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.

Job Killer Bill on Assembly Floor

A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer bill that erodes housing affordability is on the Assembly Floor. SB 1150 (Leno; D-San Francisco) has been identified...

Job Killer Update: Bill Eroding Housing Affordability Stopped

A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer that would have eroded housing affordability is likely dead for the year following the recent legislative deadline for policy...

Three Housing and Land Use Bills Await Action by Legislators

California legislators can either hurt or help housing availability and affordability depending on how they vote on the following three bills. Affordable Housing Barriers The California...

CalChamber-Opposed Bill Limits Coastal Commission’s Access to Important Information

A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill that bans business from communicating with members of the Coastal Commission on issues before the Commission passed the...

Governor Continues Water Savings Directive

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday issued an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water restrictions to establish longer-term water conservation measures,...

Housing Job Killer Bill to Be Heard in Senate Committee

A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer bill that will erode housing availability will be heard in a Senate committee today. SB 1150 (Leno; D-San...

Job Creator Bill Encourages Small Business Loan Access

The Senate Appropriations Committee will soon consider a California Chamber of Commerce job creator bill that encourages creation of small businesses by expanding their...

Assembly Policy Committee to Hear Bill Promoting Desalination

A California Chamber of Commerce-supported bill that sets a state goal to promote desalination will be heard in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife...

CalChamber Backs Renewed Effort on Federal Water Bill

Plan Improves Ability to Capture/Store Water U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced an updated proposal to provide long-term and short-term solutions to the state’s historic...

CalChamber Steers Helpful Bills into Law, Stops Costly Mandates, Secures Changes

The 2015 legislative year was very active in the labor and employment policy arena. Overall, the California Chamber of Commerce was very successful with...

Water: CalChamber Backs 2 Good Proposals Sent to Governor, Stops 3 Misguided Bills

As the drought continued to scorch California, regulatory actions such as mandatory conservation measures took center stage, lessening the number of water bills introduced...

​Soda Warning Bill Fails in Senate Committee​​​​​

Legislation to require warnings on certain sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California fell short of votes needed to pass the Senate Health Committee this week. The...

Legislative Analyst Report Notes Drought Has Limited Statewide Economic Impact

The state Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) this week said the drought will have a limited statewide economic impact. “While the drought is affecting many Californians...

California-Only Food Labels Pending; Higher Grocery Costs Likely​

Food costs are likely to increase if two California Chamber of Commerce-opposed proposals to mandate California-only labeling for certain foods become law. SB 1381 (Evans;...

Emergency Water Package Passes Legislature

A $1 billion emergency relief drought package passed the Legislature this week and was expected to be signed by the Governor. California has entered the...

CalChamber Joins Water Security Coalition

The California Chamber of Commerce is one of the initial partners in a new coalition that is working to promote the Governor’s proposed fix...