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Snap Inc. investigated for parking violations in Venice

Residents say employees are illegally parking in resident-only spaces
June 06, 2017 12:00PM

909-913 Ocean Front Walk, Evan Spiegel (Google Maps/Getty Images)

Tensions between Snap Inc. and Venice residents have reached fever pitch. This time, the fight is over parking spots.

Locals say Snap Inc. employees are snapping up all the elusive spots traditionally reserved for residents, including those at the site of the former Venice Freakshow. They even complained to the enforcement division of the Coastal Commission, which has has opened an investigation.

The Coastal Commission issued a permit for the Freakshow building at 909-913 Ocean Front Walk in 1981 mandating 41 underground parking spaces be provided for residents of the North Venice area, L.A. Weekly reported. However, locals allege Lincoln Property Company, which manages the garage, have turned away residents because Snapchat employees are renting all the spaces.

The parking spaces at Thornton Lofts, at the corner of Ocean Front Walk and Thornton Avenue, have also been taken up by Snap employees’ cars, residents said.

The parking battle is just the latest in the war betweens Snap and the locals, who blame the tech firm for changing the beachside bohemian community into a corporate campus. [LAW]Subrina Hudson