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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.


VCFD: Always searching for a better way

Ventura County Fire Department captains Guy Horton and Mark Seastrom remember the team effort it took to wade through muck and search for survivors after deadly mudslides tore through Montecito in January. “We were just waist- to chest-deep in mud, digging out and performing rescues,” said Seastrom, who’s been a firefighter for 19 years. More than 100 homes were destroyed […]

Pinecrest plans now public

Proposal includes senior apartments

A site which for over 40 years was dedicated to serving children is now proposed for the city’s most significant senior housing project in over a decade. Developer City Ventures is expected to come before the Thousand Oaks City Council on Sept. 25 with a two-part plan to put 130 market-rate townhomes and 80 affordable senior apartments on the 11-acre […]

Alleged BB gun shooter facing felony

A transient suspected of shooting a city employee with a BB gun last month has been charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon, court records show. Craig Hudgins, 54, pleaded not guilty to the charge during an August arraignment in Ventura County Superior Court. Police say Hudgins was sleeping in an illegally parked motor home behind the Newbury Park […]

Newest member of the family

City, dispensary operator finalize agreement

The reality of a cannabis dispensary in Thousand Oaks is another step closer. Effective Aug. 27, the city and Legendary Organics have in place an operations agreement. In early July, the City Council selected Legendary from three finalists vying for the single medical cannabis dispensary permit the city had chosen to issue. The operations agreement outlines conditions the dispensary must […]

Neighbor accused of nasty tactics

A Thousand Oaks man has been charged with felony vandalism after police say he was caught on camera dumping human waste on his neighbor’s SUV. James Pierson, 55, pleaded not guilty Sept. 4 in a Ventura County courtroom. Because he has a serious felony on his record, Pierson could do prison time if convicted. The owner of the SUV, Joseph […]

Son’s memory keeps family fighting on


To any parent who’s suffered the loss of a child, hearts everywhere go out. To anyone whose child is currently sick with a terminal illness, we don’t even know where to begin. The pain and the unimaginable loss must be horrific. No parent should have to watch their child die. After accidents, cancer is the second leading cause of death […]

Trees help make T.O. Boulevard a ‘destination’

I’m pleased to see the original “destination” vision of mixed-use development on the west end of E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard. At the same time, the decision to take out so many trees to put in enough parking lot for visitors really rubs me to chagrin. I believe that choosing visitor parking over trees is a misguided, myopic business decision. A […]

Council did right thing approving project

Congratulations and many thanks to the Thousand Oaks City Council for approving the very well-designed mixed-use project at 299 E. T.O. Blvd. This is exactly the sort of well-balanced infill project that moves our community forward to a brighter future for young adult employees of so many businesses in the Conejo Valley who want reasonable housing options and walking access […]

Good growth means striking a balance

As a member of Conejo Oak Tree Advocates and the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, I believe a healthy city requires balance between our natural environment and business development. We cannot save every tree nor every small business. And yet it’s still important to try. The City Council recently approved a mixed-use development at 299 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. […]