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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.


The splendor of baroque music

The Music Department at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks will sponsor an evening of baroque music performed by Ensemble Bella Musica with authentic instruments on Sun., June 11, at 4 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel on the campus Under the direction of Joshua Shekhtir, the ensemble will present a musical mosaic of the compositions written by Georg Philipp Telemann during […]

The $96,000 question

A friend’s recent discussion with an area real estate broker went something like this: Buyer: “I want to buy my own home, but I don’t have a big down payment saved up.” Agent: “We can help find you a 1,400-square-foot two-bedroom condo for between $450,000 and $500,000, with a nothing-down loan, and have you set up with monthly payments of […]

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"The Da Vinci Code"

“The Da Vinci Code”Directed by: Ron Howard Starring: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, Paul Bettany Rating: PG-13 (for some violence and scenes of self-mutilation, slight nudity, adult themes) Running time: 149 minutes Best suited for: Dan Brown fans, Revisionist-theory advocates, the curious Least suited for: The unflinchingly faithful, Opus Deists, those who haven’t read the […]

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The Hills Are Alive Have you looked up from your gardening lately to see what is happening on the hillsides that surround us? Raise your head from your garden spade, your car steering wheel, or your fast food fries and you will see that, as you whiz by them on the freeway, our hills have turned a luscious near-fluorescent yellow. […]

Strickland’s comments crossed the border

I am writing in regard to Assemblymember Audra Strickland’s remarks regarding illegal immigrants. Without a doubt, Mrs. Strickland’s remarks are blatantly racist. Her assumption that illegal immigrants hurt public schools, healthcare, the economy, jobs, housing and social services is completely unfounded and solely based on her xenophobia. First and foremost, whether people like to acknowledge it or not, illegal immigrants […]

Big praise for small school

Thank you for the lovely article about the High School at Moorpark College. As co-president of the Parent Student Staff Association (PSSA) there, I would like to clarify a common misconception about this fine school. Many residents are under the impression that the HS@MC is for troubled or misfit students. While some students have traveled a difficult path, most students […]

Summer youth bus passes available now

Young Moorpark residents cansave money this summer by buying a Summer Youth Pass. The $20 pass may be purchased at City Hall and at the Arroyo Vista Recreation Center. It buys unlimited travel on Moorpark City Transit and the Beach Bus from June 1 through Sept. 15. The pass is available to youth age 21 and under. Call (805) 517-6257 […]

Dog team to play at Cajun Creole Music Festival

The Purina Incredible Dog Team will perform acrobatic tricks for the whole family at the 17th annual Cajun Creole Music Festival, a fundraiser sponsored by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, on Sat. and Sun., May 27 and 28 in Simi Valley. The team will demonstrate precision dog training with three 25-minute shows each day, beginning at noon. The team […]

Rotarians bring music fest to Simi Valley

This year’s Cajun Creole Music Festival promises to be the biggest and best in its 17-year history, according to Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise organizers. The festival will take place Memorial Day weekend from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sat., May 27 and Sun., May 28 at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park at 5005 Los Angeles Ave. in Simi […]

Gypsies in a Trunk bring new fairy tale play to local parks

“The Hare and the Tortoise” races to a nearby park in June as the Gypsies in a Trunk continue the 12th season of free Fairytales in the Park. The hare is the fastest animal in the forest and the animal with the largest ego. A misunderstood remark from the tortoise propels them into the race of races. Wacky hosts Biff […]