Dennis Kneier recall, San Marino, California (2014)

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An effort to recall City Councilman Dennis Kneier in San Marino, California from his position was launched on June 26, 2014.[1] Kneier resigned as mayor following the release of a video showing him throwing dog feces on the sidewalk of a neighbor. He kept his council seat, however, which let petitioners target him for recall.[1] The recall ended when petitioners did not gather enough signatures to move the recall forward.[2]

Recall proponent arguments

Petitioners alleged that Kneier "“implement[ed] policies contrary to the character and values of San Marino... [used] acts of intimidation and misrepresentation [to] achieve favored policies and programs...[exhibited] un-mayoral behavior during council meetings by insulting, ridiculing and deriding residents expressing their opinions during Public Comment...[and engaging in] retaliatory behavior against a resident expressing opposition."[1]

Recall opposition

Kneier responded in a 200-word official statement. He said in his defense, "As mayor, I only implemented policies as agreed by the majority of the [City] Council. No individual [City] Councilmember, including the mayor, can implement policies contrary to the majority."

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in California

A recall petition against Kneier was filed on June 26, 2014. Supporters needed to submit a proposal to the city attorney by July 13. The city attorney had until July 27 to verify the proposal. Proponents then had 90 days after verification to collect signatures from 25% of the registered voters in San Marino. San Marino had 8,573 registered voters, meaning petitioners needed to collect 2,143 valid signatures by October 27 to force a recall election.[1] Petitioners did not gather enough signatures by the deadline to move the recall forward.[2]

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