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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.


Basketball great brings a little Christmas magic

On Christmas Eve, Katie Dahm and about 15 members of her extended family spent the day huddled together—not in front of a fire beneath the glow of a perfectly lit Douglas fir, but in the lobby of Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. Dahm’s grandmother and the beloved matriarch of the clan, 91-year-old Miriam (Mimi) Jaffe of Thousand Oaks, had […]

Woman, 90, robbed inside T.O. home

The man responsible for robbing a 90-year-old woman at gunpoint in her Thousand Oaks home last week remains on the lam. (UPDATE: Arrest was made Wednesday afternoon. The suspect, 37-year-old Rocael Osorio of Van Nuys, has been charged with armed robbery and elder abuse. He’s being held on $500,000 bail. See link: www.toacorn.com/news/2014-01-09/Front_Page/Arrest_made_in_home_invasion_robbery.html). About 2:30 p.m. Jan. 2, the man rang the […]

Dog owners working to develop more canine-friendly rec areas

A group of local dog owners is working to form a nonprofit foundation that would directly benefit Thousand Oaks’ Conejo Creek Dog Park and help develop other canine recreation activities in the city. One of the group’s first matters of business: trying to establish more off-leash areas where local pups can roam free. “Right now, the only legal place to […]

City Council considers water rate hikes Jan. 14

The Thousand Oaks City Council will consider both water and wastewater rate hikes for residents who purchase their water from the City of Thousand Oaks at a public hearing next week. Members of the public will have a chance to voice their opinions on the proposed increases at the City Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tues., Jan. 14. in City […]

Los Robles Hospital searching for next CEO

Greg Angle leaves following promotion

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is still searching for a chief executive officer, more than a month after the hospital’s parent company, Hospital Corporation of America, announced the appointment of Greg Angle as president of its Salt Lake City-based Mountain Division. Angle, who became CEO of the now 365-bed hospital in Thousand Oaks in 2009, began his new position […]

TOPD deputy injured in weekend crash

The cause of last Saturday’s Newbury Park collision, in which a Ventura County sheriff’s deputy crashed his patrol car into a vehicle driven by a 54-year-old Arcadia man, is still under investigation. The deputy, whose name had not been released as of press time Wednesday, was responding to an emergency call of a “fight in progress” just after 6 p.m. […]

Should T.O. be dog friendlier?

A new special interest group could be emerging in Thousand Oaks, and this one’s armed with squeaky toys, tennis balls and small plastic bags. They’re called dog owners, and some of them are asking for a little more lead from the Conejo Recreation and Park District to be able to take Fido and Lassie off the leash. The Thousand Oaks […]

Proposed rate hike questioned

The City of Thousand Oaks is once again proposing to raise our water rates. Having reviewed the city water report and conferred with several of our neighbors, we thought it would be prudent to highlight a few areas of concern. The No. 1 issue is the sheer magnitude of the rate hikes. The proposal calls for 7.5 percent rate hikes […]

Increase based on assumptions

Regarding the proposed water rate increases, the report provided to Thousand Oaks by Rafetlis Financial Consultants Inc. (RFC) states that the city’s water enterprise is operating in an environment where revenues from rates are outpaced by operating expenditures, costs to maintain existing infrastructure and water supply costs. Interestingly enough, RFC based the need for an increase of 5.5 percent per […]

Irwin’s affiliation questioned

Some people are saying that Jacqui Irwin is a strong candidate for state Assembly. If that’s true, I have to wonder, which party is she with? Irwin has been deceptively quiet on her positions and since she won’t answer, we have to look at whose ideas she endorses. Since she has not publicly endorsed Democrats in any major race in […]