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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.


2015-01-22 E-Edition

Nature in Focus

Bystanders assist deputies struggling to make an arrest

At a meeting Jan. 14, city officials in Calabasas recognized three men, Michael Kessler, Thomas Impliazzo and Tal Cohen, for coming to the aid of two deputies trying to arrest a man in connection with a burglary. About 2 p.m. Oct. 15, two Lost Hills Station deputies tried to detain the suspect near Gelson’s Village shopping center in Calabasas. Lost […]

Calabasas drive-thru ban still on

Some businesses want law changed

After an hourlong debate during its Jan. 14 meeting, the Calabasas City Council decided to continue a city prohibition against drive-thru establishments that has been in effect since 1998. Maureen Tamuri, director of community development for Calabasas, said the city had received inquiries from restaurants and retailers that provide drivethru service, including Starbucks, In-N-Out Burger and Chick-fil-A regarding the drive-thru […]

Jim Benkert goes to Oaks

Jim Benkert, the face of Westlake High School for the past two decades, was announced last week as the newest member of the Oaks Christian High School football coaching staff. The move, made official last Thursday during a press conference on the private school campus in Westlake Village, became immediate water cooler talk in the Conejo Valley and beyond. Since […]

Love notes

Valentine’s Day is special, and your loved one deserves to know they’re the No. 1 person in your life. This year, you can send your Valentine a message of endearment by purchasing a $10 personal Love Note that will appear in the Feb. 12 issue of The Acorn in print and online. Not to exceed 100 words, your Love Note […]

Westlake Plaza remodel almost complete

Shoppers say the wait was worth it

The $25-million renovation of Westlake Plaza was marred by the controversial removal of scores of trees as well as revenue losses at businesses that saw fewer customers during prolonged construction. But now that the bulk of the work is over, shoppers say they’re pleased with the new look of the center at the intersection of Agoura Road and Westlake Boulevard. […]

Grant will assist homeowners with repairs

Officials in Calabasas and Westlake Village will once again use federal grant money to provide financial assistance to homeowners who need to make repairs on their properties. This upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1, the City of Calabasas expects to receive about $84,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds, about $4,000 less than last year. The City of Westlake […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A thief stole a $1,000 laptop computer and accessories valued at about $1,200 from a car parked near McDonald’s in the 29100 block of Agoura Road Jan. 5. A resident on Lakefront Drive reported seeing two suspicious vehicles in his neighborhood in the early morning hours of Dec. 24. One of the vehicles had the engine running and […]

Roller hockey is serious business in Calabasas

The sports leagues in our area are invaluable. They provide children with an opportunity to learn about competition, teamwork, winning and losing. Baseball, basketball, soccer and roller hockey: They all serve as proving grounds for young minds and bodies. The most important thing about these leagues is that they provide kids with many of the tools they will need when […]