City National Bank has long history among Los Angeles power elite

Bram Goldsmith, left, has seen it all at City National Bank. Son-in-law of a founder, he was a client in the 1950s, joined the board in 1964 and became chief executive in 1975. Son Russell Goldsmith, right, became CEO in 1995.

( Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times / May 11, 2012 )

Bram Goldsmith, left, has seen it all at City National Bank. Son-in-law of a founder, he was a client in the 1950s, joined the board in 1964 and became chief executive in 1975. Son Russell Goldsmith, right, became CEO in 1995.

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