2008-07-10

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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.

Archives

A red, white and blue weekend



AROUND TOWN- Above, grand marshals Jim Peace as Uncle Sam and Lisa Clyde as Ms. Independence enjoy their ride in the 38th annual Westlake Village Fourth of July parade, hosted by the Westlake Jr. Women’s Club. Below, Beth Perez takes a seat atop the stone monument at Chumash Park in Agoura Hillssite of the city’s annual Concerts in the Park […]

OPUSD wants $29.4-million school bond

Oak Park residents to vote

A new facilities bond measure for the November ballot has been approved by the Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD) Board of Education. The $29.4-million bond, called Measure R, is a pared down version of two earlier measures that failed at the ballot. Voters rejected an $89-million bond in June 2006 and a $71million bond in November of the same […]

Support for oak tree growing

25 residents spoke against the project, including Fran Pavley

A landmark oak tree on Liberty Canyon Road which just a few weeks ago had been facing the ax in order to make room for an office and medical center will most likely be spared. In May, the Agoura Hills City Council appealed the planning commission’s approval of a commercial development at Liberty Canyon and Agoura roads. Rather than deny […]

Masked bandit strikes again



A masked robber the FBI calls the Dust Mask Bandit threatened employees and customers with what appeared to be a bomb during a July 3 bank heist at Citibank in Thousand Oaks. The bank is at 33 N. Moorpark Road. At 12:45 p.m. last Thursday, a man wearing a fisherman’s hat pulled down to his eyes and a dirty white […]

Calabasas street repairs begin



The annual Calabasas street overlay program has begun on various streets throughout the city. The resurfacing will take place from now until August. Streets will be paved one travel lane at a time and traffic control will be provided. City officials say there will be limited access to private driveways on the days that actual paving occurs, although only for […]

Man completes fire academy



Erik Acevedo completed the training academy for the Los Angeles City Fire Department. He is currently stationed in the MidWilshire area. Acevedo is a graduate of Agoura High School. He earned a degree in exercise biology and communications from UC Davis, where he was a member of the university’s student firefighter program for three years. He played water polo for […]

Acorn contest calls for top writer



If you think you have a knack for writing, put your creative juices to work this summer in The Acorn contest, “Fiction in a Nutshell.” Here’s how it works: In 100 words or less, write a fiction story and e-mail it to newstip@theacorn.com. You may also send it by mail to the address on page 4. Include your name, address, […]

State’s affordable housing mandate puts the pressure on local cities



Members of the Agoura Hills City Council practically held their noses as they voted June 11 in favor of a new ordinance that gave special concessions to developers who earmark portions of their projects for affordable and senior housing. If local civic leaders are against dense, lower cost housing because of the adverse effect it might have on existing, upscale […]

RV owners need permit under new law



The Calabasas City Council has changed its RV parking ordinance- again. The new ordinance requires RV owners to obtain a permit if they wish to park their oversized vehicles on public streets for up to 72 hours. The ordinance passed 32, with Councilmembers Barry Groveman and James Bozajian voting against it. A previous version of the law- which was approved […]

Oak Park prepares for Night Out Against Crime



Oak Park is preparing for the third annual National Night Out Against Crime on Sat., Aug. 2. Several neighborhoods will host representatives from local departments and boards including sheriff’s, fire, recreation and parks departments as well as supervisors and school board members. The sheriff’s department will send representatives from the K-9, bomb and SWAT units. Representatives will stop by between […]