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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
New deal for animal services gains momentum
Seeking to mend their relationship after two years of acrimony, Palo Alto and Pets In Need took a step toward a new deal that would keep the nonprofit in charge of the city's animal shelter for another five years.
[Tuesday, March 28, 2023]

Palo Alto parklet program takes another turn
Despite opposition from several downtown property owners and disagreement in its own ranks, the Palo Alto City Council agreed on Monday to adopt new rules -- including a size limit and licensing fees -- on parklets.
[Tuesday, March 28, 2023]

State demands Palo Alto revise its housing plan
Palo Alto will have to revise its plan to add more than 6,000 housing units after the Department Housing and Community Development ruled Thursday, March 23, that the city's proposed Housing Element fails to meet state law.
[Friday, March 24, 2023]

Palo Alto nears new deal with Pets In Need
After two years of tension, Palo Alto and Pets In Need are trying to mend their ties with a contract that will raise compensation while scaling back the city's commitments to improve its animal shelter.
[Friday, March 24, 2023]

In 'State of the City,' Mayor Lydia Kou assails state housing mandates
Palo Alto Mayor Lydia Kou took a swing on Wednesday at state housing mandates during her "State of the City" address and warned that recent laws could render the council helpless to prevent an onrush of large developments.
[Wednesday, March 22, 2023]

New rules to phase out gas appliances stoke excitement, anxiety on the Peninsula
With the Bay Area adopting sweeping new rules to phase out gas-fueled appliances, city and county officials in Menlo Park, Palo Alto and the region are debating the risks and benefits of going fully electric.
[Wednesday, March 22, 2023]

For Palo Alto gas customers, relief is finally in sight
After a jarring spike in gas bills, Palo Alto customers could see some relief in the months ahead as the city prepares to roll out a rebate program and begin distributing money as part of a court settlement.
[Wednesday, March 22, 2023]

Condominium development proposed in Ventura neighborhood
A parking lot in the Ventura neighborhood may soon be transformed into a condominium community with 16 townhomes through an application now under the city's review.
[Tuesday, March 21, 2023]

City to refund developer $900K in parking fees, court orders
Palo Alto will have to refund more than $900,000 to a downtown developer after a state appeals court ruled Monday that the city had illegally imposed parking fees without having a real plan to spend this money on parking.
[Tuesday, March 21, 2023]

Palo Alto set to receive $24M over utilities litigation
Palo Alto is expecting to receive about $24 million from the federal government following litigation between a consortium of northern California utilities and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
[Monday, March 20, 2023]