California community bank executives and thrift leaders are of two minds about the battle for Great Western Financial Corp.

Their attitudes highlight the fact that as much as Great Western and its rival, H.F. Ahmanson & Co., have tried to become more like banks, they're thought of as thrifts by others in the business.

Limited Time Offer

Save $400 off your subscription. Special offer ends April 30, 2017.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.