New Exec Director of Human Relations Commission

Nutter today recommended Rue Landau -- an longtime attorney for Community Legal Services and former co-chair of the Liberty City Democratic Club -- for the job of executive director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.

"I believe that Rue will revitalize the commission and further expand its programs," Nutter said.

The commission, established in 1951, enforces civil rights laws and manages conflict in the city. Nutter said he would also soon announce a number of new commissioners.

The commission recently made headlines for a showdown with South Philly cheesesteak shop Geno's. In 2006, the commission chairman filed a discrimination complaint against the eatery for displaying a sign that read "This is America: When ordering please speak English." But in March a split three-member commission panel ruled that the sign was not discriminatory.

Landau yesterday said that case was closed. "It's in the past," she said. "We've got a new mayor. It's a new day."

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