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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.


Sure signs of the season CHUCK ROGERS/The Acorn

Sure signs of the season CHUCK ROGERS/The Acorn WISH LIST––With a sweet face like Oak Park’s Kylee Boldroff, she easily convinces Santa that she’s been a good girl all year and that bringing her all the toys on her Christmas list shouldn’t be a problem. This well-groomed Santa made his appearance during the culmination of this year’s "Santa Comes to […]

Calabasas may have a New Year extravaganza

Acorn Staff Writer

The city of Calabasas may try to re-create last year’s Paris millennium fireworks display with a 55-foot Eiffel Tower of its own this year. The French monument is one of many famous structures that could be featured in an outdoor exhibit on the site of the new civic center, across from The Commons, for the two years before the complex […]

Oak Park parents protest possible open enrollment

Acorn Staff Writer

Some parents in Oak Park are exercising their First Amendment rights by protesting via Internet the concept of outside students enrolling in Oak Park elementary schools. But the school district hasn’t even made such a commitment, according to a high ranking administrator. Oak Park schools have stabilized in size over the past few years. Every November, California districts are required […]

Appeals underway in local murder case

Acorn Staff Writer

Lawyers and anguished parents waited patiently to hear the court’s decision about the future of the four boys involved in the stabbing death of Agoura Hills teenager Jimmy Farris. But the scene wasn’t the 1996 Malibu courtroom where Brandon Hein, Tony Miliotti and Jason Holland were convicted of Farris’ murder and sentenced to life without parole. These arguments got underway […]

Westlake Council reorganizes

The Westlake Village City Council reorganization occurred last week. The outgoing mayor, Iraj Broomand, announced that Mark Rutherford is the new mayor. Broomand and Rutherford exchanged seats and Mayor Rutherford announced the new mayor pro tem is Kris Carraway-Bowman. The Honorable Judge of Malibu Court, Lawrence J. Mira, administered the oath of office to the new mayor and mayor pro […]

The Middlecrest miracle in Agoura Hills–– Daisy the dog survives coyote attack

The Middlecrest miracle in Agoura Hills–– Daisy the dog survives coyote attack "It looks like they sewed her head back on her neck," said Cinco Paul, owner of Daisy, the Bichon Frisee dog that suffered a near-death coyote attack on Sat., Dec. 2 in the Paul’s backyard in Agoura Hills. Paul and his wife, Amy, couldn’t be more thrilled. And […]

Lindero Canyon Middle School to celebrate Blue Ribbon Friday

Lindero Canyon Middle School in Agoura Hills will celebrate its recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., Fri., Dec. 15 with a gala assembly for 1,460 students and its staff, parents and the community-at-large. The program is planned to congratulate all of the entities that came together to earn the school the Blue Ribbon designation. A […]

Westlake Village considers historical bell

Years ago, in towns between Baja in Mexico and San Francisco, bells were installed by the missions of California called El Camino Real Bells. Through time, the bells deteriorated from poor upkeep or were destroyed from vandalism. There isn’t much left of the bells. During a recent Westlake Village City Council meeting, the Westlake Women’s Club (representing the California Federation […]

24 acres to protect viewshed

Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT) officials have announced acquisition of 24 acres adjacent the organization’s major holding, Cold Creek Preserve in the Santa Monica Mountains of rural Calabasas along Stunt Road. "With acquiring these properties, 95 percent of the viewshed along Stunt Road is now protected," said Steve Harris, MRT president. "As a result, one of the most scenic areas within […]

Driving range again in line of fire

Acorn Staff Writer

Homeowners in Westlake Village who are teed off about the lights and errant golf balls from the Lake Lindero driving range might see the matter come to a head at next month’s Agoura Hills Planning Commission meeting. A decision is expected on whether the problem needs a third and final study. The commission said consultant studies in 1998 and 1999 […]