Calif. Mayor Resigns Over Bag of Dog Poop

Dennis Kneier was caught on video

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 18, 2014 4:23 AM CDT

(Newser) – A California mayor has really stepped in it. Dennis Kneier, mayor of San Marino, tossed a bag of dog poop into his neighbor's driveway—and, unfortunately for him, the moment was caught on video. He's resigning immediately over the incident, CBS 2 reports. "As is well known, early in the evening of Saturday, June 7, I had a lapse of judgment and discarded dog waste on a neighbor’s walkway," Kneier wrote in his resignation letter. "It was insensitive, disrespectful and wrong. I have apologized to my neighbor for my action, and I will pay a fine for littering."

According to the neighbor, Phillip Lao, the two men haven't seen eye to eye on Kneier's policy moves, leading to running disagreements. Lao earlier suggested Kneier should "resign in shame" over the incident and said he'd file harassment charges against Kneier and San Marino. During a City Hall meeting last week, others agreed that Kneier should resign from his post, which, KTLA notes, is mostly ceremonial. "What in the world were you thinking?" asked one. Vice mayor Eugene Sun will take over as temporary mayor, and Kneier will continue as a city councilman.

In this June 7, 2014 image from from a security video provided by Philip Lao, Dennis Kneier tosses a bag of dog waste onto the property of his neighbor, Philip Lao, in San Marino.
In this June 7, 2014 image from from a security video provided by Philip Lao, Dennis Kneier tosses a bag of dog waste onto the property of his neighbor, Philip Lao, in San Marino.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Philip[ Lao)
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