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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
Bay Area looks to cash in on high-speed-rail funds
Peninsula cities and transportation officials see California's proposed high-speed rail system as both a looming threat and a golden opportunity -- a project that could both burden the area with unwanted noise, new barriers and property seizures and provide it with the funds for long-coveted transportation improvement.
[Monday, March 12, 2012]

Arrillaga plan could give TheatreWorks a permanent home
In its roughly four decades on the Peninsula, TheatreWorks has piled up raving reviews and theater awards, but one prize has continuously eluded the theater company -- a permanent home. That, however, can soon change.
[Tuesday, March 6, 2012]

Simitian's proposed law seeks to boost medicine donations
Hospitals, psychiatric-care facilities and other health care centers would have greater leeway to donate unused medicine and medical supplies to residents who can't afford them under legislation proposed this week by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto.
[Sunday, February 26, 2012]

Palo Alto hopes to lure industry to MV border
After seeing a surge of housing in several south Palo Alto neighborhoods over the past decades, city officials are now poised to transform these areas near the Mountain View border into enclaves of industry and innovation.
[Tuesday, February 14, 2012]

Four-track design back on the table for high-speed rail
A new analysis by the California High-Speed Rail Authority calling for a four-track rail system between the Bay Area and Central Valley has set off a fresh wave of criticism from Palo Alto and surrounding cities, with many calling the latest document a betrayal of the rail authority's earlier promises.
[Friday, February 10, 2012]

Simitian takes lead in funds raised for supervisor race
Joe Simitian's quest to retake his former seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is benefiting from a strong lead in cash raised, newly released campaign-finance documents show.
[Wednesday, February 1, 2012]

Caltrain ponders tax increase to fund operations
A year after barely avoiding draconian service cuts, Caltrain officials have several reasons to feel optimistic even as they continue to scramble for new funding sources to keep the trains running.
[Thursday, January 26, 2012]

Rail authority slammed for lax contract oversight
The agency charged with building a high-speed rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles violated state law when it awarded contracts for information-technology services without going through the mandatory bidding process, according to a report released Tuesday by State Auditor Elaine Howle.
[Tuesday, January 24, 2012]

Rich Gordon to seek another term in state Assembly
Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, announced Thursday morning that he would seek a second term in Sacramento. Gordon represents the 21st District, which will include Mountain View and Sunnyvale this year, thanks to the recent redistricting.
[Friday, January 20, 2012]

Eshoo leads opposition to Stop Online Piracy Act
A pair of Capitol Hill proposals that target pirating of American content by foreign websites are drawing fierce opposition from major high-tech firms and making unlikely bedfellows out of legislators who oppose the bills. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, has emerged as of the act's leading opponents.
[Wednesday, January 18, 2012]