LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 22, 2005--City National Bank,the second largest independent bank headquartered in California, todayannounced that it will raise its prime lending rate from 5.50 percentto 5.75 percent effective March 22, 2005.

About City National

City National Corporation (NYSE:CYN) is a financial servicescompany with $14.2 billion in total assets. Its wholly ownedsubsidiary, City National Bank, is California's Premier Private andBusiness Bank(R). It provides banking, investment and trust servicesthrough 52 offices, including 12 full-service regional centers, inSouthern California, the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. Thecompany and its affiliates manage more than $16 billion of clienttrust and investment assets. Assets under management or administrationamount to more than $35 billion.

For more information about City National, visit the company'sWebsite at cnb.com.

CONTACT: City National Bank
Christopher J. Carey, 310.888.6777
Cary Walker, 213.833.4715

SOURCE: City National Bank