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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.


2020-03-05 E-Edition

Affordable living measure fails in Calabasas

Apartment development halted

Calabasas voters overwhelmingly decided against a ballot measure that would have kept 80 apartments on the west side of town priced for low-income families—on the condition that property-owner AvalonBay be allowed to construct 161 new units. Locals found Measure N controversial for a number of reasons: The project would have been built without the oversight of the city, and many […]

Young minds show courtroom savvy

Oak Park, Westlake shine at mock trial

Las Virgenes school bond falling short

Measure has 51% of vote but needs 55% in final balloting

Results on Measure V, the Las Virgenes Unified School District bond measure, still aren’t final, but in Los Angeles County where most of the ballots were cast, more than 51% of the votes stood in opposition to the measure as of press time Wednesday. It needs 55% to pass. The $198-million bond would pay for major infrastructure improvements at LVUSD’s […]

Feds map out new park boundary

A bill that could potentially double the size of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is halfway home. The Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act, which would add more than 190,000 acres to the area’s national park, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 11. The bill was approved with bipartisan support—231 votes in favor and 183 […]

LVUSD names new assistant superintendant

Scifres has deep roots in school district

The Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education announced the selection of Steve Scifres as the assistant superintendent of human resources. Scifres attended Las Virgenes schools (White Oak Elementary, Lindero Canyon Middle and Agoura High schools) and later returned as a professional educator and leader. Scifres received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University and his master’s […]

Change clocks this weekend

Daylight saving time is here again. It begins at 2 a.m. Sun., March 8. Before going to bed the night of Sat., March 7, remember to “spring forward” and turn clocks ahead one hour. While no daylight is actually saved, the shifting of clocks allows for more hours of sunlight in the evening. Arizona and Hawaii are the only two […]

Triunfo panel finally settled

Following a period confusion regarding board member succession, the Triunfo Water and Sanitation District has appointed a new board member to replace the departed Susan Pan. Jane Nye, a 30-year resident of Oak Park, joined the board on Feb. 11. She was one of three applicants for the position. Pan stepped down from the board last December after taking a […]


Agoura Hills A thief stole a laptop and a binder out of a backpack left on a table at Carl’s Jr. on Kanan Road Feb. 21. The bag had been left unattended for five minutes, but the bag’s owner reported that the table was surrounded by other students. The stolen items were worth $1,110. On Feb. 21 someone broke into […]

Schools suffer rare setback as voters react

The first question that comes to mind is: How the heck did that happen? Voters in the Las Virgenes Unified School District have been notoriously kind to their local public schools, approving multiple bond measures and parcel taxes over the years to pay for campus upkeep and teacher salary improvements. Voters recognize the connection between good schools and high property […]