There are many ways to measure the health of a community. One important one is the level of hate crimes, and by that standard Los Angeles County is healthier than it has been in 15 years. According to officials, the number of hate crimes reported has been dropping steadily since a 25-year high in 2001 and is at its lowest level since 1989. That fits with the true picture of L.A. as a place with tremendous diversity and tolerance, where people of all races, ethnicities, faiths and lifestyles live mostly in peace. Still, this good news comes amid disturbing trends, such as an increase in girls perpetrating hate crimes and rising racial tensions in the city’s high schools. We can – and must – do a better job of encouraging this growing tolerance to spread. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!