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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Herald Zeftung, New Braunfels, Texas    Thursday,    November    14,    1985    Page    3ARents skyrocket in quake ravaged Mexico City DALLAS (AP) — Thousands of people left homeless by Mexico City’s twin earthquakes are battling for already scarce housing, pushing rents up as much as IOO percent in some paris of world's largest metropolis. Burgeoning inflation coupled with the peso’s declining value is aggravating the housing crunch, urban planners, real estate agents and tenants told The Dallas Morning News “In many cases, rents for housing have at least doubled,’’ said Martha Schteingart, an urban planner with El Colegio de Mexico, a Mexico City- based think tank. The Sept. 19 and 20 quakes destroyed or damaged an estimated 3,300 structures and caused approximately $4 billion in damage in the Mexican capital, the Morning News said in a story published Wednesday. Officials said about 20,000 housing units, mostly rental property, were destroyed and hundreds of office buildings collapsed or were irreparably damaged. “The effect this loss has had on the rental market is great,” said Mrs. Schteingart. “Housing was expensive before, and this has made it worse.” In addition, the annual inflation rate was expected to be 60 percent to 65 percent, substantially above the government’s target of 35 percent, of ficials said. The peso, trading at about 380 to the dollar just after the earthquake, went as high as 500 to the dollar last week. The Mario A. Macias engineering firm, for instance, wasn’t prepared for the time it took to find new office space or the cost of the new quarters. “It took three weeks to find another office, and we are paying IOO percent more in rent,” said Noemi Fuentes, a firm employee President Miguel de la Madrid said after the quakes that the government would strictly enforce existing laws on rent increases to protect tenants’ rights But the Federal Consumer Protection Agency has received scores of complaints daily that landlords are trying to raise rents beyond legal limits. Raul Cervantes, an agency spokesman, said Mexican law prohibits rental charges in U S. dollars and annual housing rent increases over 85 percent of the yearly increase in the minimum wage But daily advertisements in Mexico (Tty newspapers quote dollar prices for rents And residents pay higher and higher percentages of their salaries for rents An advertisement appeared recently for a two-bedroom apart ment in the fashionable Polanco neighborhood and a price of $800 was quoted in a telephone conversation The owner, who would not give the Morning News her name, said payment would only be accepted in U S. dollars. Another Polanco apartment which rented for 72.000 pesos in August was being offered for 300,(KH) peso*-; last month. “The law is the law of supply and demand in the jungle of speculation.” said Sergio Puentes, an urban planner with El Colegio de Mexico. Doris Bulnes, a real estate agent said she has been inundated with re quests for houses to rent since the quakes “We’ve received a tremendous amount of calls,” said Ms Bulnes “There was a hysteria the first monthRomanian says defection based on religious reasons HOUSTON (AP) A Romanian seaman who walked off his ship as it was docked in the Port of Houston said one of tho reasons he decided to defect was because of religious freedom Paul Firica, 44, said he wanted to leave Romania so he could practice his Romanian Orthodox Church faith and not do “voluntary work for the communist party.” Firica asked U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service officials Wednesday for political asylum. Paul O'Neill. INS district director in Houston, confirmed that a Romanian seaman had left his ship and applied for asylum But O’Neill and a U S State Department spokeswoman said federal authorities usually don’t reveal defector’s names, for fear their relatives will face reprisals The seaman said in an interview with the Houston Post that he had dreamed for years of defecting to the United States He said he had waited until his family, which includes a wife and two daughters, ages 17 and 23. were able to live without his support. "With the help of Cod. they’ll manage,” he said with teary eyes. Firica walked off the Romanian vessel Zalau Tuesday night. The ship, loaded with cattle hides, left for Romania Wednesday night. Firica said he had heard during his voyage — which included a stop in Cuba — of Miroslav Medvid, the 25-year-old Soviet seaman who tried to defect in Louisiana last month, only to be returned to his ship. “He was worried about that,” said interpreter Bego Memet of Spring, himself a Romanian defector. “He thought they were going to send him back on the ship. If he would have been caught, the only alternative would have been suicide ” Memet said he was visiting a friend at the Harris County Jail in downtown Houston Tuesday night when he heard someone speaking Romanian. Firica had gone there, not knowing where to apply for asylum and unable to speak more than a few English words. “He wants to live in this country and to work and to be free and be an honest citizen for the rest of his life,” Memet said. “He’s one of us now ” Waite says contact made with kidnappers BEIRUT (AP) The archbishop of Canterbury’s special envoy said today he has made contact with kidnappers holding missing Americans and that his efforts to free the hostages have “reached a critical and dangerous stage ” The envoy. Terry Waite, told an impromptu news conference in the lobby of the Commodore Hotel in west Beirut, “Progress is being made and we’re moving forward." He declined to say how he made contact with the kidnappers or give other details Waite flew from London on Horoscope By Stella Wilder THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Born today, you possess a strong, vigorous, even fiery temperament camouflaged beneath a calm, even manner that inspires confidence and trust in those around you However, let another intrude in your private affairs or otherwise provoke an unrestrained outburst and you dispense with the image and reveal what lies beneath quite freely and colorfully. You can be a formidable adversary — but you can be an even better friend and confidant to one who wins your trust and respect You are often driven by a strong sense of duty and responsibility If you think it is your obligation to do something, there is very little anyone can do to dissuade you from it. However, you often feel obligated to serve others before yourself, and you sometimes have to go without. Also born on this dais sr# Aaron Copland, composer; Brian Keith, actor. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthdav and read the corresponding paragraph Let your birthday star be your daily guide FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 15 SCORPIO (Get. 23-Nov. 21) - Donate time and energy to a worthy cause today Your efforts will be greatly appreciated — and profit may result. SAGGITARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)--You should be afforded a rewarding experience if you act on a friend s advice today Express your thanks CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan 19) -You need time alone today Take it, or Wednesday and was driven by armed militiamen to a west Beirut hotel He left three hours later and was driven to an undisclosed destination in the Moslem sector of the Lebanese capital. Waite, a 46-year-old layman, walked today into the Commodore, base for foreign journalists in Beirut He declined to say where he was staying His surprise appearance apparently came after he spotted reporters and photographers near where he was staying and feared they would jeopardize his mission relationships may suffer from unnecessary strain. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) ~ An energetic day that requires focus if it is to be profitable. Make a schedule — and stick to it' PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) - You may be ambivalent about new opportunity Trust your instincts; do not overanalyze Family member offers focus ARIES (March 21-April 19) - You may be asked to assume responsibility today, even enter the spotlight. Possibilities abound. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ~ Though you may feel busy today, do not neglect friends, loved ones who desire your attention Be sure to touch bases GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - Get present financial affairs in order before exploring new investment opportunities, making final decision CANCER (June 21-July 22) - You may feel overwhelmed today by the unknown in personal life. Focus on yourself: what you want; what you need LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Another's viewpoint may seem biased, even completely unreasonable today, but you will profit from listening quietly VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept 22) - Health matters occupy your mind today Do not waste energy worrying; make use of resources to learn the facts LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) - Appointments may require rescheduling today to accommodate unexpected obligations Do not resist today Announce your garage sale in the Herald Classifieds for best results 625-9144 193 W. 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