​Dog poop incident spells end to LA-area mayor

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

SAN MARINO, Calif. -- The mayor of a Southern California city near Los Angeles has stepped down after he was captured on surveillance video tossing a bag of dog waste onto his neighbor's walkway earlier this month, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Dennis Kneier announced his immediate resignation Tuesday in a letter to the city and the City Council.

"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. "It was insensitive, disrespectful and wrong. I have apologized to my neighbor for my action, and I will pay a fine for littering. I can understand why this matter has some questioning my ability to lead the council. I want to assure you that something like this will not happen again."

Philip Lao, Kneier's neighbor, has said that the two men have been embroiled in a feud since 2008 because he disagrees with some of the mayor's proposals.

Vice Mayor Eugene Sun will assume mayoral responsibilities through June 27, when the council will select a new mayor and vice mayor.

Kneier will remain a councilman until his term ends in November 2015.

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