Rather than pick his battles, Pat Meyering will fight them all—even if it means taking a woman to court over her toy poodle. From the dais, the Sunnyvale councilman has railed against his elected colleagues, driven away city staff and opposed virtually every single issue that’s come up for a vote. A citizen-led recall effort fell short of enough signatures to oust him. A formal censure from the city and workshops convened to deal with his combative behavior have been laughably impotent. So it remains to be seen whether losing a recent lawsuit will get him to lay off his next-door neighbors. Last month, Meyering sued Maria Martinez in small claims court, demanding $10,000 in damages because her dog yaps too much. In court, he said the poodle’s barking sounds like “sheet metal being ripped apart.” In court, Meyering accused Martinez of being part of a political conspiracy to take him down. While Martinez's advocate Nancy Tivol happened to volunteer in his recall effort, she said that had nothing to do with the small claims case. Meyering, an attorney by trade who plans to run for re-election in 2016, came to court with a noise meter and a “diary” of all the times he claimed the dog’s prolonged high-pitched barking and howling prevented him from making a phone call anywhere in his three-bedroom home. A judge dismissed the case with prejudice. This wasn’t the first time he’s taken a neighbor to court, though. Meyering has also sued his former employer, the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District. A year and a day after being sworn in to the Sunnyvale council in 2011, he sued the city in a trip and fall lawsuit that eventually got dismissed. He has also sued a former client and a printing company hired during his council campaign. Critics have compared him to Heath Ledger’s Joker in the Dark Knight for wanting to watch the world burn. Peter Cirigliano, who unsuccessfully lobbied for Meyering’s ouster last year, now likens him to Donald Trump: all bluster and bellow, and fighting for the sake of fighting.