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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.


2012-07-19 E-Edition

Going for the Gold

Going for the Gold Fans cheer on the US Men’s Olympic Water Polo team as they prepare for the 2012 Olympic games. Under the leadership of USA Water Polo Head Coach Terry Schroeder, the team held its fi nal stateside practice at the Oaks Christian School aquatic center.

Activist seeks to bring back Amgen tour

A local open spaces activist is vying to bring the Amgen bike tour back to the Conejo Valley, saying the race could boost local tourism and help to save remaining wild lands in the Santa Monica Mountains. At a recent council meeting in Agoura Hills, Mary Wiesbrock, Chair of Save Open Space (SOS), an organization dedicated to the conservation of […]

Morning rant leads to arrest

A 19-year-old man was arrested last week in the Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks for being under the influence of a controlled substance and attempting to steal a sheriff’s patrol car. Deputiesrespondedtoa5a.m. call on July 11 about a man who was heard screaming in the area of Finrod Court near Evenstar Park. According to a report, the first deputy who […]

Poisoned bait leaves bad taste for dog owners .

Calabasas couple nearly lose their pet

A leisurely Sunday evening hike in Calabasas turned into a disastrous series of events before the last light vanished. That’s how David Walker remembers the day when one of his two dogs nearly died due to food poisoning. While walking on a trail above De Anza Park four weeks ago, Babushka, a Staffordshire terrier, ate what looked like a piece […]

Calabasas welcomes new city clerk

Maricela Hernandez has joined the City of Calabasas as city clerk, replacing Gwen Peirce who served in the position from September 2008 to May 2012. Hernandez most recently served as city clerk for the California community of Seaside, following 11 years as clerk of the board of directors for the Riverside Transit Agency. “We are very excited to put Maricela […]

Cyclist suffers fatal fall

A bicyclist was killed on July 14 when his bike veered off a local canyon road and he fell down a ravine, authorities said. The apparent accident occurred at about 9 a.m. on Stunt Road in the Santa Monica Mountains between Calabasas and Malibu. Willis Veluz-Abraham, 42, of Winnetka was riding his bicycle with three friends about three miles south […]

Feel like an Olympic athlete this summer

Forget New Year’s. Summer is a far better time to make a commitment to get in shape and make healthier choices. Need inspiration? That’s easy. Check out the hundreds of athletes who’ll participate later this month in the Summer Olympics in London. Okay, so you can’t build a physique like Michael Phelps between June and August, but there are a […]

Water district board lacks good answers

Las Virgenes Water District board member Joe Bowman has told many in the community that the consideration and communication for the proposed Three Springs water tank in Westlake Village would start over. Those involved in the process will tell you that the district was never really open to other ideas, and they worked to discredit any idea not their own. […]

Alternatives to boredom

The young writer Dashiell Young-Saver (The pitfalls of boredom) sounds like an intelligent and very fortunate young man. However, I was absolutely amazed at his reaction of having time, energy and resources available and finding life boring. Perhaps he needs to look around the Conejo Valley and get involved in the many volunteer groups that would be so grateful for […]