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May 12, 2000|Andrew Glazer, (949) 574-4275

Residents and business owners who believe East 17th Street should be friendlier to pedestrians--and not a six-lane highway as the city and county have planned--formed a grass-roots group after meeting with city traffic engineers this week.

The East 17th Street Merchants & Community Assn. will meet for the first time Monday.

The city has proposed widening 17th Street, but the City Council will not make a decision on the project until August.

But Peter Naghavi, the city's director of transportation services, said Costa Mesa must do something significant to improve traffic flow. And if the City Council chooses not approve a six-lane thoroughfare, it could lose up to $4 million in county grants for traffic improvements.

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