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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.


Ahmanson report says frogs, plants are safe

Acorn Staff Writer

Ahmanson report says frogs, plants are safe By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer A new environmental report released last week by Ventura County says the first phase of the 3,050-home Ahmanson Ranch development poses no significant threat to a pair of endangered species discovered at the site three years ago. As long as the developer takes certain precautions, the endangered […]

Great Race is back on track

Acorn Staff Writer

Organizers have announced the return of the Great Race of Agoura, cancelled last summer because it lacked volunteers. The 16-year-old race will be run on Sat., March 23 under new sponsors and new leadership. The newly published Los Angeles Sports and Fitness Magazine will produce the event with the help of a volunteer labor pool from Triunfo YMCA, said magazine […]

If the shoe fits …

If the shoe fits …

Exploding in color

City of Calabasas better prepared for emergencies than most communities

Acorn Staff Writer

City of Calabasas better prepared for emergencies than most communities By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer Since the tragedies of Sept. 11, President George W. Bush has told Americans repeatedly to get ready for emergencies. The city of Calabasas seems better prepared than most. About seven years ago following the Northridge quake, Calabasas residents Dr. Arnold Bresky, (a former obstetrician […]

Donations for Agoura High School garage sale sought to help Sober Grad Nite

The community is invited to donate items for the Agoura High School garage sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., March 16 in the teachers’ parking lot. The school is at 28545 W. Driver Ave., Agoura Hills. This is a fundraising event for the school’s Safe and Sober Grad Nite, a drug and alcohol-free all-night event that is […]

Congressman relies on his record

Acorn Staff Writer

U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) joined Congress in 1974, the nation’s first major election following the Watergate affair. Today, the 62-year-old congressman seeks reelection on the heels of the another potential scandal threatening Republicans; Enron. Waxman is using the Enron bankruptcy and possible ties of the nation’s seventh largest corporation to the White House as campaign fodder in the […]

Calabasas Library to close during relocation process

The Calabasas Library will move to its new home soon. Presently located in Calabasas City Hall, the library will close at 5 p.m. tomorrow, Fri., March 1. The library will relocate to a 12,000 square-foot space at 23975 Park Sorrento, Building B of the Calabasas Park Centre (adjacent the Commons). The grand opening will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on […]

Calabasas motivational artist paints a picture of hope

Acorn Staff Writer

Micheal J. Herman might not have the big voice box and Hollywood good looks of most people in his profession, but he does have that special something—that intangible— that makes him one of the busiest motivational speakers on the circuit today. People believe in him. The 35-year-old Calabasas resident will tell funny stories and give inspirational speeches to more than […]

Jumping for a cause