by Jodi Summers

The City of Santa Monica seems to get a lot of money for a lot of prototype projects.

Thanks to a grant from CalRecycle’s Tire Derived Product program, more than 5,000 tires were diverted from landfills, incineration and illegal dumping and used to create innovative products that facilitate life in Santa Monica.

By recycling tires into crumb rubber, the City of Santa Monica’s Resource Recovery & Recycling Division (RRR) has inspired the Boardwalk to the Sea. 298 rubberized planks were recently installed on the beach north of the Santa Monica Pier as an extension to the existing wooden boardwalk. The Boardwalk to the Sea offers individuals with disabilities (ADA) access to the sea at high tide.

Recently, rubber bumpers were installed in trash enclosures to alleviate damage to walls and doors when pushing and pulling trash, recycling and food waste bins to the trucks for collection.  It’s estimated approximately 2,500 passenger tire equivalents were reused for the purpose of quieting bin enclosures, diverted them from the landfill.

Another innovation, curb ramps, facilitate city staff in the pushing and pulling or recycling, trash and food waste bins. Designed to fit snugly in the curb gutters, these ramps allow employees to easily maneuver the very heavy dumpsters off of the curbs to the collection trucks. These rubber ramps, made from approximately 440 tires, are stored in the collection vehicles. As a result, injuries to employees have lessened when using this tire derived product.

L.A. County has partnered with CalRecycle in using scrap tires in roadway rehabilitation projects. Scrap tires could be used to make rubberized asphalt concrete and slurry for use on road maintenance and resurfacing projects. It has many advantages and benefits over regular asphalt concrete. The County uses it in many of its street rehabilitation projects and chances are you have driven on rubberized asphalt concrete.

In Los Angeles County, approximately 10 million waste tires are generated annually.



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About Jodi Summers

Jodi Summers
Sotheby’s International Realty

Jodi Summers Bio

With $100,000,000 in listed inventory, Jodi Summers understands the coastal commercial real estate market. A top producer with Sotheby’s International Realty, Jodi knows finance, rules, regulations, procedures and methods. She is accurate, knowledgeable, timely and aware of how government shapes the cities of Southern California.

Jodi is born in Brooklyn, raised in and around Manhattan – the family business was marketing, Madison Avenue style. Childhood math quiz questions calculated demographic and psychographic percentages or analyzed the allocation of adverting dollars. Word games were for devising slogans.

An honors graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, Jodi moved to California to achieve her goal of living by the beach with a palm tree and a hibiscus bush in her yard.
She thrived as an entrepreneur in the entertainment, media and marketing industries. One of her books, “Marking and Marketing Music,” is in second edition.

“My marketing and communication skills have proven to be a true gift when it comes to promoting real estate,” observes Jodi. “And I am consistently able to get an exceptionally high price per square foot for my sellers.”

Discipline (Jodi holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do), organization, motivation, excellent communication skills and knowing & satisfying the needs of her clients have been her essentials for running a successful business. A passion for investment real estate explains her emphasis in asset-yielding properties.

Her team joined Sotheby’s International Realty for the company’s powerful brand and stellar reputation.
“We offer the broad market knowledge needed to assist clients in formulating a sound acquisition strategy,” Jodi amplifies. “Together, we evaluate various markets, property types and neighborhoods to devise a customized approach that meets each client’s specific objectives.”

Jodi is a member of the Action Apartment Association of Westside income property owners, the Santa Monica Conservancy historic preservation society, the Ocean Park Association, the Friends of Sunset Park community group, the Real Estate Investors Club of L.A., and the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club. Members of her team are fluent in Spanish and Italian.

“Our reputation assures your satisfaction.”


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