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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.


Fundraiser takes a bite out of crime

Springville development inches forward

. City to host public hearing on May 9

Next month, developers of a 95-acre parcel on the north side of the 101 Freeway will present the Camarillo City Council with a rough layout of the development, which will include residential and commercial units, and open space. The development, to be built on farmland, is part of the Springville Specific Plan. It hinges on next month’s completion of the […]

Two vie for county superior court bench

Bradley Bjelke says if he’s elected to serve as a judge on the Ventura County Superior Court he will update technology and case management operations and breathe new life into the court. It can take up to two years to resolve a case through litigation, said Bjelke, a Thousand Oaks attorney who is competing against veteran Judge Harry Walsh to […]

Full slate of candidates expected at Acorn-CLU debate

The Acorn Newspapers— in partnership with California Lutheran University and Time Warner Cable—will host a candidates’ forum at 7 p.m. Mon., May 7 inside CLU’s Lundring center (next to Gilbert gym) for the 26th U.S. Congressional District race. It will be the public’s chance to meet the candidates and see them discuss the issues that face the newly formed 26th […]

Give Mom her moment

Mother’s Day is Sun., May 13, and the Camarillo Acorn wants your mom to receive the recognition she deserves. In 100 words or fewer, please write and tell us about your favorite Mom Moment. Whether it’s a poignant memory, a funny incident or just a few kind words for Mom, your thoughts are important. Even if she’s passed on, we’d […]

Camarillo man suspected of fatal DUI in Santa Barbara

Police said a Camarillo man suspected of driving under the influence in Santa Barbara caused a car crash that killed one of his passengers last week. Manuel Camarillo, 49, was driving a Ford pickup truck west on Highway 154 on April 18 at about 2:40 a.m., according to the Santa Barbara California Highway Patrol. Camarillo was speeding around a sharp […]

Tips for protecting cars, home against crooks

As a result of a recent increase in burglaries of home garages left open and unattended in the afternoon and evenings, police remind residents to close and lock their exterior and interior garage doors when the area is vacant. Thieves have also stolen items from inside vehicles parked inside open garages. When the warm weather arrives, do not leave windows […]


Camarillo A purse was stolen from an unlocked car April 17 in the 1000 block of Bollin Street. Dos Caminos School, 3635 Appian Way, reported that someone forced entry into two classrooms by breaking a window between April 17 and 18 and turned over tables, smashed computers, splattered paint and expelled a fire extinguisher throughout the rooms. Someone stole property […]

Don’t lie around in May

To all the couch potatoes, smartphone junkies and computer-screen starers: There’s no excuse to stay home in May in Camarillo. The weather? Can’t be. Aside from the rare shower, it’s perfect, not too cold at night, not too hot during the day. No money? No problem. Several events—like tonight’s Cruise Night car show in Old Town—are free to attend, and […]

FEMA and its slow response

In reading the article last week “Mini Cooper dealership moves forward,”was anyone else appalled concerning the time it took the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an agency of our federal government, to approve the compliance work done by Steve Thomas BMW in Camarillo required for the new dealership being 8 percent in a flood zone? It took three weeks to […]