Man in Dog Poop Controversy "Gratified" Over Mayor's Resignation - NBC Southern California

Man in Dog Poop Controversy "Gratified" Over Mayor's Resignation

Mayor in affluent Southern California neighborhood tossed dog poop on neighbor's yard



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    The man at the center of a dog poop controversy that prompted the resignation of a mayor of a wealthy Southern California city said on Wednesday he was gratified and hoped the decision helps the city move forward.

    San Marino Mayor Dennis Kneier resigned in the wake of an embarrassing episode on June 7 in which he admitted to discarding a bag of dog feces on the property of political opponent and neighbor, Philip Lao.

    Lao and his wife issued a statement on Wednesday, saying "the incident that happened during the past two weeks catapulted us into the limelight.

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    The mayor of San Marino announced his resignation Tuesday after a cloud of controversy surrounded him following surveillance video that showed the public official flinging a bag of dog excrement onto his neighbor's lawn. Gadi Schwartz reports for NBC4 News from San Marino at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
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    "We did not seek it, it fell upon us," the statement said. "We would have preferred our quiet and peaceful lives in the community. However, when we became the target of intimidation, we felt we had to defend ourselves and speak up."

    They said neither of them have political ambitions and hope the incident serves as a reminder of the importance of speaking up, without fear of intimidation or harassment.

    Kneier said his actions were inconsiderate and disrespectful and he's stepping down because the event continues to be embarrassing to him and to the city.

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    Surveillance video showing San Marino mayor Dennis Kneier tossing dog feces onto a neighbor's yard may have at first seemed amusing to some, but now the so-called "Poopgate" incident could cost Kneier his job. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014.
    (Published Thursday, June 12, 2014)

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