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Pete Conaty honored by Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) & Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) on the floor of the California State Senate

June 21, 2016 – Pete Conaty honored by Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) & Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) on the floor of the California State Senate, Sacramento, CA

 

On June 21, 2016, Pete Conaty was honored by the California State Senate with a resolution commending him on his induction into the OCS Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, GA as well as for his work on behalf of California’s veterans community.  Presenting the resolution on behalf of the California State Senate was Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and Senate Minority Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield).

On April 25th, 2016, Pete was inducted into the Officer Candidate School (OCS) Hall of Fame at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA. A graduate of the Infantry OCS in January, 1966, Lt. Colonel Conaty was recognized for his 21-year career in the United States Army and for his tireless dedication and service advocating on behalf of California’s veterans and active duty military at the state capitol.  “It is truly a great honor to be inducted into the Hall along with such distinguished OCS graduates like Captain Florent Groberg, a recent recipient of the Medal of Honor who was also inducted into the Hall,” said Conaty.

Pete with the 2016 Inductee display, located in OCS room at the National Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning, GA.

Pete with the 2016 Inductee display, located in OCS room at the National Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning, GA.

 Pete inducted during the ceremony for OCS Hall of Fame at National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, GA.

Pete inducted during the ceremony for OCS Hall of Fame at National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, GA.

Pete Conaty and Rich BurkeRich Burke, with the USS Frank E. Evans DD-754 Association, presents veterans advocate Pete Conaty with an honorary membership stemming from his tireless work to add the names of the twenty-one California sailors who drowned when the USS Frank E. Evans collided with the HMAS Melbourne off the coast of Vietnam in 1969 to the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento.

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Governor Brown signed the 2015-16 Budget on June 24.  The permanent $5,600,000 Local Assistance funding level for CVSO’s was approved. 

It took 3 years to make the $5.6 million funding level permanent.  Our success is due to the hard work of many organizations and participants.  Twenty six CVSO’s were able to get their Boards of Supervisors to send letters of support to the Legislature in support of AB 171 (and similar bills in the last three years), which was part of the double pronged strategy to push this funding increase through.  In conjunction with AB 171, we lobbied to have the funding increased directly through the budget process.  Both efforts complimented each other and AB 171 built popular support which enhanced the budget process efforts.  In the end, we were able to have the funding inserted into the Legislature’s version of the budget, which the Governor approved.

 

We could not have done this without the following:

CACVSO.  The Association and its leadership were instrumental in providing the technical expertise to the Legislature.  A large part of getting this funding was proving that we needed it, would use it properly, and actually help veterans.  This meant that performance metrics and anecdotal evidence had to be gathered, analyzed, and presented to the Legislature’s budget gurus at all stages of the process.  CACVSO President Chris Bingham and key Association leaders traveled frequently to  Sacramento to cultivate support for our cause.  CACVSO fiscal analyst Jack Kirwan was indispensible in translating this data into a coherent format for the Legislature’s and Governor’s budget staffs.

Veterans Service Organizations.  The VSO’s provided the grass roots, public support for the funding increase efforts.  This is an extremely important point.  The major Veterans Service Organizations who are active at the Capitol; namely the American Legion, AMVETS, California State Commanders Veterans Council, Military Officers Association of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Vietnam Veterans of America; represent well over a million Californian veterans and their dependents.  Members of these organizations came to the Capitol numerous times to testify in support of our efforts.  AB 171 was lobbied heavily during all of their Capitol Lobby Days.  Thousands of veterans from these groups called, faxed, mailed, or e-mailed the Legislature and Governor at every stage of the process for the last 3 years on this subject.  Widespread grassroots support is mandatory for budgetary allocations such as ours.  Please be sure to thank your Veterans Service Organizations in your counties.

The CVSO funding is in the Main State Budget Bill, AB 93, the Budget Act of 2015.  It reads as follows:

 

“8955-101-0001—For local assistance, Department of Veterans Affairs, for contribution to counties toward compensation and expenses of county veterans ser-vices offices, to be expended in accordance with Section 972 and following of the Military and Veterans Code…..$5,600,000”

 

This can be found on pdf page 667 of the Chaptered bill.

 

Earns Honorary Membership for Commitment to Quality Water Treatment

Lisle, Illinois USA — The Water Quality Association presented Pete Conaty, Pete Conaty and Associates, Sacramento, California, an Honorary Membership at its annual convention and trade show in Indianapolis, Indiana this month.

WQA has more than 2,500 members consisting of individuals and companies in the water treatment industry. Awards were presented at WQA Aquatech USA, an annual event that attracts thousands of participants from around the world.

The Award of Merit is given for “an individual outside the industry whose research, education, or exemplary service is meritorious.”

In presenting the award, WQA stated:

“A Vietnam War veteran and former military intelligence officer, Pete has been fighting for our industry in California for years. He is our official voice before the state’s government. His knowledge and reputation for integrity are legend in the state’s capital. Pete’s efforts have defended water treatment again and again. Now, he’s working tirelessly to promote all of our industry– helping legislators and special interests understand our value and strength.”

The Water Quality Association is a not-for-profit international trade organization representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. Its membership consists of both manufacturers/suppliers as well as dealers/distributors of equipment and services. WQA is a resource and information source, a voice for the industry, an educator of professionals, a laboratory for product testing, and a communicator to the public.

PDF on wqa.org

Pete Conaty CA Veterans Advocate

Pete Conaty spoke on behalf of California veterans alongside Assemblymember Blumenfield at the budget subcommittee oversight hearing to improve veterans services in the state of California.

Governmental advocate Pete Conaty of Pete Conaty and Associates announced that he has received two awards for his advocacy on water issues for 2011.

The Pacific Water Quality Association (PWQA) presented him with the Sidney C. Solomon Award for 2011 at its annual Fall Conference this fall. The Sidney Solomon Award, established in 1970, is given for outstanding service in the area of governmental affairs.

The Pacific Water Quality Association (PWQA) is a non-profit organization representing the water quality improvement industry. The goal of the PWQA is to provide all consumers equal access to quality water options for home, business and commercial water treatment applications.

The California Groundwater Association

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(CGA) recognized Pete for his efforts by presenting him with the CGA 2011 Advocacy Award. The CGA bestows this award in recognition of his outstanding efforts to promote effective legislation for the public and the groundwater industry.

The CGA is a non-profit organization that has promoted protection of groundwater since 1948. Their members include water well drilling and pump contractors, suppliers and manufacturers, geologists, engineers, hydrologists, government employees and others working in the groundwater field. The CGA represents groundwater professionals working with water well owners throughout California.

Mr. Conaty is a governmental advocate in Sacramento whose firm, Pete Conaty and Associates, represents the interests of numerous clients before the State Legislature, state agencies, boards, and commissions.

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By Pete Conaty, published in Capitol Weekly.

Amid the seemingly endless disagreements in Sacramento, everyone agrees on three things: Californians are struggling with a historic recession, the state faces a huge deficit, and it needs every penny it can find to balance its budget. So, why on earth would the state turn its back on the County Veterans Services Officers (CVSO’s) program, a little known but highly successful program that pumps hundreds of millions of dollars into our economy each year, helps generate tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue and saves the state millions more in health and social service spending?

California has 2.1 million veterans, more than any other state in the nation, yet Texas and Florida with fewer veterans bring in more federal veterans benefit dollars than California. In fact California is ranked 33rd in the nation in percentage of veterans receiving veteran’s benefits.

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