Pressure from activist investors is starting to wear on George E. Langley.

The president and chief executive of Foothill Independent Bancorp insists that the Glendora, Calif., company wants to remain independent. But with New York investment group Basswood Partners calling for the company to improve its performance or put itself on the block, Mr. Langley is working overtime - discussing strategy with attorneys, updating employees, and, above all, trying to hang on to customers.

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