October 25, 2020 #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

Venice Getting Indonesian Restaurant: Westside Food Scene

October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

Westside Food Scene October 22, 2020 By Kerry Slater New Indonesian Restaurant Opening in Venice A restauranteur has opened an...

‘Recall Newsom’ Head Hanging From Venice Ballerina Clown

October 21, 2020

October 21, 2020

Cardboard cutout of Gov. Newsom’s head hanging from iconic Venice art installation By Sam Catanzaro A cardboard cutout painting of...

L.A. County COVID-19 Cases Partly Driven Teenagers

October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020

68 percent of new cases among people between ages of 12 and 50 By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles County health...

Free Flu Shots at Palms Middle School for Students and Family

October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020

Los Angeles Unified and Health Net offering free vaccinations for seasonal flu to students and families By Chad Winthrop Los...

Mark Twain Middle School Community Raising Money to Restore Mural

October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

Colorful mosaic mural in front of school in need of repair By Sam Catanzaro Mark Twain Middle School community members...

Intravenous Vitamin Therapy: A Natural, Effective Solution for the Flu

October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

By Dr. Mahboubeh Hashemi, ND and Dr. Matthew Cavaiola, ND  As fall and winter are fast approaching, many people, and...

Three-Story Apartment Building Planned Near Venice Canals

October 18, 2020

October 18, 2020

1940s triplex could be replaced by co-living facility By Toi Creel Plans are in the works to demolish a 1940s...

Edify TV: Deal to House Homeless People Near Freeways

October 18, 2020

October 18, 2020

After months of negotiations, the City and County of LA reached a $300 million deal to house thousands of homeless...

LADOT Resumes Parking Enforcement

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Parking Enforcement and Traffic Control (PETC) has resumed parking enforcement. Find out what...

Armed Suspect Attempting to Rob Several Local Victims

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

LAPD issue alert regarding series of Westside robberies Los Angeles Police Department detectives have recognized a pattern of robberies on...

Italian Restaurant Opens in Venice’s Former Chaya Space

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

Italian restaurant Forma expands into Venice By Kerry Slater A popular Santa Monica Italian restaurant has moved into space formerly...

Edify TV: Penmar Golf Homeless Encampment Update

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

The City of Los Angeles has taken new action in an effort to deal with a homeless encampment along Penmar...

Michelin Pauses 2020 California Guide

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

Restaurant guide says COVID-19 and wildfires forced decision By Kerry Slater The Michelin Guide has paused the announcement of stars...

Venice Under Heat Advisory

October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

Heat advisory in effect until 5 p.m. Friday By Sam Catanzaro The National Weather Service (NWS) has declared a heat...