2006-10-12

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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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Blue Ribbon award comes home to Calabasas High

Teachers still 'pinching' themselves

Calabasas High School is among just 31 public schools and four private schools statewide to earn the prestigious 2006 National Blue Ribbon School title. The 23-year-old U.S. Department of Education program, now part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, honors the country’s top schools. This year, 359 U.S public institutions were recognized as Blue Ribbon schools. “It’s huge,” […]

Electricity upgrades will zap customers



Oak Park’s aging energy delivery system will be updated to prevent failures like the one that occurred during last summer’s heat wave. But the fixes will come at a price, Southern California Edison Co. regional manager Rudy Gonzales said at a recent Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council meeting. Residents can expect to see their energy bills continue to rise. Residents […]

Is bounty hunter dogged by injustice?

As Duane Chapman becomes the accused, local attorney intercedes

In an unusual twist of fate, TV bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman now faces charges for the capture of Andrew Luster, the Max Factor heir turned serial rapist. One of Luster’s victims and her Agoura Hills attorney don’t quite understand the logic and are trying to come to Chapman’s rescue. When Luster jumped bail and fled to Mexico three years […]

Oak Park students excel



Westlake Village says new irrigation system will help reduce costs

But city must spend in order to save

In an effort to save from $50,000 to $70,000 in annual water and maintenance costs, the Westlake Village City Councimay approve the installation of new technology for the citywide irrigation system. Irrigation costs the city abou$200,000 a year at present water rates. As rates increase, the amount saved will also rise, officials said. Through a central station acity hall, the […]

Committee needs members



The Calabasas City Council is looking to fill two alternate positions on its 20-person General Plan Advisory Committee. The committee will begin meeting monthly in January 2007 in order to review the development of the city’s new general plan and development code, which will address issues such as air quality, land use, housing and open space. “The General Plan Advisory […]

Styrofoam leaves bad taste in Calabasas



Calabasas residents spoke out both for and against a cityproposed ban on polystyrene at last week’s City Council meeting. Some feel the ban is necessary. Another calls it a “feelgood move.” A decision on the matter was delayed until more information is compiled. Polystyrene is better known as Styrofoam, a trademarked name for the packaging material used mainly for take-out […]

Name needed for new ‘virtual school’



The virtual school for kindergarten through 12th grade students being formed in the Las Virgenes Unified School District may not have walls, classrooms or the trimmings of a typical school building, but it still needs a name. The community-students included-is invited to submit name suggestions for the school. School board members approved the formation of the virtual school in June, […]

Volunteers needed for trail work



Conejo open space enthusiasts are being sought to help clean up and maintain area trails during the 16th annual COSCA Trail Work Day, Sat., Oct. 21. Volunteers should meet at the entrance to the Conejo Community Center Botanical Gardens off Gainsborough Road in Thousand Oaks. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and trail cleanup will take place from 8 a.m. until […]

Deputy promotes motorsport safety



Hugo Mosquera has always had a passion for motorcycles. Since he was young, Mosquera has loved cruising the open road, as many riders do today. But according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detective, the difference he sees between himself and too many of today’s bikers is training. Mosquera has used his platform to start a program dedicated to […]