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This was my first attempt to bring ideas for rebuilding New Orleans to the City Council (November 17, 2005). The ideas were unanimously affirmed by the City Council, and they also decided to adopt one of the recommendations ON-THE-SPOT by the City Council President (Oliver Thomas). They also agreed to seriously consider the other proposals. The City Council was so impressed by this initial presentation that they invited me to return a month later (Dec 15, 2005) to expand my presentation. Their enthusiasm disappeared when they (City Council, primarily through the influence of Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis) discovered that I was a Conservative Republican. All subsequent attempts to bring forth ideas were thwarted by the Liberal Democrat-led City Council (from Dec 2005 through my last attempt in Sep 2007). Today (as of Oct 2012), the Lower 9th Ward continues to languish.