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April 14, 1993 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owner of the embattled Insomnia Cafe in Sherman Oaks on Tuesday blamed politics for the troubles his controversial coffeehouse is having with city zoning officials. Monday, a city Planning Department official ruled that the cafe at 13718 Ventura Blvd. is a nuisance and should close its doors by midnight Friday and Saturday and by 10 p.m. on other nights, or face having its permit to operate revoked altogether.
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March 10, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of losing sleep over complaints from his Sherman Oaks neighbors and restrictions from Los Angeles city officials, the owner of the bohemian Insomnia Cafe is calling it quits. The joint is up for sale. "I'm pretty beat up," said John Dunn, who opened the Ventura Boulevard coffeehouse in 1992 and was immediately swamped with complaints from neighbors over noisy, mostly young patrons. "After 3 1/2 years of fighting with neighbors and trying to run a small business, it's time to move on."
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May 26, 1994 | KAY HWANGBO
The owners of the Insomnia Cafe, a popular but controversy-dogged coffeehouse in Sherman Oaks, will not be opening a sister shop in Encino as planned. John Dunn, the cafe's owner, said that problems with his intended partners were responsible for the breakup of the deal. The decision was due to "partners who didn't come through with what they promised me," Dunn said this week.
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October 19, 1992
As a resident of the area of Sherman Oaks that is directly affected by the clientele of the Insomnia Cafe, I feel your article was unfair and ignorant of the Insomnia's neighbors' plight, blatantly supporting every action of the Insomnia Cafe and its owner. Every day I can feel the effect of this groupie hangout in one way or another. I know the owner claims that he provides a safe, no-alcohol environment. However, a number of teen-agers who frequent my back street often leave many beer bottles behind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1993
The owner of the embattled Insomnia Cafe in Sherman Oaks blames politics for the troubles his controversial coffee house is having with city zoning officials. Monday, a city Planning Department official ruled that the cafe, at 13718 Ventura Blvd., was a public nuisance and should close its doors by midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and by 10 p.m. on other nights or face having its permit to operate revoked.
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March 23, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
A Sherman Oaks coffee house--the target of neighborhood rancor--on Monday was given a three-day extension to come up with a better plan to provide more off-street parking for its patrons, or perhaps face criminal charges. "We were supposed to have full compliance by today's (Monday) meeting," said Jeff Miller, a city building and safety inspector. "Obviously that didn't happen." But John Dunn, owner of the Insomnia Cafe, adamantly insisted that a plan was presented.
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November 22, 1994 | KAY HWANGBO
A Van Nuys Municipal Court official on Monday granted a delay in the trial of the owners of a Sherman Oaks coffeehouse who were accused of disobeying a City Council order. Commissioner Rebecca Omens put off the trial of Third Life Inc., which operates the Insomnia Cafe; company president Michael Pulwer, and secretary John Dunn until Dec. 6, at the request of defense attorneys Robert Sheahen and Stanley Stone, according to Deputy City Atty. Don Cocek.
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November 3, 1993 | HUGO MARTIN
A Los Angeles city planning panel voted Tuesday to ease a set of restrictions imposed on a Sherman Oaks coffeehouse after neighbors complained about late-night noise and parking problems. But the decision by the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee to modify conditions imposed by city zoning officials did not appease John Dunn, co-owner of the Insomnia Cafe. After the committee's vote, he vowed to sue the city over the remaining conditions.
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February 26, 1994 | JULIE TAMAKI
The Los Angeles city attorney's office filed criminal charges Friday against the owner and operators of a Sherman Oaks cafe for ignoring a City Council order to cut back late-night hours. Third Life Inc., which operates the Insomnia Cafe, John Pulwer, the company's president, and coffeehouse manager John Dunn were charged with two counts of disobeying a City Council order.
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