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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.


Path toward progress

$3.8-million Lindero Canyon sidewalk stroll coming in June

Westlake Village is a small city, and the residents who enjoy walking here are probably well-versed in every inch of the city’s 5.2 square miles of parks, shopping areas and neighborhoods. They’ll soon have a new walk to break in, similar to the picturesque, meandering walk on Agoura Road that faces Westlake Golf Course. The Lindero Sidewalk and Beautification project, […]

Photography scam paints grim picture

Woman allegedly took payments and failed to deliver

A picture is worth a thousand words—if you can get one. The victims in a local scam that was brought to The Acorn’s attention say they were ripped off for thousands of dollars in pictures they ordered from an Agoura Hills photographer but failed to receive. Numerous residents say they were caught in a scam in which they paid large […]

County health pulls CBD products from local store

Cannabidiol in legal gray area

After suffering a concussion in January, Conejo Valley resident Christine Robert turned to cannabidiol, a cannabis derivative, to help her heal. She had seen research that looked promising, and use of the drug produced the results she was looking for. But on a recent trip to Lassens natural food store in T.O. to buy the CBD supplements she’d been taking […]

Chambers of Commerce play CEO shuffle

The Calabasas Chamber of Commerce is looking for new leadership after CEO Pamela Kissel unexpectedly stepped down from the job last month. While the Chamber’s board of directors searches for a new CEO, a familiar face has stepped in to fill the vacancy: former Chamber exec Bridget Karl, who led the organization for four years before leaving the post in […]

Westlake producer speaks out

He sells hemp supplements statewide

Marijuana has always been thought of as a mind-altering drug, but in recent years the plant has been altering thoughts in a different way. As more states come on board with legalization, cannabis has gained credibility as an effective, organic alternative to doctor-prescribed pharmaceuticals. In fact, the plant’s most beneficial component has no relation at all to the hazy, giggle […]

Broad goals set by Agoura Hills City Council

Will accomplish ‘what’s reasonable’

The Agoura Hills City Council recently set goals for the coming year, targeting accomplishments that include updates to park facilities, transportation, public safety and environmental projects. At its goal-setting session last month, the City Council discussed projects already underway including construction of the 101 Freeway/Palo Comado Canyon interchange, a study on the Kanan corridor project and design of a new […]

New tech demands new answers

The true, long-term health effects of the burgeoning fifth-generation, 5G cell sites—soon to proliferate from coast to coast and right here in many of our local communities—will have to be decided by experts much smarter than us. The question of how 5G’s higher radio frequencies will affect the general population (and our environment) probably won’t be answered in the near […]


Long live the Eagle Scouts

As a Boy Scout of at least eight years, I am happy to see The Acorn still posting articles about Eagle projects. This shows how important to the community each project is. As far as I’m aware, not a single one has been missed. This makes me very happy to have completed a project of my own and helped the […]

Development story well done

Kudos to Stephanie Bertholdo for writing and to The Acorn for printing in last week’s issue what is the most complete, accurate and honest assessment of the Agoura Village development process to date. Well done. Steve HessCornell