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Apr 8, 2014 7:10 PM

Leal's Passion, Priorities, Missed on City Council

CORPUS CHRISTI - City councilman Mark Scott and councilwoman Priscilla Leal have sat elbow-to-elbow on the council for the past three years.

But they don't always see eye-to-eye.

The two have often clashed on big issues. But Scott tells KRIS-6 News that Leal is missed.

"I miss her nature," Scott says. "We didn't always see eye to eye if you watched the council meetings but she was - is - always passionate. And i think we do miss that on the council."

And while there is a lot of respect and well-wishes for a recovery and hopefully, a return, it is not all sentimental.

Without her, the council has eight voting members. That's enough for a quorum but also an even number that can split down the middle.

Scott says they've probably taken 300 votes in Leal's absence and while only a few have ended with a split council.

But one issue stands out:.

"The plastic bag ban was one of them," Scott says. "There was the inability to get the five out of the eight of us."

That was in January.

On February, the city council split again on a resolution that would've gotten the ball rolling on bringing three affordable housing apartments on the Northside.

Officials say had Leal been there those complexes probably would've received city support.

But her stroke has placed her on a long recovery

Councilman Chad Magill says he and Leal serve similar districts. So he's doing what he can to keep some initiatives in her district, such as road improvements, from falling through the cracks.

"We have a lot of infrastructure challenges. We have some of the older infrastructure in the area but we also have some of the earliest built neighborhoods ."

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