I got VERY lucky and just happened to stroll into a store in San Diego that happened to have it when I was already considering it. The store was:
Nelson Photo Supplies
1909 India Street, San Diego, CA
I believe the person I dealt with was Nancy. I'm certain that they'd ship it if they have it in stock. When I bought mine, she said her other store had it in stock too. At the time, I bought the last one that store had in stock (along with their last 20mm 1.7!). She said that they intended to try to keep them in stock.
I don't know much about EPP except a Google search shows it to be an employee purchase program. I don't know any employees of Panasonic.
My co has a partnership with Panasonic. I understand that Panasonic honors the same EPP price through their facebook account. I don't know what facebook is or how it works but you can try.