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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.


Moradian takes case against Parks to state attorney general

A landowner is asking the state attorney general’s office to investigate Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks for her role in trying to prevent the development of his family’s land near Borchard Road and the 101 Freeway. Shawn Moradian has enlisted the aid of attorney Barry Groveman, a former Calabasas City Council member and mayor, to petition Attorney General Robert Bonta […]

2021-10-14 E-Edition

Complaint says animal shelter has ‘egregious’ kill rate

Agoura facility chooses euthanasia over rehabilitation, Oct. 4 lawsuit alleges

The impound kill rate at the Agoura animal shelter has been targeted in a new lawsuit that says Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, the Agoura shelter’s umbrella agency, stands in violation of a California law aimed at preventing only the most troubled animals from being euthanized. Enacted in 1998, the state’s Hayden Act made it a […]

‘The changes I’ve seen’

Calabasas mayor gives upbeat report as city celebrates 30 years

He could have opened with an ice-breaker, reminding the audience that “Calabasas” is derived from the Spanish word for “pumpkin,” or that the place was cool even before the Kardashians arrived in town. Mayor James Bozajian could have even kicked off his “30 Years and Going Strong” State of the City address Oct. 6 by thanking cityhood’s biggest cheerleader, Ruth […]

Dance, dance, dance

LEARNING THE MOVES—Members of the Agoura High School Dance Team teach students a routine during an Oct. 3 clinic. The instruction at Agoura High School was for children in kindergarten to fifth grade. About 45 prospective dancers attended.

UFC star in domestic abuse incident

Deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station descended on the posh community of Hidden Hills early Monday morning and hauled away UFC Hall-of-Famer Chuck Liddell for his alleged involvement in a domestic abuse incident with his wife. Details about what happened and who was at fault remain unclear. The 51-year-old onetime UFC light-heavyweight champion, nicknamed “Iceman,” was arrested at 1 […]

Route 91 shooting survivors try to heal

Conejo Valley memorial held Oct.1

Molly Maurer didn’t know she was pregnant when she attended the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. The Oak Park resident was one of 22,000 people at the festival that day, a day that turned deadly when a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel, killing 60 people. A few […]


Agoura Hills On Oct. 3, two men broke into a car on Yankee Drive, making off with a $2,000 Canon DSLR camera and causing $1,000 in damage to the ignition. A neighbor reported seeing the burglars, one holding a yellow drill, drive off in a silver SUV driven by a woman. Golf clubs valued at $400, along with Apple AirPods […]


High winds, shaky ground, dinner by candlelight


This week’s high winds and low humidity came as a stark reminder that fire season is upon us and conditions for another emergency are ripe. Fire rages in nearby Santa Barbara. And lest we not forget, we also live in earthquake country. A magnitude-3.6 temblor nudged eastern Ventura County last month. Who knows when the next “big one” might occur. […]