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Editorial: Expectations grow with federal funds

September 04, 2010

What started out as a coming together of community stakeholders to address a common problem in teen drug abuse morphed into a bona fide organization with $625,000 in federal backing this week — a major endorsement of the Crescenta Valley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition's mission.

The five-year grant from the Obama administration announced this week also does more than just provide deep pockets; it effectively advances the coalition's cause beyond whatever previously thought possible.

Suddenly, afterschool hang outs and programming seem puny in terms of what can now be accomplished with such a large amount of money. Surely, a prestigious federal grant award can be parlayed into more commitments from not just the local community, but elevate applications on the county and state level as well.

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The ball rolling down the snow hill should then also grow to include a sophisticated, comprehensive response to what the teen drug abuse issue afflicting the foothill areas. And so goes the saying: To whom much is given, much is expected.

Now is certainly the time to match the momentum of such a windfall with a serious — and exciting — conversation about the future role and direction of the coalition.

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