A small Southern California thrift is moving into an emerging entrepreneurial center to fill a trust management void left by the departure of two giant commercial banks.

PFF Bancorp, a $2.1 billion-asset company based in Pomona, Calif., has opened a trust office in Riverside - a county seat abandoned by both BankAmerica Corp. and the since-acquired First Interstate Bank of California. Riverside County contains such wealthy desert enclaves as Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and Indian Wells.

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