Former Chair of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp (LAEDC); Teresa Jasso – Jordan Downs Resident Advisory Council Member*; Rafael Garcia – Providence Wellness and Activity Center*; Bruce Saito – Director, California Conservation Corps*; Jessica Lall – President and CEO of Central City Association (CCA)*; Barry Fink – Attorney; Linda Grimes – Executive Director, San Pedro Waterfront Arts District; Howard Uller – Former CEO, Toberman Settlement House, Inc.; Isaiah Carter – Owner, Isaiah Carter Insurance Services; Kurt Muller – Attorney; Laurie Jacobs – Homelessness Liaison, Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council; Sue Speth – Community Member; Helena Zuvich – Wilmington Resident; Al Garnier – LLC Manager, Cabrillo Dry Boat Storage; Sandi Coleman – Retired Longshoreman, ILWU 13; Linda Nietes-Little – Owner, Philippine Expressions Bookshop; Paula M. Mazzarino – Local Resident; Jane McGuire – LAUSD Teacher; Mike Davis; David Serrato; James Acevedo; Gary Buss – GDB Insurance Services; Sharyl Holtzman, Communications & Events Specialist – Girl Rock Ltd; Lindy Miller, San Pedro Resident; Kaitlyn Estevez, San Pedro Chamber of Commerce; Orlando Ward, Director Community Affairs – Volunteers of America Los Angeles; Emma Schafer; Barbara J. Stanton, Executive Director – Entrepreneur Educational Center; John Barbera – Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council; Jack Baric, Filmmaker/Board Member Croatian-American Club; Augie Bezmalinovich, Past-President Dalmatian-American Club; Mario Bijelic, Former Vice-President Croatian-American & Dalmatian-American Clubs; John Bobich, Dean of Students/Coach, Boys Basketball San Pedro High School; Robert Bobich, Advance Planning Advisor Green Hills Memorial Park; Yvonne Bogdanovich, Independent Philanthropist; Joseph Brajevich, General Counsel Municipal Utility; Elli Bumbak, Community Advocate; Nikola Bumbak, Board Member Dalmatian-American Club; Natalie Caloper Sutlovich, Cosmetologist (Ret.); Nikica Ciketic, Community Advocate San Pedro; Bozo Deranja, Businessman; Hon. Jerry Duhovic, Former Mayor/CouncilmanCity of Rancho Palos Verdes; Hon. Gerald N. Felando, Former Assemblyman California State Legislature; Dr. Mirko Giaconi, President Croatian National Association; Niko Hazdovac, Owner Adriatic Travel; Frane Jerkovic, President Croatian-American Club; Mario Juravic, Community Advocate; Annette Kaloper Ciketic, Executive Director of fINdings Art Center; Miro Koletic, Board Member National Federation of Croatian Americans; Frank Kostrencich, ILWU Crane Operator/Loan Officer, C2 Financial; Vladimir Lonza, Past-President Croatian-American Club; Emily Manestar, President, Women’s Auxiliary Dalmatian-American Club; Josip Mardesic, Past-President Croatian-American Club; LaRae Mardesic-Bechmann, Realtor Coldwell Banker; Nicholas Mardesich, Secretary Dalmatian-American Club; Denise Marovich-Sampson, Retired SPHS Teacher/ Past-President Women’s Auxiliary Dalmatian-American Club; Don Matulich, 2nd Vice-President Dalmatian-American Club; Hon. Anthony Misetich, Former Mayor & Councilman/Former SP Honorary Mayor/ Past-President City of Rancho Palos Verdes/Dalmatian-Amer. Club; Kathy Moretti Fordiani, Creighton Property Manager; Robert Nizich, Attorney-at-Law; Eve Pericich, Director Zhena Folk Chorus; Branko Prebanda, Senior Principal Perkowitz+Ruth Architects; Nada Pristinac-Matulich, President Croatian World Congress; John Resich, Attorney-at-Law, Former 1st Vice-President Dalmatian-American Club; Andrea Rukavina Hegybeli, Community Advocate; Jure Sestich, Board Member Croatian-American Club; Mike Sestich, Coach, Boys Basketball Mary Star High School; Mike Sestich, Real Estate Consultant; Mary Jean Sorich, Owner of Sunshine Market; Gojko Spralja, Former San Pedro Honorary Mayor/Past-President & Board Member Dalmatian-American Club; Natalie Sutlovich, President Velike Gospe Society, Mary Star Parish; Danielle Svorinich, President, Legacy Youth Club Dalmatian-American Club; Deann Svorinich, First Lady Dalmatian-American Club; Hon. Rudy Svorinich, Jr. Former LA City Councilman & President Dalmatian-American Club; John Vidovich, Retired Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Los Angeles City Fire Department; Kathy Vidovich Carcamo, Former San Pedro Honorary Mayor/Past-President Women’s Auxiliary Dalmatian-American Club; Richard Vladovic, Former President Los Angeles Board of Education; Sime Zanki, Past-President Croatian-American Club; Rosemary Zuvela Franklin, President of fINdings Art Center; John Zuvic, ILWU Member