Valerie Nera

Valerie Nera
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Valerie Nera specializes in advocacy on agriculture, water, resources, crime, and banking and finance issues for the CalChamber. She joined the CalChamber staff in 1978 as a legislative assistant on agricultural issues. She also has lobbied air, environmental and privacy issues for the CalChamber. She earned a B.A. with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. See full bio.

Federal CARES Act Provides Small Business Relief

Last week, Congress passed and President Donald J. Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Relief Act (CARES Act), which among other...

Voluntary Water Agreements Get Nudge Forward from Administration

Ongoing discussions on improving conditions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, central to water access and supply considerations in California, inched ahead this month. The focus...

State Begins Year with Good Sierra Snowpack

The first manual snow survey of the year on January 2 showed a a healthy snowpack of 33.5 inches, according to the California Department...

Water Wars Continue – Capitol Insider

Another lawsuit in the water arena is not news. Anything to do with water is complicated, controversial, and likely to take years to resolve...

CalChamber, Coalition in Support of Plan to Fix Aging Water Delivery Infrastructure

A broad coalition that includes the California Chamber of Commerce, and labor, business, environmental, community and water leaders announced the formation of Californians for...
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The Blob: Wet or Dry Year in 2020?

The Blob is back in the Pacific Ocean. The Blob is a massive pool of water that is warmer than normal in the Pacific...
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Public Banks – Yes or No?

  A bill establishing a process for local agencies to create a public bank continues to move through the Legislature.  Several amendments have been taken to...
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State Water Board Faces First Legal Test Over Wetlands Definition

On April 2nd the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) issued its final regulations defining the term “wetlands” for California, even though the federal...

Sweetened Beverage Bill Tabled, Workers’ Comp Bill Falls Short

Two more job killer bills failed to advance this week in the face of strong concern about their negative impacts. • The author of AB 138...

Senate Health Committee Moves Beverage Warning Bill

The Senate Health Committee yesterday moved a California Chamber of Commerce-opposed mandating a state-only labeling requirement for sugar-sweetened drinks. CalChamber is opposed to SB 347...

Landowner Safe Harbor for Endangered Species Act Passes Committees

Assembly and Senate policy committees this week gave approval to California Chamber of Commerce-supported bills extending landowner protections in connection with the state endangered...

Defining Wetlands: It’s a Process – Capitol Insider

It was clear toward the end of the March 5 workshop on the proposed controversial wetlands regulations that the State Water Resources Control Board...

New Biological Assessment Released

In an effort to modernize operations of the federal Central Valley Project (CVP), the United States Bureau of Reclamation just released a new biological...

More Water in Sierra Snowpack This Year

More water is available in the Sierra snowpack this year than last due to the January storms, according to the state Department of Water...

California Water Board Backs Plan to Increase River Flows

A state board on Wednesday approved a contentious proposal to boost water flows through a Central California river, a move that would increase habitat...
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Colorado River in Crisis

It’s another dry year on the Colorado River. The two-decade long drought on the river significantly lowered reservoir levels. Lake Powell is about 48...

State Water Board Delays Action on River Flows Again

In an unexpected turn of events, after receiving a letter from Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, the State Water Resources...
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Federal Legislation Eases California Water Shortages

California’s water future will get brighter with the passage of the bipartisan, comprehensive federal legislation, America’s Water Infrastructure Act 2018 (AWIA). The bill passed...
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Water Board Delays Action on Flows

It’s a small victory, but we’ll take it. The controversial proposal to require higher river flows for improving water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin...
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State Water Board Ignores Comments from Regulated Public

The final draft Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan update for the lower San Joaquin River and Southern Delta (Plan) from the State Water...