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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.


2016-10-27 E-Edition

Calabasas Canyon Oaks developer promises to go big if measure fails

Las Virgenes Road project would more than double

In a final attempt to gain support for the Calabasas Measure F development referendum on Nov. 8, the New Home Company, an Aliso Viejo builder, has proposed an alternate project consisting of 205 residential units and 150,000 square feet of commercial space on a Las Virgenes Road parcel where the contested Canyon Oaks construction is slated to go. Measure F […]

Boys & Girls Clubs earn big financial boost

The community held out a generous hand to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley on Fri., Oct. 22. The Agoura Hills-based organization received a pair of $1-million gifts from local benefactors, plus thousands of other dollars in live and silent auction donations during its 14th annual Stand Up For Kids gala event at the Four Seasons Hotel […]

Burglars have taste for crime


Detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying two men who were caught on surveillance cameras breaking into Lal Mirch Indian Restaurant in the 5100 block of Kanan Road in Agoura Hills overnight between Oct. 12 and 13. According to a sheriff’s report, the men caused $7,000 damage in the process of breaking in. They stole 20 bottles of wine, […]

Agoura man threatens Muslims

Mark Feigin, a 40-year-old Agoura Hills resident, is out on bail following charges he committed a hate crime by threatening to kill Muslims at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Koreatown. According to various news reports, Feigin called the center on Sept. 19 and left several hate-filled messages. The following day he reportedly threatened to kill Muslims at the […]

County wants sales tax for park improvements

Upgrading L.A. County’s parks and recreation is the goal of the Measure A parcel tax that voters will be asked to decide on Nov. 8. Lofty goal, but it comes at a cost. If approved by two-thirds of the voters, the tax would impose a 1.5-cent per square foot levy on all residential and commercial properties within unincorporated L.A. County […]

Story contest draws to a close

The Acorn’s Fiction in a Nutshell contest returns for its ninth season this fall, and if you have a knack for good storytelling, you’re invited to take part. Here’s how the newspaper’s popular storytelling competition works. Write a 100-word fiction tale using sci-fi, drama, adventure, romance or any other genre and email it to newstip@theacorn.com. Only one entry per person […]

Don’t let talked of ‘rigged’ election keep you from polls


Well, there’s been all that talk recently about voter fraud, but many say the issue is overblown. The conservative Washington, D.C.- based think tank The Heritage Foundation compiled a report listing only 400 documented cases of voter fraud in the United States dating back to the 1940s. That’s out of approximately 8 billion votes cast between 1940 and 2012 in […]

Political Cartoon

More freeway frustration

Recently, the construction project on 101 Freeway between Westlake Boulevard and Moorpark Road was completed. K-rails were removed; the lanes were restriped, and the previously closed lanes were opened. After waiting four months since the final concrete was poured and the work appeared to be done, we can see that the project is finally finished. There is even an orange […]