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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
Bill to remove police radio encryption faces pushback
A bill authored by state Sen. Josh Becker that would restore media access to police radio communications got past the Assembly Public Safety on Tuesday. Even supporters, however, warned that the bill's fate remains far from certain.
[Wednesday, June 22, 2022]

Redefining downtowns: Cities bank on 1970s planning tool to bring in new housing
Many cities on the Peninsula and around the Bay Area that are relying on precise plans to transform their downtowns. Those who have successfully implemented such plans agree that the key to making them work is a lot of effort upfront.
[Friday, June 17, 2022]

Kumar tops field of challengers for Eshoo's seat
Democrat Rishi Kumar is poised for a November rematch with Rep. Anna Eshoo, with Tuesday's election results showing him ahead of six other candidates vying for her congressional seat.
[Tuesday, June 7, 2022]

Sheriff's plan to shutter Palo Alto Courthouse gets pushback
Citing staffing shortages, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith plans to shut down the Palo Alto and Morgan Hill courthouses later this month.
[Friday, June 3, 2022]

New life eyed for the historic Nut House building
A proposal to partially demolish and rehabilitate a building that once housed Antonio's Nut House and, before that, a Safeway supermarket, is moving ahead with broad support from Palo Alto's Historic Resources Board.
[Wednesday, June 1, 2022]

Ukrainian president shares thoughts on 'cruel war,' value of freedom in Stanford address
​​In his address to Stanford University students on Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recalled the story of a Ukrainian boy who fled Mariupol, a city on the Sea of Azov that was devastated by the invading Russian army.
[Saturday, May 28, 2022]

Senate approves Becker's bill to limit police radio encryption
A bill from State Sen. Josh Becker that would require California law enforcement agencies to find alternatives to radio encryption cleared the state Senate on Thursday.
[Thursday, May 26, 2022]

Senate bill to limit police encryption scores another victory
State Sen. Josh Becker's proposal to require police departments to find alternatives to radio encryption took another major step forward Thursday when the Senate Appropriation Committee voted to advance the bill.
[Friday, May 20, 2022]

Eshoo faces rivals from left, right and center in bid to retain Congress seat
Seven candidates vying to replace Rep. Anna Eshoo in a newly redrawn Silicon Valley congressional district know they face an uphill climb against the political veteran. On Tuesday, the challengers made their cases.
[Wednesday, May 4, 2022]

As Palo Alto debates rail crossings, Mountain View lines up for federal funds
When the Metropolitan Transportation Commission board of directors met last month to approve a list of rail projects to endorse for federal grants under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Palo Alto was conspicuously left out.
[Thursday, April 28, 2022]