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Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 10:00 pm

County supervisors approved a large Muslim mosque planned for Morada after a nearly three-hour hearing on Tuesday afternoon.

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to deny an appeal by the Morada Area Association, a homeowners group of about 600 residents. Supervisor Ken Vogel, whose district includes Morada, cast the lone dissenting vote, saying he was concerned about the increasing level of traffic on the east frontage road and nearby Morada Lane.

At the beginning of the public hearing, Vogel acknowledged that he is a member of the Morada Area Association, just like he joined local chambers of commerce, library groups and other community associations when he was elected supervisor in 2006. But Vogel said he did not attend any Morada Area Association meetings when the mosque was discussed.

The county Planning Commission approved a use permit for the Madina Center of North Stockton in December. The Morada Area Association appealed the Planning Commission's decision five days later.

"It's too large a building to build on a two-acre site," said Ken Melayco, attorney for the Morada group and a Morada resident himself.

The Morada mosque is designed to replace a rented prayer hall near Hammer and West lanes. There are also mosques on Lodi's Eastside and in south Stockton. An Islamic center is also proposed on Lower Sacramento Road, south of Harney Lane.

In its appeal of the Morada project, the Morada Area Association cited traffic, water, septic tank, quality of life, growth, air quality, aesthetics and other issues. Moradans told the board that the project should be rejected because the Planning Commission's approval didn't include requirements about fire safety and didn't prohibit a kitchen and the storage of dead bodies on the property.

Madina Mosque of North Stockton at a glance

Location: 8606 N. Highway 99 (east frontage road), 150 feet north of Shippee Lane, Morada
Owner: Masjid Umar Farooq
Applicant: Amin Mahmood
Acres: 2
Square feet: 13,820
Uses: Prayer hall, classroom, multipurpose hall, office
Source: San Joaquin County

Quotes

"My concern is it's such a large building on such a small parcel."
- Sharon Stewart, Morada Area Association board member

"Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? No."
- Sadia Saisuddin, Lincoln High School junior and Muslim leader

"I have heard there will be a storage of dead bodies."
- Attorney Ken Melayco, Morada Area Association

"There will not be a morgue. There will not be any dead bodies."
- Mosque attorney Howard Seligman

Both sides questioned the validity of each other's experts and what is actually planned for the mosque.

Mosque attorney Howard Seligman denied Melayco's allegations that a kitchen or morgue are planned, or that the mosque will host special events attracting 800 people. He invited the Board of Supervisors to prohibit those uses as conditions of approval.

In his motion, Supervisor Steve Bestolarides included a provision prohibiting a kitchen at the mosque, which he said would curtail the number of people using the mosque at any one time.

Kerry Sullivan, the county's community development director, said that including a morgue would constitute a use that would require a special permit from the county. The morgue issue wasn't before the board Tuesday, Sullivan added.

Sullivan said that the county fire marshal and other inspectors will check the plans to make sure they comply with county codes when mosque officials apply for a building permit. It could turn out that the structure will be smaller than the current plans indicate, if county staff requires it, Sullivan and Seligman said.

Stockton structural engineer Amin Mahmood, the mosque applicant, told the board that the mosque will improve security, decrease crime and add diversity to Morada.

The Morada site is an ideal location for the mosque, Mahmood said, because Muslims pray in rows directly facing Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which is 19 degrees northeast of Stockton (using the polar route).

Four Shippee Lane residents who live near the mosque site submitted letters supporting the mosque, saying they will feel safer with the mosque there. Two of them spoke at Tuesday's meeting.

Melayco said after the vote that the Morada Area Association will meet to decide whether to take any legal action against the county.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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16 comments:

  • William Dawes posted at 9:00 pm on Thu, Jul 14, 2011.

    William Dawes Posts: 113

    She was referencing the article from the URL, which you ignored. Now the article is not there, apparently. Sorry but you can yell all you want, Islam is not a democratic religion, it is a male dominated religion, always has been. When Islam becomes "democratic" it is no longer Islam. When people go into your prayer room, will they see the males in the Front and the women in the back? Yes, they will. Just that visual alone, shows the inequality of Islam.

    And yes Christians DO protest against those who blow up abortion clinics.

    Muslims may live in Morada, but it is not a MUSLIM neighborhood. See now YOU sound like a radical Muslim who believes that once a Muslim is around, the whole area is Muslim controlled. Just like Muslims trying to take back Southern Spain because they controlled it once, a long time ago, they still think it is theirs. So they go there illegally, and cause riots.

    Rememeber Mohammed was cast out of his family clan, and his hometown, for his radical beliefs. Then he came back with his army and peaceably killed caravan drivers, and relatives who would not "SUBMIT" to Mohammed.

    Before you whine about racism, The Morada Assoc was blocking the building of a Christian church at the same time they were blocking the mosque. Get over it! America is no longer politically correct. And Islam is NOT a democratic religion!

     
  • posted at 8:29 am on Tue, Apr 28, 2009.

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    Giovanina wrote " Why put a mosque in a non-Muslim neighborhood? This is ridiculous."MUSLIMS DO LIVE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOODGiovanina wrote "These supervisors need to be recalled."THESE SUERVISORS REPRESENT THE PEOPLE - ALL THE PEOPLE AND THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS WHICH INCLUDE FREEDOM OF RELIGIONGiovanina wrote "Why promote a so called religion that feels this is OK. And the majority DO feel this is OK"YEAH, IT IS OK AND IT IS NOT A 'SO CALLED' RELIGION. IT IS THE MOST RRACTICED RELIGION IN THE WORLD. THEY MAY CALL GOD ALLAH, BUT LATINOS CALL GOD DIOS DON'T THEY? BOTH ARE NAMES FOR GOD. JUST DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.IGNORANT PEOPLE ALWAYS ASSUME MUSLIM IS SYNONYMOUS WITH TERRORISTS. WHAT ABOUT THE CHRISTIANS THAT BOMB ABORTION CLINICS? - THEY ARE CERTAINLY TERRORISTS, BUT NOT ALL CHRISTIANS ARE SEGREGATED FROM BUILDING THEIR CHURCHES IN NEIGHBORHOODS. TALK ABOUT RIDICULOUS!

