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DA announces $1.4 M settlement in Walgreens lawsuit

Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee announced Jan. 9 that his office's Consumer Protection Unit, along with prosecutors from San Mateo, Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties, had reached a settlement of $1,425,000 in a lawsuit against Walgreen Co.

Walgreens agreed to compensate customers for overcharging by failing on multiple occasions to ensure that prices marked on its shelves matched the prices charged at the cash register.

The company also advertised discounted prices for using "Register Reward" coupons without clearly disclosing that the coupons required another purchase to benefit from the savings.

“Consumers have a right to expect that products will be accurately priced,” Lee stated in a news release. “They should be protected from careless or intentional pricing errors.”

As part of the settlement, Walgreens will offer a “Scanner Price Guarantee” to compensate shoppers who find price discrepancies at the time of checkout.

The terms of the guarantee will be posted in every Walgreens store in California.

Consumers in Santa Cruz County who believe they are the victim of a price overcharge can call the Santa Cruz County Consumer Affairs Office at 454-2050.


SV Artisans to launch art sales website

Scotts Valley Artisans is attempting to create a nonprofit art sales website where Santa Cruz County artists can show and sell their work.

To get the site started, the organization has set out to raise $12,000 in start-up funds on

The goal of Scotts Valley Artisans’ curated website would be to highlight artists working in Santa Cruz County and gain a national audience for their works. 

Artists would pay a small annual fee to appear on the site, which would cover website maintenance costs. Staff at Scotts Valley Artisans, 230-D Mount Hermon Road, would handle inquiries and orders.

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SLV Museum offers docent classes

San Lorenzo Valley Museum will host training classes for volunteer docents Feb. 2 and 3.

A one-hour class at 3 p.m. Feb. 2, a Saturday, will cover the basics of opening and closing the museum, greeting visitors and handling bookstore sales, exhibits, research questions and other tasks. 

An hourlong class beginning at 1 p.m. the following day will go over the story each museum exhibit tells and the history of that story.

New volunteers and present docents who are interested in attending either class should call Lynda Phillips at 338-8382.


Supervisor announces meeting times


Bruce McPherson, 5th District supervisor, will have regular constituent meetings to talk with district residents from noon to 2 p.m. the first three Wednesdays of each month at the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s San Lorenzo Valley Community Service Center, 6059 Highway 9, in Felton.

The first meeting was Wednesday, Jan. 16, and the next is Wednesday, Jan. 23.

The meetings will be held on a first-come, first served basis in the conference room of the building shared by the service center and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

McPherson will host an evening meeting the fourth Wednesday of each month at various locations throughout the district.

The first evening meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum, 12547 Highway 9, in Boulder Creek.

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