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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
Caltrain plans for 4-track segments complicate Palo Alto's effort to redesign rail crossings
California's high-speed rail system may be more than a decade away from completion, but the beleaguered project is casting a growing shadow over Palo Alto's plans to separate its streets from its rail tracks.
[Monday, November 27, 2023]

Convicted of murder in 2011, former Palo Alto hookah shop owner set for February retrial
Bulos Zumot, a former Palo Alto hookah shop owner who was convicted in 2011 of murdering his girlfriend and setting their shared Palo Alto cottage on fire, is heading for a new trial in February.
[Friday, November 17, 2023]

Amid internal tensions, religious leaders unite for Palo Alto peace vigil
The demonstration that took place in front of Palo Alto City Hall on Saturday night was as striking for what wasn't there as for what was. No signs. No speeches. No politics. For event organizers, that was the point.
[Monday, November 13, 2023]

Valley Water facility near Mountain View border will purify wastewater, use it to replenish groundwater
Days after Palo Alto officials broke ground on a housing complex for homeless residents, they got an application for a very different development at an adjacent site: a wastewater purification plant near the Mountain View border.
[Thursday, November 9, 2023]

Palo Alto's California Avenue to remain permanently car-free
Cars will not be returning to California Avenue any time in the foreseeable future. Despite concerns from some business owners, the City Council agreed that the city's "second downtown" should remain a bike and pedestrian promenade.
[Tuesday, November 7, 2023]

Palo Alto launches construction on transitional housing in the Baylands
Palo Alto's elected leaders joined state dignitaries and housing advocates to celebrate the construction of a housing project that is unlike any other in the city: an apartment complex focused on unhoused individuals.
[Wednesday, November 1, 2023]

After trial run, Palo Alto looks to expand church program for vehicle dwellers
When Palo Alto asked local churches to open their parking lots to people who live in their cars, city leaders saw it as a small solution to the giant problem of homelessness. Pleased with the results, they're now looking to expand it.
[Thursday, October 26, 2023]

Palo Alto, Mountain View back new JPA to advocate for Santa Clara County cities
Setting aside concerns from city staff, the Palo Alto City Council officially endorsed on Monday an effort to create a new Joint Powers Authority that would advocate on behalf of all Santa Clara County cities and towns.
[Wednesday, October 25, 2023]

In another blow to Palo Alto's California Avenue, Country Sun to shut down by end of the year
Country Sun, a supermarket that focuses on organic food and that for decades has been one of California Avenue's most visible and emblematic retailers, will shut down before Christmas, the company’s CEO told this publication.
[Tuesday, October 24, 2023]

After pandemic backslide, Stanford hospitals ordered to ramp up commute programs
Stanford's hospitals will avoid financial penalties despite failing to meet their legally binding transportation goals. They will, however, have to speed up efforts to get employees out of cars, Palo Alto officials agreed Monday.
[Tuesday, October 24, 2023]