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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.


Glad grads finally rejoice

YES, IT’S OVER!—At top, the audience applauds during commencement at Agoura High School on June 15. At right, graduate Kelsey Hopkins is pleased tofinally have her diploma in hand. See more Acorn graduation coverage on pages 20-22.

Little enthusiasm for new Agoura Village development

Shops, homes in the works at intersection of Kanan, Agoura roads

The Ave, a mixed-use development approved for Agoura Village, received a less than enthusiastic reception during a June 12 community forum in the Agoura Hills Recreation Center, the latest in a series of attempts to convince residents about the need for new commercial and residential growth in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, just south of the city. The […]

Measure up

Numbers show Ave development falls well within the Agoura Village plan guidelines

The Agoura Village Specific Plan (AVSP) allows developers to include as little as 15 percent public space. The Ave provides 57 percent public space. About 6 acres will remain open space. The AVSP requires a minimum of 15 percent of surface parking areas to be landscaped. The Ave parking lots will be 47 percent landscaped. The AVSP allows developers to […]

Crafty cougar caught, collared

There’s a new member of the local mountain lion population that’s being studied by the National Park Service. P-54 became the 15th cougar fitted with a GPS collar when she was captured on Feb. 27 near the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu. The study tracks animals in the Santa Monica Mountains, Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains. Kate Kuykendall, public […]

Westlake hopes to drive reinvestment in biz park

Changes would permit mixed use

A decade-old plan to repurpose 200 acres of commercial and industrial land in the City of Westlake Village could clear a path for as many as 1,000 new apartments and condos. Last week, city officials hosted a scoping meeting for the North Business Park Specific Plan to discuss the latest iteration of the land-use document. The area bordered by Thousand […]

Oak Park Unified School District welcomes new principals

Turnover unique for OPUSD

There are seven schools in the Oak Park Unified School District. This fall, most of them will have new principals. Starting July 1, Red Oak Elementary, Brookside Elementary, Oak View High and Oak Park Independent schools will be under new leadership. The high school and independent school share a principal. Tony Knight, Oak Park Unified’s superintendent, said it’s the first […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills On the afternoon of June 7, someone broke into a car parked on Roadside Drive by smashing the rear passenger side window, causing $300 in damage. The thief stole a computer case containing a laptop and a Samsung tablet computer. The stolen property was worth over $1,000. Someone stole the tailgate off a pickup truck that was parked […]

Pumpkin fest grows, and so does entry price

The Calabasas Pumpkin Festival started as a free, one-day event. As it grew more popular, organizers extended the festival to a full weekend and began charging a $5 admission. Now the price of entry has been doubled. Attendees to this year’s festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 20 and 21, will be charged $10 at the gate. The Calabasas City […]

Fentanyl lab uncovered in T.O.

Clandestine labs are nothing new in the East County. For years, local narcotics agents combated tiny meth-making operations, and more recently, honey-oil manufacturing. But apparently a new substance has arrived on the amateur drug-making scene: fentanyl. A 23-year-old man is facing charges for manufacturing the powerful narcotic after police say they discovered a makeshift drug lab inside his Thousand Oaks […]

A pitch for the World Cup

So your appetite has been whetted and in case you’ve been living in a cave you know that the World Cup soccer matches are now in full swing. Many local residents are probably still smarting from the failure of the U.S. men’s team to qualify for the biggest sporting event on the planet and are thinking there’s no reason to […]