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The new millennium has been a transformative time for newspaper publishing.

Changing reader habits and the advent of new technology have placed big demands on companies in the print news business.

The Acorn and its parent company, Times Media Group, understand that their biggest responsibility is not only the delivery of credible, relevant information in a timely fashion, but making sure residents have easy access to the publication when stories become available.

That’s why we’re super excited about the news being shared today.

Following a five-year stretch in which Acorn readers were given the option of purchasing online subscriptions to the paper, that so-called “paywall” is coming down.

“Mr. Publisher, tear down this wall,” the late President Ronald Reagan might have once said.

And so we did.

Starting immediately, all online content from our five Acorn publications will be available at no charge to the reader, meaning a paid subscription is no longer required to click and read articles. The weekly Acorn has always been delivered to your driveway at no cost—that more than 40-year tradition will continue—and from now on The Acorn on the internet will be free as well.

Why the change?

The Acorn is your community newspaper, and we want to make sure it stays that way. We believe it’s important that residents feel a connection to the stories we write and also learn about the businesses that advertise in their community. The absence of a paywall is the best way to ensure this free-flow of information remains.

We also invite readers to sign up for the new, easy-to-read Acorn newspaper e-edition delivered weekly to your e-mail. Viewed on mobile, desktop or laptop, the pages are super easy to navigate and, free, just like the print paper.

Local journalism is first gear in the engine that drives America’s free press, and a free press it shall be.


Daughter also points finger at Erickson

Four-week trial winding to a close

The defense in the Rebecca Grossman trial has long contended that it was the woman’s boyfriend, former Dodger pitcher Scott Erickson, who struck the boys first in the horrifically fatal street racing incident of 2020, and on Feb. 16, Grossman’s 19-year-old daughter Alexis took the stand to describe a menacing encounter with the athlete that she said took place immediately […]

COMMUNITY with a conscience

Celebrating our volunteer heroes

Daniel Chavez was living the American dream, until the dream turned into a nightmare. In 1993, Chavez was married with children and had just bought his family a home in the area. “We were happy, were good, then I got hurt at work,” said Chavez, a featured speaker at the 31st annual Mardi Gras Ball, the Feb. 10 fundraiser for […]

Grossman defense digs in

Husband takes the witness stand

Rebecca Grossman’s defense team opened its case Feb. 13 with testimony by her husband, Dr. Peter Grossman, as well as several expert witnesses called to rebut the prosecution’s evidence for second-degree murder and other charges in the deaths of Mark and Jacob Iskander, 11 and 8, who were struck down in a Westlake Village traffic collision in September 2020. Information […]

Drinking buddy Royce Clayton arrested on DUI

Royce Clayton, the Oaks Christian baseball coach and friend of former Dodger pitcher Scott Erickson who had been drinking with Erickson and Rebecca Grossman the night Grossman allegedly struck and killed the Iskander brothers with her SUV, was arrested Feb. 10 for driving under the influence of alcohol, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said. According to the Thousand Oaks Police […]

Keep the guard up during games of high school ‘water assassin’

Teen shooting play is too realistic, officials say

Authorities are warning area residents about a game played by high schoolers that could catch members of the public off guard. It’s called “water assassins” and, to some, it’s loaded with possibilities for unintended outcomes. Here’s how it works: Typically in off-campus settings, teens seek out others to “kill” with water guns. The game began to be played recently by […]

Tiny Homes, BIG Concerns

Agoura Hills floats idea for modular homes

The global tiny home market is big, growing at a 5% clip and expected to be valued at around $30 billion by 2032, industry figures show. The bill for a tiny home is but a fraction of what a regular home costs and some, like the tiny home modular style that is fixed to a concrete foundation, are sturdy and […]

Iskander exits courtroom amid graphic display of injuries

Trial’s second full week

Autopsy photographs of the bodies of Mark and Jacob Iskander were shown in a Van Nuys courtroom Feb. 6 during the murder trial of Rebecca Grossman—gut-wrenching evidence of the violent collisions that prosecutors say resulted when the defendant sped through a Westlake Village crosswalk in her Mercedes SUV in Sept. 2020. Among the images were close-ups of devastating injuries, including […]

Despite victory against the city, builder opts for smaller development

Calabasas officials revealed to the public their rationale for settling with a developer over the controversial West Village project—and announced a related initiative to acquire and protect open space, which has since been put on hold due to state budget constraints—at a City Council meeting last month. At the Jan. 10 council session, city attorney Matthew Sommers reviewed the battle […]

Storm blows records away

Water maven Orkney leaving Triunfo

Oak Park resident retires after 18 years

Janna Orkney, an 18-year member of the Triunfo Water and Sanitation Board of Directors, announced her resignation from the eastern Ventura County agency effective Jan. 29. The board will name an appointment to fill the final two years of the seat held by Orkney, a 79-year-old Oak Park resident and retired businesswoman. Orkney, who was first elected in 2006 and […]

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