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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.

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LVUSD plots a course for the future

Acorn Staff Writer

It’s been the goal for Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) in recent years to build new schools, upgrade old ones and bring technology into classrooms. While construction projects continue to move forward—as do the trends toward computer assisted learning—other goals will take center stage for the coming year, according to LVUSD administrators. Among the district’s top priorities for 2001-2002: […]

Taking a hike for cancer research MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn



Taking a hike for cancer research MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn GETTING READY—Kelly Conlin, left, and Roberta Platt stretch before taking a hike to benefit breast cancer research at Paramount Ranch in rural Agoura. About 1,000 hikers raised more than $75,000 for Expedition Inspiration on last Saturday.

Westlake Village to consider memorial

Acorn Staff Writer

The original goal was to put a fountain at the corner of Agoura and Lindero Canyon Roads in Westlake Village, but last Wednesday Westlake Village city councilmembers directed staff to implement design and construction of a less expensive landscaped element with a possible memorial of the Sept. 11 tragedies. Three new designs were introduced to the council. All were nice, […]

Land swap deal may be getting close for YMCA

Acorn Staff Writer

A telephone conference call between Triunfo YMCA and the Westlake Canyon Oaks Homeowners’ Association (HOA) has brought a land swap deal between the two parties closer to finalization. But the city of Westlake Village went ahead and approved the design and construction of the proposed YMCA facility for another site last Wednesday. Councilmembers okayed a new 31,000 square-foot, two-story facility […]

Anniversary celebrated MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn



Anniversary celebrated MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn STICKING—Kristi Eide, 10, of Malibu jumps onto a Velcro wall at the Tennis and Swim Center in Calabasas on Sunday during a celebration of the 10th anniversary of cityhood for Calabasas. An estimated 800 adults and kids enjoyed a variety of activities.

Business is important, candidate says

Acorn Staff Writer

Despite serving on a city council with an anti-development reputation, Denis Weber has long stood as a voice for the business community. Weber, a 57-year-old bank vice president, is running for his third term on the Agoura Hills City Council in the upcoming election. Because of self-imposed term limits, Weber said this would be his final four-year stint on the […]

Peace officers will cite stores that sell alcoholic beverages to teenagers



Peace officers will cite stores that sell alcoholic beverages to teenagers The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, will assist the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Investigators by conducting a series of "Sales Laws Compliance" investigations during October and November. It’s hoped that public awareness of these investigations will cause all merchants to carefully monitor the age of […]

For the record



Warner Financial, the chief contributor to the Denis Weber for Agoura Hills City Council campaign, is a a real estate investment company, not a developer. We regret the error. The Acorn failed its high school exit exam. Actually in our sample questions, we skipped the answer to question No. 3, which threw everything off, and one question wasn’t answered at […]

Chamber honors local peace officers

Acorn Staff Writer

Look at your next traffic ticket on the bright side. Because of vigilant enforcement, Agoura Hills currently enjoys a 22 percent reduction in traffic related injuries, according to Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. Among the deputies honored last week at a special Agoura/Oak Park/ Las Virgenes Chamber of Commerce luncheon was Dep. Gary Ensor, one of the station’s traffic enforcers. "Gary […]

Gas line breaks, closes down traffic MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn



Gas line breaks, closes down traffic MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn CAREFUL––Gas company employees work on closing a 2-inch natural gas supply line that was cracked by an auger while workers were digging a trench on Agoura Road near Kanan on Tuesday afternoon. L.A. and Ventura county fire departments responded to the gas leak that shut down a portion of Agoura Road […]