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Also, a majority of voters in
April's city elections must approve
the plan. Local landlords plan to
launch a campaign to publicize
problems. associated with rent con-
trol in some cities, like a decline in
housing quality, said Jim Morris of
the Ann Arbor Apartment Associa-
The landlords have no specific
plans yet, Morris said, but they are
prepared to get "heavily involved"
after the petitions are signed.
Landlords have argued that form-
ing a board would be impractical be-
cause it would never be able to
monitor every lease.
'We want students to think of (renlt control) as their
- Michael Appel of Student Legal Services
Fred Gruber, a local property
owner, has maintained that rent
prices were constant during the late
1970s because of fixed long-term fi-
nancing. Recently, he said, the fi-
nancing terms ended and banks raised
their rates, causing landlords to in-
crease rent prices in order to catch
According to University's Hous-
ing Division statistics, the average
off-campus rental rates for a two-
bedroom apartment has surged from
$531 during the 1983-84 school year
to $716 this year. Rent prices for
such units increased by $50 from
1985 to 1986, but increased by twice
that amount last year.
Local property owner Sam Levine
said Ann Arbor cannot be compared
to rent-controlled cities like New
York and Los Angeles, because of
its high student population.
Levine said property owners need
to raise rent because student apart-
ments must be refurnished every
three to five years. Standard adult
apartments are only redone every
seven to 10 years, he said.
If rents are controlled, he said,
landlords may be forced to refurnish
less often, leading to conflict be-
tween tenants and landlords.
But officials in the Berkeley, Ca.
Housing Department, such as Hous-
ing Director Ed Kirshner, have
praised the policy, saying unassessed
rent increases goes into tenants'
pockets instead of the landlords'. The
AACFR's plan is loosely based on
Berkeley's 10-year-old policy.
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appeared in more than 200 publica-
tions. Her nine novels include
Woman on the Edge of Time , and
her most recent, Gone to Soldiers,
which was released last May.
A collection of essays called
Parti-Colored Blocks for a Quilt
was published by the University
Press in 1982. The author has lec-
tured and conducted workshops at
over 250 universities.
Last February, she donated a col-
lection of her papers and works -
including drafts of novels, poems,
and essays - to the University's
Department of Rare Books and Spe-
Piercy was born and grew up in
Detroit. She won several honors at
the University, including Hopwood
Awards for fiction and poetry and a
designation as a James B. Angell
Scholar. She graduated in 1957 with
a degree in English Literature, before
earning a masters degree from
Northwestern University. Piercy
now lives in Cape Cod,
Piercy's reading was sponsored by
the Friends of the University Library
as the third lecture in the University
Libraries Noted Author Series.
Compiled from Associated Press reports
Budget negotiations continue
WASHINGTON - Budget negotiators haggled yesterday over the
specifics of tax increases and spending cuts, as a compromise deficit-
reduction blueprint that seemed close only a day earlier began slipping
from their grasp.
"I don't expect any early resolution of the talks... it may take us into
next week," said House Majority Leader Thomas Foley (D-Wash.), chair
of the working group, which had hoped to finish by today.
Asked what the snag was, he replied, "Everything."
"Maybe it just gets darkest before the dawn," said House Republican
Leader Bob Michel of Illinois, with a sigh, as the closed-door talk dragged
on for their 14th day.
The group had been zeroing in Wednesday on the outlines of the plan
to reduce the deficit for fiscal 1988, the budget year which opened Oct. 1,
by about $30 billion and the deficit for the fiscal 1989 by $45 billion or
U.S. trade defICi Udecreases
WASHINGTON - The nation's trade deficit eased to $14.1-billion in
September, the government reported yesterday in statistics that suggested
the U.S. import-export picture was brightening even before the stock
The report, making the lowest trade shortfall in four months, touched
off a rally in the financial markets.
The Commerce Department said the merchandise trade deficit, the gap
between imports and exports, decreased by a strong $1.6 billion in
September from the $15.7 billion level of August.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 61.01 points while the
dollar, which had sunk to new 40-year lows earlier in the week, also
rallied strongly in New York, rising more than one yen in value to
135.83 yen. It also was sharply higher against European currencies.
Ortega creates cease-f ire plan
WASHINGTON - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, after talks
with House speaker Jim Wright, said yesterday that he has come up with
a "concrete proposal" for achieving a cease-fire with Contra rebels.
Ortega, here for a meeting of the Organization of American States, told
reporters he will announce his plan today.
There were strong hints that the proposal would include a role for
Wright in the efforts to reach a cease-fire, but Ortega said he could not
provide details because "we're still refining all of this."
As Oretga spoke, Nicaraguan Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, who
has been designated intermediary in pending cease-fire talks between the
Sandinista forces and the Contras, was heading for Washington and was
expected to take part in the announcement today.
Conservative senator changes
stance, praises Court nominee
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee Anthony Kennedy won
the support of former opponent Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) yesterday in a day
of White House peacemaking sessions free of the bitterness that followed
President Reagan's previous two nominations.
"I think he'll make a fine member of the Supreme Court," Helms, an
outspoken member of the Senate's conservative wing, told reporters after
meeting separately with Reagan and with the federal appellate judge.
Late last month, after the Senate voted down Reagan nominee Robert
Bork, Kennedy was considered the front-runner for the court vacancy until
Helm's said there was no way he would support a Kennedy nomination.
The president also met with Democrat Joseph Biden, chair of the
Judiciary Committee, as Kennedy made courtesy calls on senators.
Quit cold turkey to Win one
For the 11th year, November 19 has been designated as a time for
smokers to unite, take a deep (smokeless) breath, and "give smoking a
kick in the butt" for the American Cancer Society's Great American
The cancer society says smokers are supposed to start a seven-day
countdown today by stocking up on "courage, commitment, and a lot of
On campus, students will be able to pick up a "quit day packet" from a
fishbowl table sponsored by University Health Services next Thursday.
The packet will include hard candy and rubber bands, "so smokers can
snap themselves on the wrist when they're thinking of smoking," said
Teresa Herzog, UHS Substance Abuse Education Coordinator. "And a
button that says 'kiss me,I don't smoke."'
But if that's not enough incentive, UHS will sponsor a special
smokeout raffle. The prize for students who quit cold turkey? That's right,
a cold turkey - just in time for Thanksgiving.
By Lisa Pollak
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