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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
Bills to boost clean-energy shift signed into law
​​California will work to bring all greenhouse-gas emissions from state agencies down to zero by 2035 under legislation that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed last Friday morning.
[Friday, September 23, 2022]

New housing bills target parking rules, commercial sites
California cities would be required to abolish parking mandates in transit-rich areas and allow housing developments at sites zoned for office and retail use under bills that state legislators passed last week.
[Sunday, September 4, 2022]

State bill on police radio encryption dies in committee
A proposal to require California law enforcement agencies to find alternatives to full encryption of radio communications fizzled Thursday when the state Assembly Appropriations Committee declined to advance the bill.
[Friday, August 12, 2022]

Cost dispute casts shadow in debate over police radio encryption bill
The fate of a bill that would require police departments to remove encryption from their radio communications was uncertain Wednesday after the Assembly Appropriations Committee deferred a decision on SB 1000.
[Sunday, August 7, 2022]

State Senate approves bill to limit police radio encryption
A bill from State Sen. Josh Becker that would require California law enforcement agencies to find alternatives to radio encryption cleared the state Senate on Thursday.
[Sunday, May 29, 2022]

State bill would restore public access to police radio communications
Police departments throughout California would be required to make their radio communications accessible to the press and the public under new legislation proposed by State Sen. Josh Becker.
[Sunday, March 20, 2022]

As Russian invasion continues, local Ukrainians find allies in their communities
Sohan Pannu also felt a personal connection to the horrors unfolding half a world away. A sophomore at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, Pannu has been volunteering at ENGin, a nonprofit that pairs American and Ukrainian youths...
[Thursday, March 3, 2022]

Bay Area legislators back sanctions on Russia after Ukraine invasion
With the Russian Federation launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Rep. Eric Swalwell on Thursday denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin and backed the package of sanctions the U.S. and its allies announced against Russia.
[Thursday, February 24, 2022]

California pulls the plug on gas-powered leaf blowers under new law
Nearly three decades after Peninsula cities began enacting bans on gas-powered leaf blowers, the effort has found a foothold at the state level, with the governor signing a bill that will phase out their sales.
[Saturday, October 16, 2021]

Newsom signs bill to strip badges from police officers who commit misconduct
In a major victory for advocates of police reform, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed on Thursday a bill that will allow the state to decertify officers who engage in serious misconduct.
[Thursday, September 30, 2021]