No one seems to want to run Trump's EPA in Californi

Perhaps it is unsurprising that the White House still hasn't filled this job: San Francisco is not an inviting place for the Make America Great Again administration.

But the administration's effort to fill one of its most important environmental jobs — chief of the Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters for California and the rest of the Pacific Southwest — keeps going sideways.

On Tuesday, an oil and gas lobbyist from New Mexico who, according to several people inside the Trump administration, was poised to fill the post told The Times it was all a big mistake. He'd be staying put in New Mexico.

"I am not leaving my current role as Executive Director of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association for any position at EPA or elsewhere within the federal government," said an email from Ryan Flynn.

That unwavering declaration caught some in the administration off guard. Flynn had already been spotted at EPA offices this week, where staff in the building reported he was fingerprinted, a final step before assuming the role as head of EPA Region 9.

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