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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.


Toll lanes possible for 101 Freeway

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has about six more months until a regional transportation plan must be presented to its regional council. The plan would address increasing population and traffic volume projections for the 101 Freeway in 2030, according to SCAG manager of public affairs Dan Rhodes. A suggestion discussed last week […]

California voters go to the polls

Two local school districts may seek parcel tax revenue

campaign kicks off

Awareness campaign kicks off in LVUSD By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer A grassroots effort to galvanize homeowners to vote yes on a parcel tax that would offset the state budget crisis threatening school funding for at least five years was conducted last week at Willow Elementary School in Agoura Hills. The school’s multipurpose room was nearly filled to capacity […]

Two local school districts may seek parcel tax revenue

OPUSD names consulting firm to study the issue

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer Oak Park Unified School District officials convened last Thursday evening for a special study session on preparing for a parcel tax election. OPUSD has hired Tramutola Public Mobilization (TPM). It’s a political consulting firm in Oakland that assists school districts with bond issues, parcel taxes and campaign strategies. A parcel tax would help compensate […]

Teens have an ally in Westlake Village Library

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer Teenagers living in and around Westlake Village and Agoura Hills now have an advocate at the Westlake Village library. Library aide Deborah Farber, 27, of Agoura Hills manages the Young Adult Resource Center at the library. She focuses on teen programs. With a degree in liberal arts from California Lutheran University, Farber is currently […]

School spirit starts early

Worn U.S. flags sought for Elks Club Oct. 19 ceremony

Worn U.S. flags sought for Elks Club Oct. 19 ceremony Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge No. 2477 will conduct its 11th annual flag retirement ceremony at 1 p.m. Sun., Oct. 19 at 158 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks, in conjunction with their sponsoring Boys, Girls, Brownie, Cub and Explorer Venture Scouting units. The public is invited to bring worn and torn […]

Incumbent seeks third term in Agoura Hills

Kuperberg vows to preserve
open space

Kuperberg vows to preserve open space By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Agoura Hills Mayor Pro Tem Dan Kuperberg is seeking his third term with the city council and promises to maintain his commitment to slow growth. Kuperberg, 44, said that he’s worked diligently over the last eight years to keep development in the city in check. He has a […]

School board incumbent wants to serve four more years

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Terilyn Finders, president of the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education, is seeking reelection because, she said, she wants to complete her work. Over the past four years, Finders said she’s worked diligently in various areas. When she first joined the board, labor relations were practically nonexistent, Finders said. The current climate […]

‘Santa Comes to Agoura’ on cable TV

A special 30-minute program about the annual Santa Comes to Agoura food drive will be televised on Adelphia Channel 25 at 6:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 11 and 5:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 12. The same program will be rebroadcast on weekends through the end of November on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. In some areas, community access […]