Immigrants now constitute the majority of San Pablo and Richmond's population. For this show, the Easy Bay Landscape Painters went to locations that attracted their interest, and completed their paintings right there. This naturally caught the interest of residents as well as the San Pablo City Council. They were able to talk to the residents and passers-by, who were wonderful and welcoming. This in itself was a valuable learning experience, and part of making art outdoors. But, the San Pablo Redevelopment Agency had been facing opposition over its use of eminent domain, a power used by cities o take over residential areas and turn them over to private redevelopers. This move had been the subject of protests by San Pablo residents, as more than 90% of the city qualifies for this provision. This explains why, while our group was painting in San Pablo, mobile home residents stepped out to ask questions. They were concerned about our activities and asked "if we were with the city." It is in this political context that our paintings of mobile home parks became the object of controversy.