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Council Member Merl Abel

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This is Mayor Pro Merl Abel's third term on Council.

Assignment Dates: 

Date Elected: November 2014
Term Expires: December 2022

Town Committee Assignments

  • Community Livability Survey
  • Library Building Project
  • Maintained Road System

Regional Committee Assignments

  • Mojave Air Quality Management District
  • Morongo Basin Transit Authority
  • San Bernardino County Transporation Authority (Alt)
  • STCTA Mountain/Desert Policy Committee (Alt)

Education and Employment

  • M.A. Cal State University - Dominguez Hills
  • B.A. Cal State University - Long Beach
  • Morongo Unified School District, Educator
  • Inspire Real Estate - Realtor

Community Involvement

  • Past member of Planning Commission, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Commission, and Traffic Commission
  • Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Morongo Basin Historical Society
  • Basin-Wide Foundation


  • Married to Dori
  • Two children and four grandchildren
  • Resident for over 30 years
  • Enjoy sports, running, traveling and family events