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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.


2022-12-31 E-Edition


From uncertainty to resilience, Simi saw its share of valleys and peaks

The year 2022 was a chance for Simi Valley to turn the page and start a new chapter after the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the world over the past two years. While the virus remained a threat, restrictions slowly began to ease and life in Simi returned to some semblance of normalcy. However, differences in opinion on how the pandemic was […]

SVUSD board certifies interim budget

Thanks to funding from the state, the Simi Valley Unified School District has some financial breathing room in the coming year. SVUSD’s board of trustees pored over the district’s 2022-23 interim budget earlier this month and voted to give it a positive certification. In other business at its Dec. 13 meeting, the board welcomed Kristina Pine as its newest trustee […]

Erasing the past

Tattoo removal program coming to Simi clinic offers people a fresh start

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors inked a deal this month to offer tattoo removal services in Simi Valley. By a unanimous vote Dec. 6, the board approved an agreement that will bring the county program to the Free Clinic of Simi Valley. The free clinic, which has served the community for 51 years, is at 2003 Royal Avenue. Supervisor […]

Stick a fork in 2022, it’s done


Today, as the clock ticks off the final hours of 2022, we can’t help but have bittersweet feelings about the year gone by. More bitter than sweet, we’d be smart to say. An optimist, the old saying goes, stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. Both […]

Editorial Cartoon

Public servant thanks residents

For the past 10 years, I have been privileged to serve on the Simi Valley Planning Commission as the nominee of Councilmember and then Mayor Keith Mashburn. With Mayor Mashburn’s retirement and election of new councilmembers, my time on the planning commission comes to an end. I hope that all those who came before the commission during that time felt […]

Victim speaks out, offers help

What if a police officer came to your doorstep, took your horrific police report, went back to the station, finished writing it, and ended his shift by typing, “Case closed” with the report? If you knew this was happening to sex-trafficking victims who have reported to the police and been met with victim shaming throughout the process, would you be […]

Criticizes writer’s critique

I could not help but note the letter writer’s hyperbolic critique of school teachers in the Dec. 24 edition of the Acorn. “ There are so many bad apples” needs to be quantified by specific data. It would be comparable to claiming the same for police officers, paramedics, social workers and more. One senses a deeper agenda in the letter […]

Council OKs appointment of three planning commissioners

Natalie (Ivana) Mayer and Lee Kennedy will join the Simi Valley Planning Commission when the board meets Jan. 4. The five-member commission reviews and approves a wide variety of planning applications and makes recommendations to the council on issues such as zone changes and major development projects. On Dec. 12, the City Council unanimously voted to approve the appointment of […]