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Gennady Sheyner

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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
Schwazenegger vetoes rail 'accoutability measures'
With a stroke of his veto pen, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday killed a budget provision that would have forced the California High-Speed Rail Authority to improve its business plan and strengthen its outreach efforts.
[Wednesday, October 13, 2010]

Critics slam high-speed rail business plan
Peninsula critics of California's proposed high-speed rail system released a new report Monday night challenging the economics behind the controversial, voter-approved project and accusing the agency charged with building the rail system of deceiving the public.
[Tuesday, October 12, 2010]

Palo Alto residents not sold on local rail station
High-speed rail officials seeking to gauge Palo Alto's interest in a local rail station received an unambiguous message from the community Thursday when not a single resident voiced support for the idea. The station also received a cool reception in Mountain View last month, with a majority of the City Council saying they wouldn't support building it because of its impacts on the downtown.
[Monday, October 11, 2010]

Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton sue rail authority
Palo Alto, Atherton and Menlo Park launched a fresh lawsuit Thursday against the California High-Speed Rail Authority, claiming the state agency violated state laws when it approved a comprehensive study evaluating the Bay Area-to-Central Valley segment of the 800-mile high-speed rail system. ==B Related stories:== ■ [ Rail authority to discuss Palo Alto station Thursday]
[Tuesday, October 5, 2010]

HSR officials wrestle with 'conflict' finding
Two members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority board of directors could be serving on the board in violation of a state law governing conflicts of interest, according to a letter from the state Legislative Counsel Bureau.
[Wednesday, September 29, 2010]

Caltrain wants high-speed rail to start locally
Caltrain has joined a growing swell of Peninsula critics of California's proposed high-speed-rail system. But Caltrain isn't opposing the system; it wants it to start first on the Peninsula -- and to resurrect below-grade alternatives it believes are "achievable and constructible."
[Tuesday, September 14, 2010]

Rail authority's new report draws criticism
The agency charged with building California's high-speed rail system adopted a crucial environmental document for the rail line Thursday morning, despite calls from Peninsula critics that the new document is deeply flawed and could lead to litigation.
[Friday, September 3, 2010]

Palo Alto may try to kill high-speed-rail plan
Palo Alto may soon take a formal "no confidence" stance against California's proposed high-speed-rail line and begin lobbying state legislators to kill the voter-approved project. A council committee is to consider the matter Thursday morning and the rail plan is agendized for the full City Council's Sept. 13 meeting.
[Tuesday, August 31, 2010]

Rail CEO: Peninsula design not 'predetermined'
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has sent out a letter to Peninsula communities seeking to quash fears that the plans for the proposed high-speed rail line have already been determined.
[Monday, August 30, 2010]

Judge won't reopen high-speed-rail challenge
A last-ditch effort by Menlo Park, Atherton and a coalition of nonprofit groups to reopen its lawsuit against the California High-Speed Rail Authority remains alive for at least a few more days after a Sacramento Court judge agreed Friday to delay his final ruling on the coalition's latest legal challenge.
[Tuesday, August 24, 2010]