NORTH HOLLYWOOD : Panel Asked to Aid Hate-Crime Inquiry

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday asked the county Human Relations Commission to join in the investigation of why anti-Semitic graffiti was scrawled on walls at a North Hollywood high school this month.

Acting on a request by Supervisor Mike Antonovich, the board asked the commission to offer its assistance in the investigation of the hate crime, which occurred March 6 at Valley Torah High School.

Supervisors also asked the commission to develop educational programs for schools and the community to help prevent future incidents. The Human Relations Commission will release a report Thursday that documents "a substantial increase in hate crime" in the county during the past year, a spokesman said.

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