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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.



Agoura Hills On the evening of April 25, a couple who live on Ridgebrook Drive were upstairs in their bedroom when they heard a loud sound of glass shattering from downstairs. The husband asked his wife to call law enforcement while he went downstairs, where he turned the lights on and saw a gray sedan parked in front of the […]


Agoura Hills Sometime between April 20 and 22, Chumash Park on Medea Valley Drive was vandalized with graffiti spray painted on the restroom wall and baseball field tarp. The cost of removing it was estimated at $700. A home on Hillrise Drive was burglarized on April 19. The resident returned from work to find the entire house ransacked. He believed […]


Agoura Hills A backpack was stolen from an unlocked Ford Mustang convertible parked on Patrick Henry Place in the early hours of April 13. The bag contained an LVUSD-issued Acer laptop, two library books and miscellaneous school supplies, worth an estimated total of $605. Security footage showed the thief to be a man wearing a beanie, face covering and hoodie, […]


Agoura Hills Overnight on March 31 or April 1, a Nissan Titan pickup truck parked on Via Amistosa was vandalized. The driver’s-side window was smashed, causing around $450 worth of damage. Nothing was taken from the vehicle. There was a residential burglary April 10 on Gray Rock Road. A glass door was shattered, causing around $3,000 worth of damage, and […]


Westlake Village Early on the morning of March 27 someone driving a white sedan pulled up to a mailbox on Foxfield Drive, broke the $7.99 lock, and removed an item, as shown by surveillance footage. Afterwards the residents could not find a package of mechanical pencils, worth $14.99, that had been ordered and delivered. Agoura Hills There was a residential […]


Agoura Hills A Honda CR-V was broken into in the parking garage of Meadowbrook Senior Living on Chesebro Road on March 24. The front passenger-side window was shattered, causing $200 worth of damage, and several items were stolen from inside: a leather Michael Kors purse, worth $300, and two California license plates, valued at $100. On March 23 or 24, […]


Agoura Hills A man stole $1,200 worth of deodorant from CVS on Kanan Road on March 17. On March 14 or 15, a Volkswagen Passat was broken into at the intersection of Argos Street and Thousand Oaks Boulevard. The front passenger-side window was smashed and a coin purse containing about $4 was stolen. Overnight on March 12 or 13, a […]


Agoura Hills On the evening of March 13 deputies responded to the Mobil gas station on Reyes Adobe Road for a report of a fight. One man was assaulting another, kicking the victim and slamming his head into the ground. The alleged assailant, 24, fled in a white SUV but was later apprehended by the Orange Police Department and booked […]


Agoura Hills A Land Rover was vandalized in the parking lot of LA Fitness on Roadside Drive on the morning of March 1. The owner parked on the east side of the lot and went inside to exercise for an hour. During that time the vehicle was keyed on the passenger side, leaving two large scratches and causing an estimated […]


Agoura Hills An Audi A4 was broken into in the parking lot of LA Fitness on Roadside Drive on Feb. 26. The front passenger window was smashed, causing around $200 in damage, and a purse containing wallet with $30 in cash was stolen from the front passenger seat. The car was parked just north of the dumpster shed in front […]

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