Louis R. Calcagno has lived since birth in Moss Landing,
CA. He is a self-employed dairyman and farmer in North Monterey County
following a ninety-year tradition of his family. He attended local
schools in Monterey County and majored in Dairy Husbandry and
Manufacturing at Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo. He is married and the father
of two children.
He was a State and National dairy leader, whose past service includes;
Chairman of the California Milk Advisory Board, Chairman of the National
Dairy Promotion and Research Board and Chairman of the California
Co-Operative Creamery, which had over 450 members.
As an appointee of Governor Pete Wilson, he served on the California
Coastal Commission and became the Chairman. He was an eighteen-year
member of the Monterey County Planning Commission and a three-term
member of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. Lou was first
elected to the seat of the Supervisor of Monterey County’s 3rd District
in 1999. After re-districting occurred, he was twice elected to the seat
of the Supervisor of the 2nd District. In 2009, Supervisor Calcagno
began his third term as Chair of the Board.
He was also a Charter member of the Monterey County Agricultural & Land
Conservancy as well as the Elkhorn Slough Estuary and Sanctuary
Foundation. The Foundation awarded him its highest honor, the Heritage
Award for his long-standing efforts to protect and conserve the Slough
and its environs. Recently, the Santa Cruz Farm Bureau named him as the
recipient of the 2009 Al Smith Friend of Agriculture award; the Friends
of Pajaro Valley Boy Scouts named him “Scouter of the Year,” and he
received a commendation from the Monterey County Fire Chiefs’
Association for his outstanding support of fire protection.