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Founder, Owner, and Publisher David “DJ” Fransen:
Born and raised in Turlock, Fransen’s roots run deep in the community. Going as far back as the early 1900s, his grandparents on both sides contributed to what Turlock is today. This includes the Martinez family, of Martinez Plywood, who were involved with much of Turlock’s development.
“This ‘old’ Turlock background and my participation in the ‘new’ Turlock makes me a true representative of today’s Turlock,” Fransen said. “I am open about future change but know and won’t forget the past that made Turlock great.”
Fransen got his start in business when he opened Turlock’s first skateboard shop in 1996. The shop closed permanently in 2005, when Fransen decided to focus full-time on TurlockCityNews.com.
But before the shop closed, Fransen led the effort to construct the Turlock Skate Park, a seven-year odyssey requiring public demonstrations, fundraising events, and re-designing the park three times before its 2004 opening. Fransen also spearheaded the Turlock BMX Bike Park project, which opened in 2009.
Fransen has been intimately involved with the City of Turlock throughout the years. Fransen worked for the City for more than seven years in maintenance with a short stint in the finance department, partnered with the Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association to lead major downtown events, and ran a radio talk show, Turlock City Radio.
His aspirations turned political in 2006, when Fransen ran for Mayor of Turlock at the age of 29. Fransen has since run for City Council seats in 2008 and 2010, without success, and now says he is done with politics.
Today, Fransen runs TurlockCityNews.com and Pressert Marketing, a marketing and business strategy firm.