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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.

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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.

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2022-06-10 E-Edition

Park plans underway

Restoration of the lagoon at Oak Canyon Community Park is set to begin this month with the $2.7-million improvement project pegged for completion in January 2023. The 1.25-acre lagoon, described by some as the jewel of Oak Park, and other portions of the park at 5600 Hollytree Drive were badly damaged in the Woolsey fire in 2018 and subsequent flooding. […]



An event—THE Event— aimed at filling in the gaps for school programs not funded by the state marked its return to the Las Virgenes Unified School District last weekend with a lively community party attended by some 250 people at Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas. Started 12 years ago during the recession by a group of LVUSD parents who were tired […]


VOTE HERE—The ballot drop box Monday at Agoura City Hall. Boxes were also positioned at Westlake Village Library and Calabasas City Hall.

Crosswalk under scrutiny

The Westlake Village intersection where two young boys were run over by Rebecca Grossman’s speeding Mercedes in 2020 figures to play a key role in the defense strategy for the accused Hidden Hills socialite who continues to plead her innocence in the case. After entering a not guilty plea at her June 3 arraignment in Van Nuys Superior Court, Grossman […]

Fryhoff wins, Villanueva struggles

A tale of two sheriffs dominated discussion in the law enforcement community Wednesday following a somewhat surprising result in the June 7 primary election for top cop in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Challenger and union favorite Jim Fryhoff knocked off one-term incumbent Bill Ayub in the race for Ventura County sheriff, while across the county line Alex Villanueva was […]

Hertzberg, Horvath lead in sup. race

Local favorite Henry Stern third in June 7 primary election

The sparring over how to cope with fire, the future of Los Angeles County’s Public Health director, homelessness, and other issues left two candidates for District 3 L.A. County supervisor as likely opponents in November’s general election, although votes are still being counted. State Sen. Bob Herztberg, 67, and West Hollywood City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath, 39, were the top two […]

Jacobs strong, but it’s Brownley in 26th


Even with straggling ballots still to be counted, one thing is clear in California’s 26th Congressional District race: incumbent Julia Brownley will face challenger Matt Jacobs in the November election, and it may not be a walkover. The race will come down to a hardline Democrat voting record from Brownley against an untested Jacobs, a former federal prosecutor and area […]

Irwin commands 42nd District

If Tuesday’s numbers hold, voters in the newly redrawn 42nd Assembly District will decide between Democrat Jacqui Irwin and Republican Lori Mills come November. Mills, a Simi Valley Realtor, currently sits in second place in the June 7 top-two primary with 28% of the vote. Irwin, the incumbent, held a commanding lead at 56%. The former Thousand Oaks City Council […]


Agoura Hills Somebody damaged the ball field amenities at Chumash Park, 5550 Medea Valley Drive, on May 13. The first base dugout tarp valued at $400 was ripped, while dugout benches and bleachers were hit with graffiti that authorities said featured several tagging names and a possible tagging crew moniker. No security cameras or witnesses were found. Calabasas A student […]