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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.


2019-12-12 E-Edition

School bond hits the ballot

March 2020 measure will seek $198 million for Las Virgenes district

The Las Virgenes school board has given final approval for a $198-million bond measure to appear on the March 3, 2020 ballot. Called the Las Virgenes Unified School District Safety, Repair, Career Readiness Measure, the bond will require 55% voter approval for its passage. Monies will be used to improve campus safety, repair and equip classrooms and bring instructional technology […]

Honig completes mayoral trifecta

Three local cities have women leaders

The City of Westlake Village welcomed Councilmember Kelly Honig as mayor for the first time during a swearing-in ceremony Dec. 4. She becomes the third woman mayor in the Conejo-Las Virgenes region, fourth if you count Malibu Mayor Karen Farrer. Calabasas and Agoura Hills will be led in 2020 by mayors Alicia Weintraub and Illece Buckley Weber, respectively. Honig, who […]

Cougar mounts an attack

Wildlife officials are still trying to determine how to deal with that mountain lion that killed one family pet and wounded another in Simi Valley last week. The cougar has been seen at least half a dozen times in surrounding neighborhoods. The first sighting occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 when a resident posted a video of a mountain […]

State hikes taxes on cannabis

Increase puts fees in line with higher profit margins

Long hailed as the cannabis capital of the United States—California was the first state in the nation to decriminalize medical marijuana in 1996—the Golden State has stumbled. Although Washington and Colorado legalized recreational cannabis in 2012, California took steps four years later to allow all uses of weed and create what was hoped to be the largest source of income […]

Good schools require our financial support

Recent reports indicate California is in great shape economically, with rising tax revenues and record markets making coffers flush with cash. So why is that local citizens are about to be hit in the 2020 March primary with several new tax measures designed to boost schools and firefighters whose budgets are said to be under stress? Aren’t classroom and fire […]


Report indicates troubling, backward trend

GUEST OPINION /// Local economic forecast

Recently, the Cal Lutheran University Center for Economic Research released its annual economic forecast and for the fifth straight year predicted zero growth for Ventura County’s economy. While the rest of the state grew at 3.8% in 2018, Ventura County’s economy actually declined, with the labor force shrinking and more of the population leaving the county for work instead of […]

Developer ‘circumvents’ city process

I read The Acorn’s article in the Nov. 27 issue about the Avalon affordable housing initiative with interest. One large point, which was not mentioned, is the fact that Avalon paid off their construction bond 10 years early. Had Avalon not done so, it would have protected the affordable housing units for another 10 years until 2028. Avalon’s attorney says […]

Hein’s story made an impact

Seeing Brandon Hein’s face on the front page of the Acorn (Nov. 21) took my breath away. In 1994, when I moved to Westlake Village, I attended the United Methodist Church on Agoura Road and Westlake Boulevard. The congregation was welcoming and friendly, but meeting the Hein family, I felt close—like a family to them. The horrible news of these […]