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Kelly Misetich, 19, buses tables at the fish luncheon of the Dalmatian-American Club in San Pedro, where local movers and shakers gather twice a month to share home-style meals of soup, swordfish and mostaccioli.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Gojko Spralja, a prominent member of San Pedro's Yugoslav American community, bows his head in prayer before the start of the luncheon. Immigrants who formed the backbone of the local fishing industry began the tradition roughly 50 years ago.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Pat McOsker, left, Doane Liu and Rudy Svorinich share a laugh before the start of the meal. McOsker, a longtime Los Angeles firefighter, is running for the 15th District City Council seat against Svorinich, a former councilman who represented the area in the late 1990s.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Candidate Joe Buscaino, center, works the room before the start of the fish luncheon. The San Pedro native is one of 11 contenders for the seat vacated by Janice Hahn.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

City Council candidate Jayme Wilson, center, a San Pedro native and restaurant owner, shakes hands at the luncheon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Pleasure boats moor at the Wilmington Yacht Haven across the channel from a container ship unloading cargo at the Port of Los Angeles. The port is a vital part of Council District 15, which will hold a special election in November to fill the seat vacated by Janice Hahn, who now serves in Congress.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Cranes and the Vincent Thomas Bridge can be seen from Knoll Hill in San Pedro, which has long been the political center of the 15th District.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A man cycles past the Watts Towers. The Los Angeles City Council's 15th District stretches north from the habor in San Pedro to Watts.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

San Pedro is the most affluent community in the 15th District. In the upcoming election, San Pedro voters may have a hard time deciding between a line-up of hometown candidates, a neighborhood council member says.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Homes along E Street in Wilmington, part of the 15th District, are built in the shadow of the sprawling ConocoPhillips oil refinery.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Candidate Joe Buscaino has promised to build more parks in Wilmington.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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