2002-12-26

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'Paywall' removed

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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Supervisors approve Ahmanson Ranch, 4-1



Supervisors approve Ahmanson Ranch, 4-1 By John Loesing and Greg Koteles Acorn Staff Writers By John Loesing and Greg Koteles Acorn Staff Writers Ahmanson Ranch got a timely present from politicians last week. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 just before Christmas to approve the first phase of the controversial housing project. But the 715 homes approved just […]

Agoura Hills gets money to restore Reyes Adobe



By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer The long-awaited renovation of the Reyes Adobe landmark in Agoura Hills can move forward thanks to a $400,000 grant the city received last week. Ever since the city acquired the 200-year-old Adobe in 1983, the property on Rainbow Crest Drive has been closed to the public due to lack of funds. But the grant, […]

Heschel West didn’t properly notify public of its land use plan––project review delayed



By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Heschel West Day School failed to give the public proper notice on its proposed 13-acre school near Agoura Hills, forcing a three-month delay in public hearings that were scheduled to begin last week. A Dec. 18 hearing before the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission was postponed until April 2 because Heschel officials didn’t […]

Still warm enough to shoot a few



Recycling works well in

Ventura County

The city of Los Angeles diverted 60 percent of its waste in 2000, earning approval from the California Integrated Waste Management Board for successfully meeting the goal of the Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989. Other Southern California jurisdictions in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties also matched or exceeded the state-mandated 50 percent diversion goal that has significantly reduced […]

Ventura County residents enjoyed cleaner air this past year, study says



Data analyzed by Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) staff for 2002 has indicated that Ventura County "has experienced a banner year for clean air," according to the agency. Only one day exceeded the one-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone. "We continue to see improvements in our air quality," said Michael Villegas, APCD officer. "We’ve gone from […]

The seven days of Kwanzaa begin today



By Gregory Koteles Acorn Staff Writer You probably speak at least one word of Swahili and didn’t even know it––Kwanzaa. It comes from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza," meaning "first fruits" in a language little spoken outside of Africa. Although most Americans are vaguely aware that this relatively new holiday falls around Christmas, it’s little more than a word to […]

The seven principles of Kwanzaa



Umoja (Unity)—celebrants strive for unity in the family, community, nation and race. Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)— this refers to African-Americans making "their own unique contribution to the forward flow of human history," both socially and economically. Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)—this calls for blacks to build and maintain a community together and make view the struggle of one as the struggle of […]

Survey reveals key decisions that teenagers make as they mature



By 12th grade, more than three-fourths of all teens are drinking and engaging in sexual activity, and almost half report using drugs, a new national survey reveals–while offering some time-targeted strategies that parents can use to help keep their children safe from such destructive behaviors. Providing a rare glimpse into the thinking of today’s teens, the "Teens Today 2002" survey […]

Calabasas population went up, but crimes didn’t



By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer The population of Calabasas has increased 15 percent since 1992, but the crime rate has dropped, according to Calabasas Mayor Lesley Devine and Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station statistics. Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station reports on crimes, law enforcement incidents and arrest records each year and separates them in three categories: Part I crimes—criminal homicide, forcible […]