by Winston Chua
The San Marino City Council met Wednesday night in front of capacity crowd at San Marino City Hall where audience speakers would call for the Mayor’s resignation while others would lend their support to the city leader.
Mayor Kneier once again apologized and said he expressed “deep regret” over the poop that he threw on a neighbor’s lawn several days ago. He has since been issued a citation and may either pay a fine or settle the matter in court. Police and fire crew were on hand at the council chambers in case their presence was necessary.
Several speakers spoke in the mayor’s defense, but a good number of speakers used Wednesday’s opportunity to say they were “embarrassed” and “shamed” by the recent action, asking for the mayor to step down. Others used the meeting as a way of expressing criticism over what they feel have been failed mayoral projects: bike lanes, a dog park and the farmer’s market. Whatever the case may be, the poop scandal has empowered the mayor’s fiercest critics.
For the record, the mayor has given no indication that he will or will not resign.
Several in the audience agreed that the mayor’s action suggested a serious lapse in judgment, but that he should be reviewed for his total body of work in helping the community and not simply what happened this past Saturday. Speakers shared that the Kneiers have had the interests of the City at heart.
Philip Lao and his wife both strongly feel that Kneier’s excrement toss was deliberate. Certain audience members indicated that the mayor should be held to a higher standard. The mayor has said that what took place was not deliberate.
Neither Kneier nor Lau have dogs.
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