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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.


2020-12-04 E-Edition

Celebrating safely with Santa Claus

CHRISTMAS WISHES—With COVID cases surging, Santa Claus is finding ways to stay socially distanced. Moorpark siblings Alex Jaramillo, 10, and Olivia, 6, visit with St. Nick on Nov. 24 at the Simi Valley Town Center. Visits with Santa are by appointment only; make reservations online at svsanta.com.

Hospitals prep surge plans

Officials say they’re ready for influx of patients

With a vaccine on the horizon, public health officials are calling on residents to hunker down for what could be the worst of the coronavirus in Ventura County. On Wednesday, Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin announced the county had identified 794 new cases of COVID-19 the day before, the largest single day total to date. He said the milestone […]

Head of drug unit: We’re a meth county

Sheriff’s office says seizure of narcotic up 49% this year

It was a foggy morning in late September when deputies arrived at the scene. Surfers in the water watched from a distance as Ventura County Sheriff’s Capt. Brian Slominski investigated the slate-blue fishing vessel, or panga boat, abandoned on the rocky, pebbled shoreline at County Line beach in Malibu near where Los Angeles and Ventura counties meet. Its fiberglass hull […]

County formulating plan for vaccine distribution

Side effects are ‘tolerable,’ Levin says

Ventura County’s public health officer said Wednesday that he expects the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to arrive locally in two to three weeks. The initial people to receive the vaccine will be frontline healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses and housekeepers, and residents and employees of long-term care facilities, Dr. Robert Levin said during a news conference. “Less […]

Church conversion suit tossed

Godspeak Calvary Chapel, the religious institution known locally as the church defying COVID-related public health orders by meeting indoors while not wearing masks, has won a legal battle, but it has nothing to do with the coronavirus. In 2018, a group calling itself the Dos Vientos Community Preservation Association brought suit against Godspeak, the City of Thousand Oaks and Heavenly […]

Recent home fires a reminder to take precautions


Much is said about the dangers of wild fires, a threat county residents know all too well, especially during a dry winter like the one we’re in now. But a series of local house fires last month serves as a reminder that we need to be take steps to protect the interiors of our homes and garages from the destructive […]

Treated wood has become hazardous waste


Treated wood is common not only in railroad ties and telephone poles, but also in household construction such as fence posts, sill plates, landscape timbers, pilings, guardrails and decking. When rules concerning the disposal of treated wood expire at the end of December, the product could become much more expensive to discard. According to the website of the California Department […]

Political Cartoon

Lawmakers want bank to answer for frozen funds

Calling Bank of America’s practice of freezing debit cards containing unemployment benefits for more than 350,000 Californians “simply unacceptable,” Sen. Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles) joined a bi-partisan group of 59 state lawmakers calling on the bank to start answering questions about its practices. “My office has been hearing from people every single day for the past two months, hundreds and […]