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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
Efforts to curb airplane noise leave Palo Alto leaders fuming
As the San Francisco International Airport explores new flights procedures for reducing airplane noise over Bay Area communities, Palo Alto is voicing frustrations that its concerns continue to fall under the radar.
[Friday, July 1, 2022]

State budget boosts Palo Alto's effort to replace fire station, rebuild Newell Road Bridge
Palo Alto's effort to rebuild and modernize the Mitchell Park Fire Station received a big boost in the state budget after Assembly member Marc Berman secured $5.2 million for the project.
[Thursday, June 30, 2022]

​​Housing plan stretches Palo Alto's height limit
For decades, developers looking to build in Palo Alto faced a formidable restriction: a 50-foot height ceiling that limited most new buildings to four stories. The city's proposed plan for adding housing will test this limit.
[Wednesday, June 29, 2022]

The Palo Alto City Council demanded details on revised police policies. Here's what the agency had to say.
Responding to a recent audit, the department has revised numerous policies pertaining to internal investigations and canine deployments.
[Wednesday, June 29, 2022]

Audit finds flaws in Palo Alto's management of nonprofits
Palo Alto is preparing to tighten its policies around contracts with nonprofits after an audit found that the city's existing agreements suffer from a lack of clear expectations and insufficient monitoring.
[Tuesday, June 28, 2022]

Sweeping deal aims to transform former Fry's Electronics site
Palo Alto and The Sobrato Organization have reached a deal that would pave the way for new townhomes, a park, affordable housing and retention of research space at 340 Portage Ave.
[Wednesday, June 22, 2022]

Palo Alto council backs design revisions to proposed LifeMoves shelter
Despite uncertainty over funding, Palo Alto is continuing to refine its plan to build a transitional-housing complex that will provide 88 homes and support services for unhoused families and individuals.
[Tuesday, June 21, 2022]

Palo Alto passes emergency law to restrict firearms shops
Responding to a recent surge in gun sales around Santa Clara County, Palo Alto on Tuesday adopted an emergency law that would make it more difficult for firearms dealers to set up shop.
[Wednesday, June 22, 2022]

Bill to remove police radio encryption faces pushback
Sen. Josh Becker's bill that would restore media access to police radio communications got past the Assembly Public Safety Committee. Supporters warned that the bill's fate is far from certain.
[Tuesday, June 21, 2022]

With help from new housing laws, SummerHill wins approval for townhome project
Despite getting panned during Palo Alto's architectural review process, SummerHill Homes got the green light for a 48-townhome project, which showcases the growing influence of state housing laws.
[Tuesday, June 21, 2022]