LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 3, 2005--City National Bank, thesecond largest independent bank headquartered in California, todayannounced that it will raise its prime lending rate from 5.75 percentto 6.00 percent effective May 3, 2005.

About City National

City National Corporation (NYSE:CYN) is a financial servicescompany with $13.9 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 nearly $36 billion.

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

CONTACT: City National Bank
Investors:
Christopher J. Carey, 310-888-6777
chris.carey@cnb.com
or
Media:
Cary Walker, 213-833-4715
cary.walker@cnb.com

SOURCE: City National Bank