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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.


Lego builders unleash their imaginations in Brick City

The Acorn put out the call for inventive creators to strut their stuff during the pandemic by showing what they can do with Lego pieces. Our readers didn’t disappoint. 

Lego builders unleash their imagination on Brick City


The Acorn put out the call for inventive creators to strut their stuff during the pandemic by showing what they can do with Lego pieces. Our readers didn’t disappoint! Lots more Acorn families share their inventive Lego creations— and tell some great stories, too. The participants prove they’re not only creative, they also have a great sense of humor! More […]

2020-05-14 E-Edition

‘Good to be back’

Signs of life begin to percolate

It’s been almost two months since the coronavirus pandemic brought everyday life to a grinding halt with businesses, parks, trails and beaches closed, but as the number of new cases slowly decreases, governments have begun to ease up on the stay-at-home mandate that has crippled the local economy. On May 8, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that communities with decreasing rates […]

Freeway foul-up

Propane truck fire ruins Mother’s Day commute

Just as motorists were taking advantage of a soft reopening of the economy and hitting the road to visit moms on Mother’s Day, a propane fire aboard a tractor trailer on the northbound 101 in Thousand Oaks forced a freeway shutdown for much of the day. The truck containing 500 five-gallon propane tanks became fully engulfed in fire just before […]

Three-dozen cases turn up at senior care facility

Virus outbreak is largest in the area

Los Angeles County public health officials say a senior care facility in Calabasas has more than 40 cases of COVID-19 among its residents, the largest outbreak in the western San Fernando Valley. In addition to the 38 residents, six employees at Silverado Calabasas Memory Care Community on Calabasas Road have tested positive for the disease. The facility houses 65 residents. […]

Local man guilty of bank fraud

A Calabasas resident pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court last month to committing almost $1 million in bank fraud. Edgar Sargsyan, 39, an attorney with law offices in Beverly Hills, was charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, two counts of bribing a public official and two counts of making false statements to federal officials. He pleaded guilty to […]

Second Gelson’s employee infected with virus

An employee at the Gelson’s Market in the Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks tested positive for coronavirus on May 6, the second worker at Gelson’s stores in the Conejo/Las Virgenes region to turn up sick in recent weeks. The Westlake store was closed overnight for cleaning and reopened the next day. The employee, who was not identified, last worked at […]


Agoura Hills Someone broke into Kramer’s Pharmacy on Canwood Street on May 7 by smashing the building’s glass front door and breaking the steel bars protecting the prescription drugs, causing a total of $5,000 in damage. The thief stole 4,000 hydrocodone pills and 2,000 Percocet tablets worth an estimated $20,000. On May 5 a thief stole a wallet out of […]

About that recovery and so-called new normal


Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement that retailers up and down the state could reopen for curbside pickup did little to elicit cheers from the local small-business community. Hard to blame them. For starters, many big-box stores and national chains have already been offering the service throughout the shutdown, and they’re the same stores now poised to take advantage of this new […]