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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.


Pressure grows for students with college plans

By Sylvie Belmond belmond@theacorn.com College application time can be very stressful for high school students, according to a University of Southern California educator. At a recent parent education meeting at Calabasas High school, USC professor Mark Stevens, PhD presented his thoughts on college education to concerned parents. Some of the moms and dads were concerned that their teenaged sons and […]

Early season storm hits the Southland

School nurse shortage in LVUSD among worst in state

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com The shortage of trained school nurses in Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) is among the worst in California, according to a health services report presented at last week’s school board meeting. While the average ratio of school nurses to students in California is one nurse to 2,791 students, in LVUSD the ratio is 1 to […]

Fate of auto detailing shop still undecided

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com A proposed vehicle detail shop in Agoura Hills has an uncertain future. It would be located on an empty parcel at the northeast corner of Reyes Adobe Road and Canwood Street. Last week’s Agoura Hills City Council meeting was the continuance of Bradley and Gail Kagan’s appeal of a planning commission’s project approval in August. While […]

‘Sugar and spice and everything nice’

Chamber honors cops, presents Penland, Agoura

Beautiful awards

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com The Agoura/Oak Park/Las Virgenes Chamber of Commerce paid tribute to the peace officers of Lost Hills and East Valley sheriff’s stations from L.A. and Ventura County sheriff’s departments, respectively, during a luncheon at Lindero Country Club last week. As part of the tribute, the chamber also gave its annual Penland Award to Don Liebman, owner of […]

Westlake Village Council endorses Measure A

By Lori Porter porter@theacorn.com Public safety was the centerpiece of a recent ballot recommendation by the city council in Westlake Village. It voted unanimously last week to support Measure A in L.A. County, aka the public safety and homeland security sales tax initiative. Measure A will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot. If approved by voters, it will increase the […]

Repairs on delapidated restroom delayed for Bennett Park

Westlake Village council members have decided to postpone improvements on a public restroom at a local park until they get feedback from nearby residents. The 35-year-old restroom at Berniece Bennett Park in the First Neighborhood area is getting decrepit. The Cultural/Recreation Committee, overseeing the project, called for the council to make a decision at last week’s meeting after presenting three […]

Incumbent counts on experience to get reelected

By Sylvie Belmond belmond@theacorn.com Jan Iceland wants to serve another term on Oak Park Unified School District’s Board of Education because she feels that experienced leadership at the helm is crucial right now. Iceland is one of three candidates vying for two seats. OPUSD has a $25-million budget to manage each year, which includes $1 million in Measure D-4 money […]

Education Fund in Calabasas may help pay CHS counselor

Education Fund in Calabasas may help pay CHS counselor The Calabasas Education Fund (CEF) will consider awarding $56,000 to the Calabasas High School Parent Faculty Association to hire an additional counselor at CHS. Members discussed the matter at a meeting last week. Created by the city of Calabasas, the CEF, a nonprofit group, tries to fund programs that serve public […]