     
  • posted at 5:23 pm on Wed, Apr 15, 2009.

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    The Muslims could have sued and won easily had they been denied. All they needed for argument would be a copy of the Constitution, and the First Amendment highlighted. Freedom of religion applies to every citizen. Only building codes would be able to stop this.

     
  • posted at 1:58 pm on Wed, Apr 15, 2009.

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    I will never pretend to speak for anyone else! That said.... "I am proud to be called an "Infidel"!

     
  • posted at 11:19 am on Wed, Apr 15, 2009.

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    T & C:While I understand your perspective someone can also find very similar quotes in the Bible and Torah. I am left to personall experiences. Growing up my brother had a friend who was islamic (going to a private Catholic school of all things) who's family was very pro-America and deplored the militant aspects of their faith. In my immediate neighborhood there are several middle-eastern families who are friendly (wave and say hi as we go by). But with any sub-culture there are going to be extremists, we can't judge the whole by the actions of the few. If the mosque holds anti-american rallies or otherwise gives me reason to distrust their intentions then I will withdraw my support of them. Until then, though, I will welcome them.

     
  • posted at 10:50 am on Wed, Apr 15, 2009.

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    Are these the same people that let Morada Market fail? I think that the Board of Supervisors need to wake up with putting these types of churches in rural areas. Listen to the sounds of the church out by Eight mile and Pearson rd. It will drive you nuts.

     
  • posted at 7:14 am on Wed, Apr 15, 2009.

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    go on youtube and search Muslim Animal sacrifices.....would they be alowed in Morada?....some of them get pretty bloody....PETA!!!!! open up an office in MORADA...lol

     
  • posted at 4:41 am on Wed, Apr 15, 2009.

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    I still haven't heard whether they will be allowed to use those loudspeakers for call to prayer 5 times a day. I loved hearing it in Turkey and Egypt but I sure wouldn't buy a house anywhere within earshot of it!

     
  • posted at 4:04 am on Wed, Apr 15, 2009.

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    Good day to ya CaPatriot:You hit the nail on the head! No peace loving muslims ever are seen chalenging the violence of the terrorists muslims!Of course, to be fair, one never sees HUGE rallies by Legal immigrants, objecting to millions of illigals to be granted total Amnesty, whereas, the legal immigrant fought year after year to earn their citizenship! Our country has changed in so many ways and in so few "Good Ways"! My prayer is that we do not suffer another 9-11 much more devastating then the first 9-11! On Obama's watch, he will say wejust don't have enough FACTS (Proof) to know who "Hit us" ... so we will just endure the attack!

     
  • posted at 3:29 am on Wed, Apr 15, 2009.

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    I do not always agree with T & C, but I can't agree with him more today! America needs to wake up from this deep sleep, get its head out of their policially correct butt, and see where we are heading. If the "peaceful" Muslims would openly denounce the violent extremists, I would feel better, but we don't hear a peep out of them- afraid of retaliation from the peaceful brithers?

     
  • posted at 3:17 am on Wed, Apr 15, 2009.

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    Giovanina, don't worry.If you build it, "they" will come.

     
  • posted at 3:06 am on Wed, Apr 15, 2009.

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    I love my Country and have the right to my opinion. I feel that Islam is a danger to America, and I only have to look back to 9-11 to feel that way! I respect everyone's right to believe or not believe what they wish about any religion!We will always be "Disbeliever's or Non-Believer's to the world of Islam and it has nothing to do with being "Racist".Bukhari (8:387) - Allah's Apostle said, "I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.'Bukhari (52:220) - Allah's Apostle said... 'I have been made victorious with terror'.I will not be attending this Mosque.

     
  • posted at 3:01 am on Wed, Apr 15, 2009.

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    I didn't spend hours reading the the Qur'an, I did find some passages that caused me to "Ponder and reflect":Sura (3:151) - "Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority".Sura (9:123) - "O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness."Sura (66:9) - "O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be stern with them. Hell will be their home, a hapless journey's end."Regarding the "Hadith, I read a few passages as well:Tabari 9:69 "Killing Unbelievers is a small matter to us"Muslim (20:4645) - "...He (the Messenger of Allah) did that and said: There is another act which elevates the position of a man in Paradise to a grade one hundred (higher), and the elevation between one grade and the other is equal to the height of the heaven from the earth. He (Abu Sa'id) said: What is that act? He replied: Jihad in the way of Allah! Jihad in the way of Allah!"Continued....

     
  • posted at 2:52 am on Wed, Apr 15, 2009.

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    Did you ever think that we CHOSE not to be diverse by living there????

     
  • posted at 2:38 am on Wed, Apr 15, 2009.

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    I knew the fear of a lawsuit would result in the approval of this Mosque!Will there be no end?

     
  • posted at 1:47 am on Wed, Apr 15, 2009.

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    Why put a mosque in a non-Muslim neighborhood? This is ridiculous.These supervisors need to be recalled.Why promote a so called religion that feels this is OK. And the majority DO feel this is OKhttp://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090415/ap_on_re_as/as_afghanistan

     

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