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ed perez first came to my attention when i received his email last year commenting on 'the page'. favorable comments about 'the page' have been sufficiently rare that i immediately sensed ed was an extraordinary person and someone i liked a lot. subsequent meetings over the last year have confirmed my first impression.

since that email ed has become cdu's sacramento area coordinator, the webmaster for the cdu website, and was elected president of dlc 782. he also participated in the union's successful recission campaign.

i was curious about ed's sudden appearance within our ranks. he has become a respected leader within the reform movement nearly over night, putting the lie to any notion that the path to reform leadership is closed.

who is this hardworking dedicated activist?

in april or may i suggested a future conversation and in june emailed him for a time and place. we agreed to meet at the fish pond on the east side of the capital, noon, on june 14th, flag day.
we wandered about capital park until we found a shaded, somewhat quiet bench and talked.
ed is EP, and i am DW.

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DW: Lets start with your background, where do you work and when did you begin?

EP: I work for the state board of equalization (BOE), I started in Oct 1990.
I was living in San Francisco and the opening for the board of equalization was in San Rafael and it required commuting over the Golden Gate Bridge.
I hesitated for awhile, it being in San Rafael, but I needed to get my foot in the door so I went ahead and took the position.
A couple years later an opening came up in San Francisco, so I transferred over and worked there from 1993 to 1995.

While there I helped set up Johan Klehs's (a member of the board of equalization) field office in Hayward.
In 1995 the board of equalization began consolidating their telephone customer service functions to a central call center in Sacramento. We were one of the last agencies to move in this direction. until then callers to BOE offices were handled locally.
I saw the writing on the wall, that everything was converging to Sacramento, so accepted a position at our emerging call center. I was one of about a dozen people that started the call center. Now though one of the youngest employee at the call center, I am one of the most senior staff there because over time the other 'pioneers' moved on.

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