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Gennady Sheyner

Staff Writer, Palo Alto Weekly /

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About Gennady
Gennady Sheyner has been covering Palo Alto since 2008. His beats include City Hall, with a special focus on housing, utilities and transportation. He also covers regional politics for the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online and its sister publications. He has won awards for his coverage of elections, land use, business, technology and breaking news.

A native of Ukraine, Gennady grew up in San Francisco and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in English and from Columbia University with a master’s degree in journalism. Prior to joining Embarcadero Media, he spent three years covering breaking news and local politics for The Waterbury Republican-American, a daily newspaper in Connecticut. He is a massive fan of English football, marathons and churros.
Stories by Gennady
Eichler-style fire station approved near Mitchell Park
Palo Alto passed a critical milestone Thursday, Sept. 21, in its plan to replace the aged and undersized fire station near Mitchell Park when the city's Architectural Review Board approved the design for the Eichler-style project.
[Friday, September 22, 2023]

New studies aim to speed up Palo Alto's redesign of rail crossings
Eager to take advantage of recently acquired federal and state grants, Palo Alto is preparing to speed up its tortuous, decade-long effort to choose preferred alternatives for redesigning three rail crossings.
[Thursday, September 21, 2023]

After 2 students are struck by cars, parents call for more traffic safety
Palo Alto parents are calling for more traffic-safety measures after two children were hit by cars in separate collisions, including a crash on East Meadow Drive that left a middle-school student in critical condition.
[Tuesday, September 19, 2023]

Palo Alto to pay a gas premium to ward off sharp spikes in winter bills
Palo Alto's gas customers will be protected from sharp bill spikes this winter thanks to a new strategy that the city adopted on Sept. 18. The assurance will, however, come at a price: a 4% to 6% rate hike on residential bills.
[Tuesday, September 19, 2023]

City hopes to lure growth — and grants — to San Antonio Road
In designating San Antonio Road as a "priority development area," the Palo Alto City Council is hoping to attract grants and gradually transform the industrial area into a residential one.
[Tuesday, September 19, 2023]

Palo Alto looks to extend 'safe parking' on Geng Road
Nearly three years after opening a public parking lot on Geng Road to unhoused individuals, Palo Alto is preparing to extend its partnership with Santa Clara County to keep the city’s largest "safe parking" program near the Baylands.
[Monday, September 18, 2023]

Becker bill seeks to end 'cruel' price markups at prison stores
Seeking to curb what he calls cruel and egregious markups at California prisons, state Sen. Josh Becker is spearheading a law that would cap prices on items sold at canteen stores.
[Monday, September 18, 2023]

Palo Alto Police Department loses phone service due to AT&T outage
A widespread outage in the AT&T network knocked out all the phone lines at the Palo Alto Police Department on Friday afternoon, Sept. 15. Service was restored at about 5:20 p.m.
[Friday, September 15, 2023]

Palo Alto police to add surveillance to prime shopping areas
Boosted by a state grant, the Palo Alto Police Department is preparing to add more patrol officers to Stanford Shopping Center and other central shopping areas and to deploy GPS technology that tracks suspect vehicles if they flee.
[Friday, September 15, 2023]

City urged to think bigger as it rezones San Antonio Road for housing
As Palo Alto prepares to transform an industrial area around San Antonio Road into the city's next residential hub, housing advocates and developers are calling for the city to think bigger when it comes to zone changes.
[Friday, September 15, 2023]