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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.


2020-07-09 E-Edition

Busy ball fields get shut down

Complaints lead to ban on team play

Although Los Angeles County has prohibited the playing of organized sports due to COVID-19, some athletes are ignoring the public health order. What happens when teams gather in numbers to compete on the local playgrounds has been difficult for officials to control. Worried residents in Agoura Hills complained about organized games being played at the Old Agoura Park ball fields […]

Many rattled by not-so-quiet Fourth

Rockets’ red glare annoys

Government’s plan to shut down Fourth of July fireworks shows due to large crowds and the possible spread of coronavirus didn’t stop individuals from setting off their own sparklers, Roman candles and bottle rockets. In Agoura Hills, multiple complaints were posted on social media about loud fireworks at Chumash Park. One resident near the park who lost her home to […]

Gaines won’t run again

November is fast approaching, and so are the 2020 elections. While most eyes are on the national and state races, local politics will be in the spotlight, too. This year in the City of Calabasas, the terms of two City Council members are ending: Alicia Weintraub, the current mayor, and Fred Gaines, a longtime council member. In a surprise announcement […]

Heavy scrubbing at Paramount

Ranch cleanup underway in earnest

Workers for the National Park Service last month moved heavy equipment into areas destroyed by the 2018 Woolsey fire and hauled away debris and other material that has remained on the ground ever since the historic blaze came through 18 months ago and wiped out vast chunks of the parkland, including Paramount Ranch. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area […]

Private school details fall reopen plans

Oaks to introduce hybrid learning and other changes

Oaks Christian School plans to reopen its middle and high school campuses Wed., Aug. 12, joining the Las Virgenes and Oak Park unified school districts in rolling out an education road map that includes both on-campus and digital learning opportunities. The Oaks campus in Westlake Village has 1,450 students. Oak Park opens Aug. 10, followed by Oaks Christian two days […]

Center input is needed

During the temporary closure of the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center, the Joint Powers Authority board of directors— comprising representatives from the two cities and center staff—are working on a new business plan and restructuring of the center. The board is looking for public input and feedback regarding the facility and its mission for 2021 and beyond. Due to the pandemic, […]


A few bad apples spoil the bunch


As annoying as it may seem, there are some people who enjoy placing themselves above the law—as in—others have to follow the rules, but not I. Rule-breakers flouted several laws in the community this past week. We’ll start with the fireworks. In a normal year there are many fireworks at home that frighten people and animals, but, they are written […]

School bond postmortem

The reason the LVUSD bond issue failed was not because folks misunderstood the bond issue. It is because they fully understood and read the bond issue. LVUSD wanted approximately $198 million to “fix and remodel buildings.” School board member Angela Cutbill claims that in the long run, we would have saved a lot of money on solar panels, and that […]