Listen up San Marino Mayor Dennis Kneier. There are a few things Californians expect out of their mayors: Wear a tie, show up at city events, be friendly with the townsfolk, and don’t chuck bags of excrement on thy neighbor’s lawn.
The mayor of San Marino, California, said he was walking home on Saturday night from a park when he and his wife spotted a canine owner’s misdeed – someone had bagged their dog’s poop but left it on the sidewalk. So Mayor Kneier, being the swell guy that he is, carried the bag of dung for awhile, then decided to toss it.
Oh, and the neighbor’s house that he chose to fling it on? It belongs to Philip Lao, who lives near the mayor and is also, coincidentally, opposing a dog park in the wealthy Los Angeles suburb.
The Los Angeles Times, which carried a surveillance video photo of the mayor throwing the poo, said Lao discovered the stinky bag outside his home Saturday evening, and checked the video feed from his security cameras. Sure enough, he spotted the culprit – Dennis Kneier – tossing the bag.
“We have not been able to sleep at night for a while because of this,” Lao said.
The LA Times picks up the story:
A woman, who was later identified as Kneier’s wife, Liz, was walking a few steps ahead of him and appears to say something to him, then points toward Lao’s walkway moments before he tosses the bag.
Lao called police about the incident and officers took a report, indicating the bag “appeared to have been intentionally placed in the walkway entrance,” the San Marino Police Department said in a statement.
Lao claims the mayor has not been “happy” with him since he placed a “No poop zone” sign outside his home and has been vocal about his opposition to a proposed dog park at Lacy Park.
Mayor Kneier told reporters: “I personally don’t like the sign, but I can’t tell him to take it down,” he said. No, but he can lob excrement at it.
The two reportedly have not spoken since the incident, but the mayor did send his neighbor a formal letter of apology, writing that he and his wife “noticed a bag of dog waste in your west parkway near the lamp post,” and “rather than leave it or dispose of it properly, I placed it on your side walkway. This was a mistake, for which I apologize. It won’t happen again.”
Kneier said he didn’t even think about where he flung it, which appears to now be an obvious lie. “I didn’t think about it,” he said. “It was not premeditated. Nobody put a gun to my head and said put it down there.”
Lao isn’t letting it go. He said he will not accept Kneier’s apology and says the mayor lied. “He is compounding the situation by lying about how this occurred,” Lao said. He plans to air his grievances at tonight’s regular City Council meeting.