Court supports Muslim real estate developer’s right to keep hikers off his land

Is it in America’s interest to have people named Mohammed here?

Asking for a friend.

Which Americans want people named Mohammed telling them what to do and where to hike? Perhaps people named Mohammed should be told to take a hike?

I am not sure we need anyone in America with a name like a 9/11 hijacker.

Mohamed Atta 33 Egypt American Airlines Flight 11
Abdulaziz al-Omari 22 Saudi Arabia
Wail al-Shehri 28 Saudi Arabia
Waleed al-Shehri 22 Saudi Arabia
Satam al-Suqami 25 Saudi Arabia
Marwan al-Shehhi 23 United Arab Emirates United Airlines Flight 175
Fayez Banihammad 24 United Arab Emirates
Mohand al-Shehri 22 Saudi Arabia
Hamza al-Ghamdi 20 Saudi Arabia
Ahmed al-Ghamdi 22 Saudi Arabia
Hani Hanjour 29 Saudi Arabia American Airlines Flight 77
Khalid al-Mihdhar 26 Saudi Arabia
Majed Moqed 24 Saudi Arabia
Nawaf al-Hazmi 25 Saudi Arabia
Salem al-Hazmi 20 Saudi Arabia
Ziad Jarrah 26 Lebanon United Airlines Flight 93
Ahmed al-Haznawi 20 Saudi Arabia
Ahmed al-Nami 24 Saudi Arabia
Saeed al-Ghamdi

Los Angeles Times: The fight continues.

An appellate court last week sided with a Los Angeles real estate developer who has been embroiled in a legal battle for years with a group of activists over their right to use a popular hiking trail that cuts across his property, which he is seeking to develop.

The court’s decision is “a relief,” said Mohamed Hadid, who has developed buildings all over the world, including more than a dozen Ritz-Carlton hotels. “This has been very costly for me, mentally and financially over the years,” he said. “Now I can continue the process of development.”

But the battle isn’t over for the group of passionate nature-lovers who filed the original lawsuit against Hadid four years ago. They plan to seek a rehearing. And if that doesn’t work, they will petition the California Supreme Court.

“Friends of the Hastain Trail” is a group of about seven activists, led by Ellen Scott, seeking to preserve the Hastain Trail in Franklin Canyon, situated between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills.

Since the group was founded in 2011, hundreds have pledged their support and contributed to the effort. Scott, age 58, has been hiking the trail since she was in her 20s and was shocked by the court’s recent ruling.

“When I got the e-mail, I was shaking,” said Scott. “It’s a beautiful trail, People have been hiking it for 50 years.”

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