The best Web sites around provide unique databases, and some let you do a little snooping.
The Sacramento Bee caused a furor when it launched a database that lets you find out state salaries of high-ranking officials — but also your next door neighbor.
We have some good online databases in our own backyard too. MyNevadaCounty.com, our award-winning county government’s Web site, provides a wealth of information.
One of my favorites allows you to search for deeds, liens, fictitious business names and other recorded documents in our county from the comfort of your home PC — informative in a recession. It’s here.
For example, type “Thomas J. Hastert” under “search recorded documents,” and you can research some of the same information that investigators did when they were looking into Hastert’s business dealings.
When it comes to fictious business names, you can type “Holbrooke LLC” to order information on the limited partnership that owns the Holbrooke, now major news with a threatened closure.
If you want more information, you can order any of the documents from the clerk-recorder’s office.
This is a valuable free online database for all citizens.