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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
Governor signs two Berman bills that target greater gun safety
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed bills, authored by Assembly member Marc Berman, that empower the state DOJ to conduct firearm inspection and that require sellers to provide information about the risks of gun ownership.
[Monday, October 2, 2023]

Driver hits two parked cars, flips vehicle on Emerson
Emergency vehicles swarmed a downtown Palo Alto block on Tuesday afternoon after a driver sideswiped two parked cars and flipped his vehicle on Emerson Street.
[Wednesday, September 27, 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]

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

Nanci Kauffman resigns as head of Castilleja School
On Thursday, Nanci Kauffman resigned as head of Castilleja School, concluding a 13-year term that was in many ways defined by the school's contentious plan to redevelop its Bryant Street campus.
[Friday, September 8, 2023]

With visitors on the rise, Palo Alto eyes safety improvements at Foothills Nature Preserve
With Foothills Nature Preserve seeing a surge of visitors, Palo Alto is preparing to install new pathways, parking areas and traffic-calming measures with the aim of making roads of safer and protecting sensitive habitats.
[Wednesday, August 23, 2023]

Palo Alto police arrest Berkeley carjacking suspects at Stanford Shopping Center
Tipped off by a newly installed license-plate-recognition system, Palo Alto police on Tuesday arrested a group of men at Stanford Shopping Center who they say were involved in an armed carjacking in Berkeley.
[Thursday, August 17, 2023]

Update: No foul play suspected in death of man found on Waverly Street in downtown Palo Alto
Palo Alto police investigating the death of a man whose body was found on a Waverley Street block on Wednesday morning said they do not suspect foul play was involved.
[Wednesday, August 16, 2023]

A shelter divided
As the Palo Alto City Council prepares to ink a new and more costly long-term contract with the nonprofit Pets In Need to run the city's animal shelter, former and current staff are coming forward to warn of the agency's dysfunction.
[Friday, August 11, 2023]