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Beverly Hills, 9021-owe?

Anyone up for a $395 million Rodeo Drive shopping spree? 

Apparently the latest recipient of U.S. Treasury cash is the City National Bank in posh Beverly Hills.  According to the Los Angeles Times, the bank is taking part in the government’s $250 billion cash infusion and made no promises about how it would use the $395 million it’s getting.

The government funding “clearly enhances our financial capacity to make acquisitions and … to lend to a larger degree,” Russell Goldsmith, chief executive of City National Corp, told the newspaper.

About 20 banks are expected to announce soon that they’re getting government cash in exchange for preferred shares. Some members of Congress have complained that Treasury is handing over the money with too few strings attached, and they want stricter rules on how the banks must use the money.

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Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (L) and Assistant Secretary for International Economics and Development Neel Kashkari are pictured in an undated handout photo.The U.S. Treasury Department expects to name asset managers for its $700 billion financial rescue plan within days and is working “around the clock” to thaw credit markets, the program’s new chief, Neel Kashkari , announced Monday.They’ve tapped investment consultants Ennis Knupp and lawyers Simpson Thatcher to help out. Reuben Jeffrey, a State Department official, is going to be interim chief investment officer while chief financial officer for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Tom Bloom, will serve as the program’s CFO.The Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, known as TARP, also has provisions for limiting executive pay packages.Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (L) and Neel KashkariWhat advice would you give to officials at the Treasury?If you want to read Kashkari’s speech in its entirety, click here