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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
Simitian's bill to limit cough-medicine sales to minors advances
Joe Simitian's bid to ban sales of certain cough medicine to minors easily sailed through the state Senate Tuesday afternoon. Senate Bill 514 specifically targets medicine with dextromethorphan (DXM), which produces intoxication and hallucinations when ingested in high quantities -- a practice known as "robotripping."
[Wednesday, June 1, 2011]

Former assemblyman Ira Ruskin diagnosed with malignant tumor
Former state Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, whose district included Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is halting his political career. Mr. Ruskin, 67, said he was advised by his doctors that the tumor, while not curable, is containable.
[Friday, May 27, 2011]

Caltrain rethinks relationship with high-speed rail
A recent decision to start California's high-speed-rail line in Central Valley has prompted Caltrain to reconsider its seven-year-old partnership with the agency overseeing the controversial rail project, Caltrain officials said at a Town Hall meeting in Palo Alto Tuesday morning.
[Wednesday, May 18, 2011]

Stanford Hospital expansion wins key vote
After four years of hearings, debates and negotiations, Stanford University Medical Center's proposal to dramatically expand its hospital facilities in Palo Alto is now rounding the final corner en route to the city's approval. [ ==B ● United Menlo Park council approves Stanford deal==].
[Thursday, May 12, 2011]

Report: Strip power from high-speed rail authority
California's proposed high-speed-rail system is facing potentially crippling threats from looming federal deadlines and weak oversight by the agency charged with building the project, the state Legislative Analyst's Office concluded in a new report.
[Tuesday, May 10, 2011]

Rail authority stumped by Peninsula's proposed 'blended' system
A proposal by three Peninsula lawmakers to blend California's proposed high-speed-rail system with Caltrain ran into opposition Thursday morning from the state agency charged with building the new rail line.
[Friday, May 6, 2011]

Lawmaker rips plan for 'blended' rail system
A Central Valley assemblywoman came out swinging on Friday against a proposal by three Peninsula lawmakers to 'blend' Caltrain with California's proposed high-speed rail, calling the proposal a "Great Train Robbery."
[Saturday, April 30, 2011]

Simitian aims to raise fines for distracted drivers
A proposal by state Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) to raise fines for drivers who text while behind the wheel cleared a legislative hurdle Monday when the state Senate voted to approve it.
[Tuesday, April 26, 2011]

Caltrain to keep all trains running -- for now
Caltrain will keep all of its 86 weekday trains running in the next fiscal year, though riders will have to shell out a little extra for tickets and parking, the agency's board of directors decided Thursday morning.
[Thursday, April 21, 2011]

New deal on Stanford hospital expansion
Palo Alto and the Stanford University Medical Center reached a breakthrough Wednesday on a financial agreement that could pave the way for Stanford's massive expansion of its hospital facilities.
[Thursday, April 21, 2011]