July 30, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Protesting a Ghost

First Friday’s on Abbot Kinney can be mayhem and a group of local activists called The Venice Dawgs plans to join the crowds at 4:00 pm today to protest Snap Inc’s presence in the neighborhood.

On a Facebook event page the group have written;

“Protest the expansion of Snapchat. They’ve now taken over the Microsoft Lounge at 901 Abbot Kinney Blvd AND the Victorian building at 920 S Abbot Kinney Blvd. They’ve increased vehicle traffic and foot traffic on Speedway and continue to act like they own our neighborhood. Snap keeps spreading rumors that they’re leaving when their actions say they’re expanding. The landlord at the Victorian building has applied for a change of use permit with the Coastal Commission so Snap can stay. Join us Friday October 6th from 4pm-8pm in a peaceful demonstration against this catastrophe. VENICE IS A COMMUNITY, NOT A CORPORATE CAMPUS!”

A Yo! Venice source from Snap Inc said the company has not expanded into a new building in Venice since January 2017. The company has been in the space at 920 S Abbot Kinney Blvd., since December last year and at 901 Abbot Kinney Blvd since 2015.

While the Venice Dawgs continue to protest Snap Inc’s expansion, the company continues to standby official statements that promise a reduced presence in Venice as they make moves into a consolidated headquarters in Santa Monica.

A Snap Inc. spokesperson told Yo! Venice, “Snapchat had just eight employees when we came to Venice. We love Venice and have been very fortunate to build a business here, but we have simply outgrown it. That’s why we have been working towards a new headquarters in Santa Monica for the last year and a half. We will begin visibly reducing our local real estate footprint over the next twelve months, as we continue the transition to our new campus.”

Related Posts

Uovo Pasta Opens in Marina Del Rey

July 29, 2021

July 29, 2021

Soft opening for popular restaurant at Pier 44 By Kerry Slater  Popular pasta restaurant Uovo is now open in Marina...

The Reese Davidson Project Faces New Appeal

July 29, 2021

July 29, 2021

Venice Vision has submitted a new appeal in opposition of The Reese Davidson Community affordable housing project set to break...

Opinion: Why the Recall of Mike Bonin Matters

July 29, 2021

July 29, 2021

By Nick Antonicello For the first time in a long time Mike Bonin seems to be actually responding to the...

Police Investigating Fatal Crash, Shooting in Venice

July 28, 2021

July 28, 2021

Details remain murky surrounding Tuesday morning incident  By Sam Catanzaro Police are investigating a fatal car crash and possible related...

Venice Community Housing Receives Honor From American Institute Of Architects: YO! Venice Show – July 27, 2021

July 27, 2021

July 27, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Venice Community Housing Receives Honor From American Institute Of Architects *...

Homeless Advocate Arrested Near Venice Bridge Home Shelter on Suspicion of Dealing Drugs (UPDATED)

July 26, 2021

July 26, 2021

65-year-old Garry Featherstone accused of selling meth, PCP By Sam Catanzaro A self-described homeless outreach advocate was recently arrested near...

Umami Burger Coming to Venice

July 22, 2021

July 22, 2021

Popular burger restaurant moving into former Komodo space on Main Street By Kerry Slater Umami Burger is coming to Venice...

63-Year-Old Man Killed in Westchester Tent Fire

July 22, 2021

July 22, 2021

LAFD investigating Wednesday night incident  By Sam Catanzaro A 63-year-old man died in a tent following a fire in Westchester...

Opinion: Why Silence the Sheriff? Bonin Bashing of Villanueva Backfires at the Wrong Moment!

July 21, 2021

July 21, 2021

By Nick Antonicello Don’t like the message? Please don’t shoot the messenger! For that seems to be the case when...

Bonin’s Encampment to Home Moves 131 Homeless Into Housing: YO! Venice Show – July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Bonin’s Encampment to Home Moves 131 Homeless Into Housing * LAFD...

Unidentified Skeletal Remains Found in Ballona Wetlands Amid Search for Missing Person

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

Authorities make discovery amid search for Kolby Story this past Friday  By Sam Catanzarto Unidentified skeletal remains were found Friday...

Beach Closures Lifted After Sunday Discharge of 17 Million Gallons of Raw Sewage From Hyperion Plant

July 15, 2021

July 15, 2021

17 million gallons of raw sewage discharged from Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant Sunday Night By Sam Catanzaro Beach closures have...

Petition for Recall of Councilmember Bonin Approved for Circulation

July 13, 2021

July 13, 2021

Signature gathering phase now set to begin after Tuesday approval by City Clerk  By Sam Catanzaro The Los Angeles City...