2012-04-19

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'Paywall' removed

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.

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Prep basketball player nets $20,000 scholarship



Police arrest 3 in connection with string of burglaries

‘Knock-knock’ break-ins are on the rise, TOPD say

Authorities say they’ve recovered property stolen from homes in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park in recent months and found those responsible for the burglaries. On April 11, detectives from the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Investigations Bureau and Special Enforcement Unit, following up on leads, executed search warrants on two T.O. residences. Stolen items were discovered during the searches, according to […]

Goebel Center weighing name change

Facility may drop the word ‘senior’ from its title


In an effort to attract a younger clientele, the Goebel Senior Adult Center in Thousand Oaks may remove “senior” from its name. Tonight, the Conejo Recreation and Park District board of directors will decide at its 7:30 p.m. meeting whether to change the center’s name to Goebel Adult Community Center and approve the tagline “Connect, Enrich, Invigorate.” The potential change […]

Loss of state funding forces city to make cuts




The elimination of its redevelopment agency coupled with a state takeaway of vehicle license fees is forcing the City of Thousand Oaks to cut spending and recuperate savings. At last week’s City Council meeting, the council approved a plan to cover the loss of $387,000 in license fees with savings in salaries and benefits of $247,000 and savings in police […]

Council requires less parking spaces at The Lakes




To make way for Caruso Affiliated’s plans to convert The Lakes into a center comprised of restaurants only, the City Council last week agreed to ease the parking requirements imposed on the shopping center. In a 3-0 vote on April 10, the council changed the required parking ratios for restaurants and retail uses at The Lakes, which sits on city-owned […]

Prostitution sting lands 3 in custody

Police create setup after responding to online ad


An undercover prostitution sting at a Newbury Park motel led to three arrests last month, according to police. Claudia Silverio, 26, Elizabeth Silverio, 23, and Charles Castner, 48, were arrested on March 23 following a Thousand Oaks Police operation at the La Quinta Inn on Newbury Road. All three have been accused of soliciting prostitution. Claudia Silverio faces an additional […]

You and the race for Congress



Six candidates make up the final field for the newly drawn 26th U.S. Congressional District, which includes Westlake Village, Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Camarillo. They will slug it out in the June 5 primary, and the top two votegetters— no matter which party they’re in—will advance to the general election in November. Because this is the first year […]

Cartoon



Bilingual shouldn’t be a requirement



I recently read an ad in a local paper. It read, “Subway now hiring. Experience preferred. Bilingual, apply in person.” This ad seems to me to discriminate against all non-Spanish speaking people—so much for any student needing part-time work or for any unemployed father or mother or others willing to work in the fast food industry if they cannot speak […]

Liberals live in world of make-believe



In the Feb. 2 Acorn, Sherry Jensen wrote, “I’ve asked deniers to name even one scientist without ties to big oil who says climate change is a hoax. They can’t, yet people continue to believe the lies of the super-rich.” In past letters, I have provided references to studies by Dr. Christopher Scotese and Dr. Robert Berner. I’ll add Dr. […]