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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.


Tour of California enjoys big finish

Thousands take in Sunday spectacle

Cheers, whistles, flags and cowbells greeted riders as they circled through Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village at high speeds on Sunday during the last stage of the Amgen Tour of California. An estimated 15,000 spectators crowded the area near the finish line, and another 10,000 fans followed the race from the Santa Monica Mountains and along residential streets, […]

Theater group in danger of folding

Lack of donations, rent hike puts Cabrillo in jeopardy

Donations have been coming in from around the country since Cabrillo Music Theatre announced last week that it may cancel its upcoming season if it doesn’t raise $250,000 by Aug. 1. The organization has nurtured young performers and entertained audiences at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza for the past 20 years. One check came from a woman in New […]

Notice anything different?

The five Acorn newspapers— Agoura Hills-Calabasas Westlake Village-Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Camarillo and Moorpark— are rolling out a new front page design this week. We ’ v e also added a Contents page and reworked our Opinion section, all in hopes of more effectively engaging with readers. Our goal in changing page 1 is simple: free up more […]

Newbury Park man found in possession of bomb-making materials, police say

Neighbors alert cops to shots fired

A Newbury Park man was arrested last week on suspicion of weapons-related felonies and possessing bomb-making materials after a late-night report of shots fired led law enforcement to his home. Police say 32-year-old Jason Kyle Smith had a small arsenal—including three assault rifles, several hundred rounds of ammunition and homemade explosives—at his Newbury Park home when he was arrested May […]

Trio fights back against home invader

Masked teen enters house with gun, leaves in cuffs

Three people were able to thwart an attempted home invasion robbery in Newbury Park last week. Around 2 p.m. May 15, a 17-year-old boy armed with a handgun forced his way into a home in the 800 block of Cayo Grande Court near Peppertree Playfield, according to the Thousand Oaks Police Department. The teen, whose name police would not release […]

Police on lookout for seat belt violations

Don’t want to wrinkle your suit? Just making a short trip? Can’t find it in the back? The Thousand Oaks Police Department expects to hear plenty of excuses this month as it and the California Highway Patrol crack down on seat belt violators, part of a nationwide effort to encourage drivers and their passengers to buckle up. “Memorial Day weekend […]

Tour of California organizers—take a victory lap

We wish Great Britain’s Sir Bradley Wiggins—champion of the 2014 Tour of California—could have made room atop the podium Sunday for the many people who contributed to the day’s success, for they truly deserved to don the yellow jersey. Balmy weather greeted the throngs of cycling fans and spectators who trekked to the Conejo Valley this past weekend to catch […]

Teach youths about Hitler

The situation involving a group of ill-informed Oak Park students tweeting birthday wishes to Adolf Hitler leads me to believe that the teaching of history at the high school level hasn’t improved since my graduation in 1968. I’m not at all surprised at the often staggering ignorance of children in our highly cocooned Conejo Valley. They simply don’t know any […]

Reaction to tweets excessive

While I don’t condone the actions of the Oak Park High School students who tweeted insensitive remarks towards the Jewish community, I’m a little perplexed at our society’s reaction. We seem to hold the indiscretions of teenagers to a higher standard than professional journalists. For example, when derogatory cartoons about Muhammad were published, hardly anyone in the media called it […]

Change rules on tree trimming

Several years ago I was awakened by a loud crash at 3 a.m. Upon inspection, I discovered a large bough, weighing at least a ton, from one of my five numbered oak trees had split off at the main trunk and smashed into the corner of the roof next to a bedroom. Fortunately the damage to the house was light, […]