Development/Gentrification

Google says “No comment” to 5,000 Venice Employees

By Greta Cobar

When recently asked about the rumor that they plan to buy the building currently housing Gold’s Gym and increase the number of employees to 5000, Google’s response was “no comment.”

The Binocular building they currently occupy reportedly houses 450 employees, and they already own an additional 70,000 square feet of real estate in undisclosed Venice locations.

Thomas Williams, senior director of engineering at Google, stated at the September Venice Neighborhood Council meeting that he intends “to keep it under 1200 googlers.” However, recent communication with public relations people representing Google failed to sustain promises previously made.

What percent of their workforce is comprised of people who were living in Venice before working here for Google? Better yet, what percent of their workforce is women?

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