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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.


2015-12-23 E-Edition

Indian heritage flourishes in temple

Shubha Jain and her husband, Sanjiv, long dreamed of creating a place that would bring the Indian community together and pass on their heritage. After practicing medicine for more than two decades, the Chatsworth couple decided a few years ago it was time to start a new chapter. In 2012, the husband and wife founded the Simi Valley Mandir, or […]

Broadway, holiday tunes pleased the crowd

CONCERT REVIEW /// Cabrillo’s Holiday Family Celebration

Each year since 2006 Cabrillo Music Theatre has paid tribute to American service men and women and their families by presenting a free Christmas concert at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu. The concerts have become such a success that Cabrillo has been besieged by its fans to offer the show to the general public, and on Dec. 13 […]

Oak Park schools are ‘Quake Smart’

District isfirst to win the honor

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) named Oak Park Unified School District the first school district in its QuakeSmart Resilient Community. Superintendent Tony Knight said the district earned the distinction after the successful completion of the QuakeSmart earthquake mitigation program that provides actions for businesses, organizations and school districts to follow to reduce injuries, death and property damage during […]

Student earns first chair

Agoura High School sophomore and violinist Yasmine Kasra was selected to play first violin with 190 top high school musicians in the state at the California Orchestra Directors Association’s annual Honor Orchestra festival last week at San Jose State University. Yasmine is a member of the AHS advanced orchestra under the direction of Chad Bloom. Doris Fukawa, an advisor for […]

Jay Leno on stage Dec. 27

TV late night show host and stand-up comedian Jay Leno will perform his stand-up comedy at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 27 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Leno’s late night television ratings domination included more than two decades of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Prior to becoming host, Leno had been the […]

Early ticket sales for Brooks interview

“Mel Brooks . . . Back in the Saddle Again! A Hilarious Conversation with Mel Brooks and Screening of ‘Blazing Saddles’” will be at 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 19 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. Brooks will provide an inside look at his career and the making of his groundbreaking movie, “Blazing Saddles.” The film, […]

Musical is a charming diversion

play review /// ‘Gift Rap’

Christmas is almost here, and if you’re still undecided on what to get for that special someone, Gold Coast Plays offered a few tips for recalcitrant shoppers, but not the materialistic kind. Last weekend, the theater company presented “Gift Rap,” a 1990 one-act musical by Richard Hellesen that evokes the spirit of giving. Although it doesn’t specifically reference Christmas, the […]

Auditions for Village Voices

The Village Voices Chorale will hold open auditions for its spring concert beginning Jan. 10 and continuing for three weeks. Choral singing experience and good sight-reading skills are a plus. The group rehearses Tuesday evenings in Westlake Village. Men and women from Ventura and Los Angeles counties can call (323) 490-6636 for an audition appointment. The chorale’s spring concert, “What […]


THURS., DEC. 24 Advent Services 4 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Friday at Lighthouse Bible Church, 4910 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Phone: 805.584.8222. We b : LighthouseBiblesimi.com. FRI., DEC. 25 Movie And Chinese Dinner 4:30 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Emet, 9 W. Bonita Drive, Simi Valley. Screening of romantic comedy “Crossing Delancey.” Dinner, brief Kabbalat Shabbat service and dessert. Cost: […]