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.

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...
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Thirsty? Costs for Water May Continue to Rise

Joaquin Esquivel, a State Water Board Member, came over to the Chamber the other day to chat with us about the Low-Income Water Rate...

Water Commission Re-Opens Applications for Water Storage Projects

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CalChamber Takes Support Positions on Two Proposed Water Bond Initiatives

The California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently voted to support two proposed initiatives dealing with water. THE STATE WATER SUPPLY INFRASTRUCTURE, WATER STORAGE...

CalChamber-Supported WaterFix Gains Critical State Approval

The California Chamber of Commerce-supported California WaterFix project has achieved the next crucial milestone on the road to securing the state’s future water supplies. The...

CalChamber-Supported California WaterFix Moves Forward

Biological Opinions Are Vital Step in Permitting Process With this week’s release of biological opinions (BiOps) from federal agencies responsible for protecting species listed under...

CalChamber Opposition Helps Stop Two Job Killers in Policy Committees

Opposition from the California Chamber of Commerce and the business community helped to stop two job killer bills in their policy committees this week. ...
CAJobKillers

Job Killer Update: New Bill Mandates California-Only Beverage Labeling

The California Chamber of Commerce has identified a new job killer bill that mandates state-only labeling requirements for sugar-sweetened drinks. SB 300 (Monning; D-Carmel) establishes...

President Signs Landmark Water Legislation

On Friday, President Barack Obama signed landmark federal water legislation supported by the California Chamber of Commerce. The CalChamber had urged the President to...

CalChamber Urges President to Sign Landmark Water Legislation

On Friday, the U.S. Senate voted 78-21 to pass CalChamber-supported federal water legislation, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN) that will...
Job Creators

Governor Signs Two Job Creator Bills

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed two California Chamber of Commerce-supported job creator bills yesterday. SB 936(Hertzberg; D-Van Nuys) encourages creation of small business by...

CalChamber Backs Efforts to Diversify California Water Supply Sources

Two approaches to boosting the water available to California recently earned the support of the California Chamber of Commerce. In keeping with CalChamber policy of...
Job Creators

Two Job Creator Bills Head to Governor’s Desk

Two California Chamber of Commerce-supported job creator bills are on their way to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s desk. AB 2664 (Irwin; D-Thousand Oaks)...

List of Shame Bill for Commercial Water Users Held on Senate Floor

The Senate has refused to pass a California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill that would have inappropriately made industrial, institutional, and commercial water use public information. AB 1520...