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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.


Home Depot has eyes on Hampshire site once more

Previous attempt rebuked in ’09

Home Depot is giving it another shot. The home improvement giant is taking the steps needed to build an 89,000-square-foot store and 13,400-square-foot garden center on the vacant former Kmart site on Hampshire Road at Foothill Drive in Thousand Oaks. On Tuesday, the City Council agreed that Home Depot’s development permit and zone change request can make their way through […]

Old Westlake Hospital will be torn down

The long troubled Westlake Hospital has finally flatlined. Plans are underway to demolish the two hospital buildings at 4415 S. Lakeview Canyon Road in Westlake Village, bringing to an end a more than 15- year struggle to keep the hospital running in one form or another. Rarely was it able to make money. The site belongs to Hospital Corporation of […]

Sunshine Club brings rays of laughter

City looking for suggestions on how to spend federal grant money

Warm food and shelter for the homeless. Free medical treatment for the working poor. Engaging after-school activities for teenagers with developmental disabilities. These are just some of the services supported by federal Community Development Block Grant funds in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park in 2010-11. For the upcoming fiscal year, the city is invitingresidentstocommentata6p.m.hearing Tues., Jan. 18 in a third-floor […]

Public can give input on auto mall sign

A public forum to discuss the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall sign is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wed., Jan. 26 in the banquet center of the Los Robles Golf Course, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The forum is being hosted by the Auto Mall Association and facilitated by the city of Thousand Oaks. The meeting is designed to provide project […]

Cal Oaks Bank now California United

T.O.-based bank was bought out last month

Thousand Oaks-based Cal Oaks State Bank was acquired last month by Encino- based California United Bank. “We’re excited to expand our presence in such a strategic part of Southern California,” said David Rainer, president and chief executive of California United Bank, making the announcement Jan. 3. “This, we think, is a win-win for their customers and our customers and the […]

Give us your best

A community’s most precious resources aren’t the amenities it boasts, but the people who make them possible. In March, the Thousand Oaks Acorn will reveal its list of the Top 25 Local People of 2011, a golden salute to the leaders and volunteers, business people and educators who’ve proven to be the key players in our community over the past […]

Political Cartoon

Solar panels aren’t a bright idea

Thank you for your coverage of the Newbury Park Library solar panels in your last issue. I am a resident of Newbury Park and was at the community meeting on the issue. An associate of mine was at the City Council meeting when this project was unanimously approved by the sitting council members. Neither at the community meeting nor at […]

All council pay must be reviewed

I was glad to see that the Thousand Oaks City Council is “finally” getting around to looking into the lifetime benefits issue. Hopefully they will get this injustice corrected quickly. Did we ever figure out who approved this in the first place? Next up, I would hope that the entire City Council part-time pay package is reviewed. What is their […]