From the very early days of punk’s presence at the Cuckoo’s Nest, punks and the police came into conflict in and around the Cuckoo’s Nest. When the police determined that the Cuckoo’s Nest could not or would not pacify its punk audience, the police concocted a plan to regulate and ultimately eliminate the punk threat to the suburban peace, which was carried out by “The Costa Mesa Police Department Special Task Force” or the “Cuckoo’s Nest Special Enforcement.” This special task force was created as a direct response to grievances lodged by local business owners and also complaints made by parents whose children were subjected to delinquency proceedings as a result of arrests around the Cuckoo’s Nest. Continue reading “The police mobilize against the Cuckoo’s Nest’s punk audience”
“Undetermined and suspicious,” according to Fire Protection Analyst Tom MacDuff.
Despite their best efforts, the police could never pin this on the punks.
One of the best documents showing the local business owners’ enmity towards the Cuckoo’s Nest and punk.
This August 19, 1980 correspondence from the City Attorney to the Cuckoo’s Nest reflects the increasingly tough, aggressive posture the City assumed. Continue reading “Source Documents for Part II – August 19, 1980 Letter from the City Attorney”
Here is the March 30, 1980 petition by the local business owners. This petition was submitted to the City Attorney’s Office. Continue reading “Source Documents for Part II – March 31, 1980 Petition”